Representing Clients Injured in Slip and Fall Accidents
Most people do not take slip and fall accidents very seriously. We have all slipped and fallen at some point, with only minor or no injuries. However, too many people know from experience that slip and fall accidents may result in serious injuries that may plague you for weeks, months or even years.
If you’ve suffered injuries from a slip and fall, you know all too well how it can disrupt your life. Serious injuries can cause physical pain, financial stress, and even emotional trauma. If someone else was responsible for causing your slip and fall accident, you have important legal rights you can exercise to recover for your losses and should discuss a possible claim with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
The law office of Egenberg, APLC represents slip and fall victims in and around New Orleans. If you have been injured in a slip and fall, contact our office online or call us at 504-229-5700 for a free case evaluation today.
Slip and Falls Can Happen Anywhere
You can slip and fall in almost any location—in a store or business, at work, at your own home, at a friend’s house, or in a public place like a park. There are many different causes of slip and fall accidents. Sometimes, a fall happens simply because someone loses their balance. However, in many cases, a slip and fall occur because of a dangerous hazard such as:
- Wet floors with inadequate warnings
- Slippery flooring surfaces due to wear or polish
- Ramps without handrails or anti-slip flooring
- Broken or uneven steps
- Crooked floor slats or tiles
- Rugs without anti-slip mats
- Stairs that are too steep or narrow
- Inadequate lighting in halls or stairwells
- Objects or debris left on the ground
- Small step-downs without warnings
- Broken railings
- Electrical cords left across walking areas
- Failure to clear ice and snow from sidewalks
Slip and Fall Injuries Can Be Surprisingly Serious
Slip and falls are often associated with scrapes, light bruises, or other minor injuries that can be treated at home. In reality, many people suffer significantly more serious injuries when they slip and fall. Some common serious injuries include:
Broken bones – Many people fracture different bones when they fall. Whether they break a wrist trying to catch themselves or fracture their tailbone when they land, such injuries can be painful and can substantially limit the ability to work and participate in regular activities. Most broken bones take months to heal and some even require surgical repair.
Neck and back injuries – Anyone who has had a neck or back injury knows how excruciating these injuries can be. Neck and back injuries can affect your every movement and may prevent you from working or even walking for a period of time. Often, a lengthy course of physical therapy is necessary as part of recovery.
Soft tissue injuries – Anytime you twist or stretch in a wrong way—which is common when you suddenly fall—you can injure your muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Sprains, strains, and tears can all cause serious pain and require physical therapy before you can regain full strength and range of movement to return to your regular life.
Concussions and brain injuries – Often, people who slip and fall may hit their heads on the ground or on objects nearby. Such a blow to the head can result in concussions or even moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries can have a wide variety of effects that may affect cognitive and physical functioning for weeks or months following an accident.
If you slip and fall and then feel any pain, disorientation, or anything unusual, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. The sooner you start treatment, the sooner you can get back on your feet. Having a timely diagnosis is also important for any subsequent legal claims.
Seeking Compensation for Your Slip and Fall Losses
Business and property owners have the duty to identify and address hazards to keep customers and visitors safe from injury. When they fail to do so, they should be held liable for all of your fall-related injuries and losses. In order to seek compensation for those losses, you generally will want to file a claim with the business’s liability insurance policy.
Both businesses and their insurers work hard to avoid liability whenever they can. For this reason, it is always wise to enlist the help of a legal professional who understands how to handle these insurance claims. Our skilled personal injury lawyers can help in the following ways and more:
- Gather evidence of the business’s liability in your slip and fall.
- Calculate your past and future damages.
- Review settlement offers and advises you when they are too low.
- Use our skill and resources to negotiate the offer you deserve.
- Recognize when an insurance claim will not be sufficient in your case and when a personal injury lawsuit may be needed.
- Handle all aspects of the litigation process, working toward a settlement agreement that will fully cover your losses.
- With an experienced attorney, you can focus on your recovery while your attorney handles negotiations with insurance companies and bring litigation if necessary, to ensure you are paid fair compensation for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced New Orleans Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
If you were injured after slipping and falling in a store, restaurant, hotel, or on someone else’s property in the New Orleans area, do not wait to consult with a dedicated premises liability attorney at Egenberg, APLC. We can help you seek the full amount you need to cover your losses and help you move on with your life. Contact our office online or call us at 504-229-5700 for a free case evaluation.