What To Do After a Slip and Fall Accident in Louisiana
When you slip and fall on someone else’s property, be it at a residence, grocery store, restaurant, or school, you may be left both trying to physically recover and navigate the process of how to get your bills paid for. The good news is that premises liability laws exist to protect those injured on a business or residential property.
Under Louisiana’s premises liability laws, property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that their premises are “reasonably safe” for visitors and take steps to both mitigate potential hazards and warn guests of them.
When negligent property owners fail to take these steps, slip and fall accidents and injuries can occur. Learn what to do if you are ever in this situation; the steps you take after being injured are crucial to your health, safety, and recovery:
Report the Accident
In order to receive compensation for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident, you and your attorney must prove that the accident occurred and when. Reporting the accident is a critical part of the puzzle. Far too often, slip and fall accident victims simply skip over this step—and it can cause their whole case to fall apart.
Once the store or property owner is notified of the accident, they will investigate the claim on their own, gather evidence, and report it to their insurance company. Your report will create a paper trail that your attorney will need to prove that the accident caused your injuries.
Take Photos, Notes, and Witness Statements
Physical evidence and witness statements are key to successfully pursuing compensation for slip and fall injuries. If you are able to take photos after the accident, do so or have someone you trust to take them for you.
The more photos you have and the more variety, the better. Include wide and close-up angles from numerous directions, the exact location of where it happened, and factors that may have contributed to the fall. Conditions can change rapidly—for instance, if you slip and fall on a wet floor, the water may dry or be cleaned quickly—so do this as quickly as possible.
Additionally, you should try to get the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident or was present immediately before or after. If they allow you to, take recorded statements and write down notes of everything you remember happening.
Get Medical Treatment Immediately
Some people know immediately that they have been injured after a slip and fall or trip and fall accident. Other times, symptoms may not fully manifest until days or weeks after the accident. You may think that it’s just a little neck or back pain and it will go away shortly.
However, if your injury turns out to be anything that needs medical treatment, it can harm your case if you fail to get medical attention immediately. The insurance company may claim that there is no way to directly link your injuries to the slip and fall accident and attempt to deny your claim.
Once you do see a doctor, always follow their recommendations and go to all follow-up appointments.
Do Not Give a Recorded Statement
Before accepting any sort of settlement offer or even speaking with the insurance company, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney first who can guide you through the process and put you first. Despite what you may think after speaking on the phone with the insurance adjuster, the insurance company is not your friend.
They will offer you as low as a settlement as they think you will take or even try to use your own statement against you. Arm yourself with the legal representation you need to ensure your rights are protected.
Contact an Attorney Who Will Put You First
You shouldn’t have to front the bills for your medical expenses and other damages because of a negligent property owner. At The Chopin Law Firm, our New Orleans injury attorneys come backed with 50+ years of legal experience advocating on behalf of those injured in Louisiana.
When clients come to us for help, they don’t just get legal representation—they get a team of experienced legal advocates who are dedicated to putting them first. You are our first priority and you can rest assured knowing we will fight hard for your maximum financial recovery. If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall, there are no fees and no obligations to sit down with our legal team and discuss your options moving forward with our firm.
Contact our slip and fall accident attorneys at (504) 475-2429 or fill out our online contact form to get started on your case.