Trip and fall injuries occur when there are hidden hazards, poor lighting, abrupt changes in the walkway, lack of adequate handrails, or inadequate warning of a change in elevation.
Slip and fall injuries often result from such conditions as water, ice, paint or other slippery substances on a walking surface. Trip and fall, or slip and fall accident cases, can occur at work or on commercial, residential, or government property.
Trip and fall actions require evidence that:
In slip and fall cases, the property owner (or his or her insurance carrier) may argue that the party claiming injury is partially, or fully, responsible for the accident that led to the injuries.
In Louisiana, an injured party’s damages award will be reduced by a percentage that is equal to his or her share of liability. For example, a party who is found to be 25% to blame in a slip and fall case would only collect $7,500 of a $10,000 damages award.
Below are some common causes for an injured party to be partially or fully at fault for the slip and fall accident:
If you are the victim of a slip/trip and fall accident, your claim should be investigated as quickly as possible and it should include documentation of the conditions that led to your fall. Proper notification should be given to the property owner and an accident report should be filled out immediately. The names and phone numbers of any witnesses should be collected. Sometimes expert evaluations of the accident site are required.
Slip and fall injuries may include soft-tissue injuries to the back or neck, as well as broken bones, knee injuries, nerve damage, spinal cord injury, and head injuries which sometimes result in permanent disabilities.
If you have suffered an injury in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the experienced Louisiana accident attorneys at Smiley Law Firm.