Lafayette, Louisiana Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Any situation in which a person is injured by slipping, or otherwise losing footing, and falling because of a dangerous condition on the premises is a slip and fall accident. These falls may happen inside or outside a structure, and result from poor, wet, or uneven flooring, inadequate lighting, or, for outdoor accidents, possibly weather-related or hidden hazards: icy patches or cracks or potholes are common culprits, for example.
All slip and fall accidents deal with premises liability and are covered by negligence law in personal injury law. Any individual owning property has a “duty of care” to the safety of that property. This includes structural defects and any other conditions that could cause an accident, both inside and out. Some states also hold property owners to a duty to reduce weather-related problem areas (standing water, icy pathes, etc). In addition to or complementary to the duty of care of the property owner is the duty of an visitor to the property to exercise reasonable care. If any action you may have taken has contributed to the accident, you may share in the negligence.
Should you experience a Lafayette slip and fall accident, attempt to determine what made you fall and whether it could have been anticipated and prevented. If get names and addresses of any and all witnesses. Take note of the conditions in the area, including any oustanding hazards or contributing factors to your fall (poor lighting, slippery substance). In the case of a substance on the floor, try to obtain a sample. Also, if possible, get pictures of the area. Report any such accident to the manager or owner and insist that they make a record of it.
In any slip-and-fall-accident, it is your responsibility to prove that a hazard existed and that it was the cause of your accident.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Jim Lambert at 337-446-2766. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.