Injured in a Slip-and-Fall Accident?
Equip Yourself With The Knowledge Of An Attorney
The only true way to equip yourself with the knowledge of an attorney is to hire a good one. One who will be with you during every part of your case, and educate you along the way so that you never feel left in the dark.
Getting injured—regardless of how it happens—can make your life come to a screeching halt. It can exhaust you both mentally and physically, and deplete you of energy when you need it the most.
At Robichaux Law Firm, LLC, we understand this. This is why we take a focused and compassionate approach to every personal injury case we handle, and maintain steadfast attention to achieving our goal: getting you the compensation you deserve, with as little effort on your part as possible.
This article addresses some of the most common questions asked by people who have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident in Louisiana. A little knowledge goes a long way when it comes to grounding and preparing you in an otherwise uncertain and scary situation.
How Much Time Do I Have To File A Slip-And-Fall Claim In Louisiana?
In Louisiana, the statute of limitations on almost all personal injury claims—include slip-and-fall accidents—is one year from the date of the accident. Filing as early as possible in these cases is important, because doing so will provide your slip-and-fall accident attorney ample time to investigate the case, collect evidence necessary to prove liability, and negotiate with the defendant(s).
If you miss the statute of limitations deadline, you could be forever barred from filing a claim for the injury in question.
How Can I Prove That I Wasn’t At Fault For My Injury, Especially If There Were No Witnesses?
Your slip-and-fall attorney will play a critical role in helping you prove that the other party—whether that’s a business owner, a governmental entity, or private property owner—was at fault for the conditions which led to the slip-and-fall incident.
While witnesses can be extremely helpful in these cases, not having any doesn’t mean you don’t have a case. There are many other forms of evidence which can be sufficient for proving liability. For example, during their investigation, your attorney might request surveillance footage from a nearby camera to determine whether your slip-and-fall accident and/or the events leading up to it were captured on video.
If you think you have a valid slip-and-fall claim on your hands but aren’t sure how to prove it, call a personal injury attorney who has experience handling slip-and-fall claims.
What If I Was Partially Responsible For My Injury?
In many cases, the defendant will claim that you (the injured party) contributed to your injury in some way. For example, they might claim that had you been looking more closely at where you were going, you could have avoided the accident altogether.
This might be the defendant’s attempt to avoid liability. Or, it could be true that some of the responsibility falls on your shoulders.
In Louisiana, being found partially at fault for a personal injury does not preclude the victim from obtaining compensation. This is because there is a ‘pure comparative negligence’ rule in Louisiana, which means that even if you are found 99 percent at fault for a slip-and-fall accident, you could still recover one percent of your damages.
In other words, the compensation you receive will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you.
Why Should I Hire A Slip-And-Fall Accident Attorney?
When it comes to a slip-and-fall claim—and really any other type of personal injury claim in Louisiana—your biggest obstacle to financial recovery will be the at-fault party’s insurance company.
It is important for people to understand that the insurance adjusters who work for these companies have one job to do: limit the value of your claim, so that the insurance company doesn’t lose money.
If they’re able to get your claim all the way down to $0, you can bet they’ll do it, even if you have been clearly injured due to the negligence of their insured. This is an unfortunate truth, but not one that can’t be mitigated with top-tier legal representation.
What If I Can’t Afford To Hire A Personal Injury Attorney Who Specializes In Slip-And-Fall Cases?
It’s common for people to assume that they won’t be able to afford an attorney, and unfortunately, this dissuades a lot of people from going after the compensation they deserve.
The good news is that most personal injury attorneys in Louisiana won’t charge you until you’ve won your case. In other words, your attorney won’t get paid until you get paid.
What Sort Of Compensation Could I Receive?
There are several kinds of compensation that you may be eligible to receive after sustaining a slip-and-fall injury. Each case is unique, and both the amount and type of compensation will vary depending on the facts of the case, including the severity of the injury, whether the injury will have long-term effects, the amount of insurance available, and the extent to which the at-fault party was negligent.
Damages can include the following:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
Speak with an experienced slip-and-fall attorney for a more detailed picture of what you may be eligible to receive.
Slip-And-Fall Accident Attorneys In Louisiana
To ensure that your right to compensation is fully protected and that you don’t get taken advantage of by large insurance companies with limitless defense resources, speak to a competent slip-and-fall accident attorney today.
At Robichaux Law Firm, LLC, our doors are open for you. We’ll provide you with a free consultation so you won’t have to worry about making any sort of commitment right away. We want you to get a feel for who we are and why we do what we do, because we want you to not only feel comfortable hiring us, but absolutely confident that we’re the right attorneys for you.
We have offices in New Orleans, Louisiana and Chalmette, Louisiana.
Get going on the road to financial and emotional recovery today, and call us at (504) 332-8188.