What to Do After a Shreveport Slip and Fall Injury
If you were injured when you slipped, fell, or tripped in a grocery store, restaurant, hotel, or shopping center, you may have extensive doctor bills alongside your pain and suffering. Some slip and fall cases are actionable. In Louisiana, a merchant owes a duty to persons who use his premises to exercise reasonable care to keep his aisles, passageways, and floors in a reasonably safe condition. This duty includes a reasonable effort to keep the premises free of any hazardous conditions which reasonably might give rise to damage. (La. Stat. Ann. § 9:2800.6) Before speaking with an insurance adjuster speak with a Shreveport slip and fall lawyer at Rice & Kendig. Our experienced attorneys can evaluate your case possibilities, including compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress.
Causes of Louisiana Slip and Fall Events
To pursue a claim, you and your attorney need to be able to prove the individual or entity in charge of the property did not maintain or provide a reasonably safe environment. You must also prove that the merchant or property owner had knowledge of the hazardous condition before you fell and failed to correct it or warn. For example, a danger could be present in one or all of the following situations.
- Floors were slick or wet from mopping or waxing
- Oil or grease puddles were present
- Uneven walkways
- Debris clutters public spaces
- Uneven, poor, or inadequate light sources
While these issues can occur from time to time, it is the responsibility of the property owner to fix the issue promptly and if a repair can’t be done immediately, they need to make the risk clear to people. Such as roping off an area and posting an effective sign.
Documentation Helps Your Claim
When you talk to a Shreveport slip and fall lawyer at Rice & Kendig, they will inform you of the process of moving forward with a personal injury claim. Securing documentation is part of the process. For a strong claim, you will need documentation of what caused you to fall, your injuries names of any witnesses and copies of any incident reports. Rice & Kendig will gather the medical information and will follow-up on the evidence to prove your case.
Do not put off connecting with a legal professional. There are time limitations (statutes of limitations) to consider and slip-and-fall accident cases can be complicated. In Louisiana, there is a one year filing deadline. When you move forward early, you have time on your side and are able to gather all of the evidence you need to secure a fair compensation amount.
If you reached out to an insurance company after being injured on a Louisiana business property and were denied compensation, there may still be a path to a settlement amount for your injury. Property owners and their insurance companies think about their bottom line and not your rights. Let a skilled attorney advocate for you.
Were you hurt when you slipped or fell in a Louisiana store? Talk to the personal injury lawyers at Rice & Kendig. We truly care about our clients and devote all our knowledge, skills and resources toward securing a great result every time. You do not need to navigate complicated negotiations on your own. Together, we can achieve success. Contact us today at 318-222-2772 to schedule your free consultation.