Louisiana Slip & Fall Injuries

In Alexandria, Louisiana, a warning sign marks areas that could cause slip and fall accidents.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip, trip and fall cases, also known as premises liability cases, can occur when a property owner or manager has been negligent in the maintenance or repair of property, including restaurants, malls, supermarkets and hotels.

Our firm has helped many unfortunate individuals that were the victim of negligent property maintenance. It is extremely important that you have an attorney immediately review your case, so that supporting evidence can be gathered and preserved.

If you believe you may have a slip/trip and fall case in Louisiana, including Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Monroe or Lafayette, contact us today so that we can review your case.

Fall Statistics Show Elderly Most Vulnerable

Slip and fall accidents or trip and fall accidents can occur at countless locations, including retail stores, restrooms, office buildings, banks, malls, construction sites, nursing homes, parking lots, casinos and grocery stores.

Building codes and safety standards are established in order to protect the public in those spaces. If any of the above areas are particularly dangerous, they should be equipped with proper warning signs or closed to public traffic altogether. In addition, all walkways and floors should be safe and free from slipping and tripping hazards. When safety standards are not upheld, visitors, workers or guests are in danger.

The elderly are especially prone to falls. Every year in the United States, one in three people over 65 will experience a fall, and more than 15,000 people aged 65 or older died as a result of a fall in one recent year. Consider these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • One in three adults aged 65 and older falls each year. Nearly one in three of those adults will have injuries severe enough to affect their ability to live independently. The falls may also increase the likelihood of an early death.
  • Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes.
  • ER departments treat about 2.5 million fall injuries among older adult each year, and about one-third of those patients are admitted to the hospital for treatment.
  • Types of Injuries in Falls

    In 2013, the medical bills for falls among the elderly totaled $34 billion, according to the CDC. The CDC reports these kinds of injuries among senior patients who have fallen:

  • About three-fourths of fall deaths, were caused by brain injuries and injuries to the lower extremities
  • Fractures were the most common injuries and account for about 61 percent of the total treatment costs
  • On average, the hospitalization cost for a fall injury was over $35,000
  • Hip fractures were the most serious and costly fall-related fracture.
  • What to Do After a Slip & Fall

    If you are injured in a slip or trip and fall accident, take the following steps:

  • Don’t make statements
  • Get the names of property owners and managers
  • Get the names of any witnesses present during the accident
  • Take photographs of the area where you were injured
  • Keep any clothing and footwear you were wearing at the time of the accident
  • Seek medical attention for your injuries
  • Do not make statements to insurance adjusters.
  • How Our Firm Can Help

    You may have serious injuries and mounting medical bills after a fall. Neblett, Beard & Arsenault is here to help. Our goal is to show the merchant or property owner had knowledge of the hazardous condition prior to the accident. When we handle your case from start to finish, we will:

  • Explain every step of the process in simple terms.
  • Keep you informed as your claim moves forward.
  • Gather all supporting evidence, so that you can rely on us to cover every base in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident.
  • Negotiate with insurance companies to make sure you get the settlement you deserve.
  • Fight for compensation to cover your medical care and treatment, rehabilitation.
  • Calculate nursing costs, medication costs, as well as any lost earnings and your pain and suffering.
  • Choose Neblett, Beard & Arsenault

    The attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault have earned a reputation as a sought-after and successful personal injury firm. We have a record of high value settlements for cases involving serious injuries. We are passionate about assisting injury victims and holding responsible parties accountable for their actions.

    Our team of aggressive litigators has the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell®, and our outstanding track record in personal injury cases is a testament to the fact that we know personal injury law. Our attorneys have dedicated themselves to pursuing justice for injured individuals throughout Louisiana.

    We understand that dealing with an injury can be extremely traumatic. It can be difficult to think about legal issues when you are struggling with severe pain and the under medical care. Allow us to fight for you so that you can focus on your recovery. If you have recently been injured in a slip and fall accident, let our personal injury attorneys assist you with your claim.

    Sources:

  • National Floor Safety Institute: Quick Facts
  • Centers for Disease Control