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Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer in New Orleans, LA

Have you recently been hurt in a slip and fall accident? Contact slip and fall injury lawyer, Mike Mahone, today to discuss the details of your case. 

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Business and property owners are legally required to adhere to reasonable safety standards to prevent slips, trips, and falls in workplaces, stores, etc.

If you or a loved one has sustained slip and fall injuries, it’s good to know the law is on your side.

But how do you know if your case is genuine?

It’s generally recommended to consult slip and fall injury lawyers to review your case. Well, trusted personal injury lawyer, Mike Mahone, is here to answer your questions and help you determine if you have grounds for legal action.

When you partner with The Mahone Firm, you can look forward to receiving individualized legal services every step of the way, right from the start to the date of settlement.

You will always be addressing Mike directly, and not through a legal assistant or paralegal. Mike is committed to solving your case as efficiently as possible.

To help you learn more about slip and fall cases, we’ve prepared detailed answers to commonly asked questions.

Slip & Fall Injury Lawyer FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Can I sue for a slip and fall?

Yes, you have the legal right to sue for a slip and fall that results in injury.

There are several things you should consider before filing a lawsuit, though. For example, you must assess the severity of your accident and see if it’s worth proceeding with a lawsuit.

If it’s just a minor injury, such as a slightly injured ankle or bruised leg, then filing a slip and fall lawsuit may not be an ideal option.

However, falls involving severe injuries that lead to a substantial amount of medical expenses should be considered. Depending on your condition, you may need future medical treatment and therapy that can be quite expensive.

In some cases, an injury can render a person disabled, making it difficult for them to work anymore.

Taking the case to court can help you receive compensation for lost wages for the days missed at work, and possibly for the future if you become permanently disabled.

In Fact:

You may also be compensated for pain and suffering, as well as the loss of consortium. Loss of consortium is applicable in cases where an injury sustained negatively affects the relationship with your spouse or family.

But please note that not every kind of severe slip or fall automatically gives you the right to file a lawsuit. Instead, you’ll need to prove that the property or business owner was aware of the unsafe obstacles or some hazardous conditions but didn’t do anything to make the environment safe.

You can prove negligence if, for example, a fall is a result of uneven surfaces, poor visibility, spills on the floor, and dangerous flooring materials and the owner knew about it. 

But if you slip because you were glued to your phone while walking or otherwise weren’t paying attention, the property owner may be able to avoid being held liable.

What is the average payout for a slip and fall injury?

Since each slip and fall case is unique, you can expect the amount of compensation awarded to vary substantially. It’s challenging to determine one average amount. 

When determining compensation, the attorney in charge of your case will take several factors into account. They mainly include present and future medical costs, the extent of the injuries, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, as well as pain and emotional suffering.

  • Medical bills

A claim will at least include the cost of your accident-related medical treatment. This includes hospital bills, doctor bills, surgeries, medication, and ongoing medical costs. The incidental costs, such as expenses for traveling to see a doctor, may also be factored in.

  • Pain and suffering

Calculating pain and suffering damages is not straightforward, like medical bills. There’s no rule for determining the exact value you may be entitled to. By evaluating the nature and extent of your damages, slip and fall injury lawyers can determine a suitable value. The value of pain and suffering differs from case to case so there is no hard and fast rule for how to determine the amount of damages. 

  • Lost wages and earning capacity

Your attorney (and possibly an expert) will help you calculate the value of wages lost during the several days, weeks, months, or years you missed work because of slip and fall injuries. If the injuries suffered means you won’t ever work again as you did before, then you may receive money to cover for your lost earnings.

Do I need a lawyer for a slip and fall injury?

Navigating slip and fall cases can be a complex, time-consuming, and stressful process. They aren’t suited for self-representation, especially if you don’t have a legal background. Unless fault is obvious to establish, you know that property owners, together with the insurance providers, aren’t going to accept legal responsibility easily. 

Besides, they usually come prepared with their legal team, a reason enough you too should have a lawyer by your side.

Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer can help establish sufficient proof that a property owner was indeed negligent and, because of their negligence, you suffered the injuries. 

Professionals will examine the scene of the accident and collect solid facts to support why and how you fell. The attorney can also review the local, state, and federal laws carefully and see if there are any violations relating to property conditions.

With slip and fall injury lawyers, you can also prove losses suffered by your accident. For the untrained eye, proving the nature of damages or the severity of injuries sustained can be a significant challenge. The defendant’s legal team is ready to capitalize on that.

Your lawyer can help with obtaining and organizing the essential documents for presentation, such as medical reports and bills and employment records to prove loss of income.

An experienced attorney can increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve for non-economic losses like “loss of consortium” and “pain and suffering.” This is an essential component of your claim that requires presenting an argument in the best possible light.

How long do you have to sue for a slip and fall?

Every state has its legal deadline for filing a slip and fall lawsuit. The time limit can be slightly different, but some states, including Louisiana, require filing your case in a civil court system within one year. 

Let’s get one thing clear —

this doesn’t mean that the case needs to be resolved and compensation awarded before this deadline but must be filed. Simply making a claim with the other insurance company is not enough. 

Claim submissions after the expiration of the statute of limitations would be a waste of time. You will have lost your legal privileges, and the property owner can ask the court to dismiss the case. 

It’s crucial to get in touch with slip and fall lawyers as soon as possible to evaluate your case and discuss the possibilities before filing the complaint.

When a business or property owner knows they are at fault and there’s evidence to back up the negligence, they will be willing to make a settlement out of court. But if you notice the deadline is close while the negotiations for settlement are ongoing, then it’s worth filing a lawsuit to protect yourself. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Do most slip and fall cases settle?

Slip and fall cases, like most personal injury cases, tend to settle without the need for a trial. This is because most property owners and insurance companies often seek to settle slip and fall cases out of courts for apparent reasons. It’s faster and far less expensive than a trial. 

Jury awards tend to be a lot higher than settlement offers. The trial process can also take several months or even years.

Uncertainty of the trial outcome can also make anyone want to consider their options because they know there’s a possibility that they will not win. Let’s face it; it’s pointless to spend a lot of money and time in the stressful process only for the judge to rule against them.

The main benefit of a settlement is that it usually ends the dispute for good. A trial verdict, on the other hand, can be appealed.

But as we said earlier, each lawsuit is different. It’s not that easy to determine whether a settlement is the best idea in your case. But, knowledgeable slip and fall injury lawyers can help advise you on the best solution for you.

Don’t be too quick to enter into settlement negotiations with the insurer without the help of a lawyer. You can expect an insurance company to immediately assign an adjuster to try and resolve the issue without involving the legal system (and save the insurance company money).

Talk to a New Orleans Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer Today

When you’re ready to discuss your situation with a reputable and trusted legal professional in Louisiana, contact The Mahone Firm for a free evaluation of your case. As an experienced personal injury lawyer, Mike Mahone knows how to protect your rights through an expert legal presentation. Whether you choose to pursue the case in court or out of court, Mike will ensure you are fairly treated in all negotiations.

Contact Mike Mahone Today! 

The Mahone Firm is located at 5190 Canal Blvd Suite 102, New Orleans, LA 70124. We’re open 8 Am-6 PM Mon-Fri & Closed Sat-Sun.

For any additional questions, you can give us a call at (504) 564-7342 or find us on Yelp.

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