Slip and fall injuries in Louisiana can often be serious. If you are injured while on someone else’s property, you might think that the owner of the property is automatically responsible for your injuries.
In Louisiana, to recover damages for a slip and fall accident you must prove that (1) there was a hazard which constituted an unreasonable risk of harm and (2) that the premises owner created the hazard or knew or should have known about the hazard. You should also consider whether your fall was partly due to your own negligence, as that can affect your potential recovery.
Imagine you walk into a convenience store and you slip on a pool of liquid spilled on the floor. To have a viable claim, you’ll have to prove that the store either caused the spill or had knowledge of it on the floor, and with that knowledge was unreasonable in cleaning it up promptly. You’ll also need to consider your behavior that may have led to the accident. Did you contribute to the accident because you were distracted and didn’t notice an obvious hazard? In Louisiana, any recovery will be offset by the percentage of your fault in the accident.
Not every slip and fall injury will lead to the filing of a lawsuit. In fact, most don’t. But, even if you think you’ll be able to settle your claim out of court, allow yourself sufficient time to file suit. In Louisiana, the time limit for filing is one year.
The best thing to do if you are injured in a slip and fall, or any other injury caused by another’s negligence, is to seek legal advice promptly. Our attorneys provide a free initial consultation, so it doesn’t cost you anything to get the advice you need to protect your interests. Our expert Louisiana personal injury attorneys will go over the facts of your case, and advise you as to the best course of action.