Cynthia Dibeh filed a personal-injury lawsuit against Walmart Stores Inc. on September 25. The claim states that Dibeh was a guest at a Walmart store when she slipped and fell in a puddle of mud.
According to Louisiana Record, the plaintiff is claiming that the defendant failed to clean the premises or warn customers about the hazard.
Premises liability claims are notoriously difficult to win – especially against commercial giants such as Walmart Stores Inc. Filing a successful lawsuit requires extensive evidence to prove negligence, liability and damages.
If you were injured on a commercial property in Louisiana, turn to Morris Bart, LLC. A personal-injury lawyer in Lafayette will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and non-economic damages. Our legal team will help you pursue the maximum settlement, and if your case goes to trial, we have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Why Should I Hire a Personal-Injury Attorney to Handle My Premises Liability Lawsuit?
Although it is possible to represent yourself pro se in a personal-injury case, this is almost always a bad idea. A small mistake could threaten the success of your claim or significantly reduce your recovery.
Many slip and fall victims put off legal action until they recover from their injuries. However, in Louisiana, victims of personal injury must file their claims within one year of the accident. If this statute of limitations expires, it is unlikely that the court will hear your case.
It is best to take immediate action after a slip and fall. Over time, evidence may disappear, and witnesses might relocate or change their contact information. As such, you should contact a personal-injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.
Your injury attorney will help you gather evidence to prove negligence, liability and damages. In a slip and fall case, this evidence may take the form of CCTV camera footage, witness testimonies, photos, doctors’ records and other documentation.
Also, your lawyer will help you avoid mistakes such as unknowingly admitting fault, signing a general release, overlooking certain damages or accepting a low settlement. Ultimately, this may allow you to recover more compensation than if you handled your case pro se.
What Steps Should I Take after a Slip and Fall?
Your actions in the immediate aftermath of a slip and fall will affect the success of your claim. Be sure to take these steps:
- Report the incident to the property owner or manager;
- Take photos of your injuries and the hazard that caused the accident;
- Gather contact details from witnesses;
- Look for CCTV cameras – record the footage on your cell phone, and ask for a copy;
- Visit a doctor – even if your injuries do not seem serious;
- And contact a personal-injury lawyer.
If the incident happened in Louisiana, turn to a Lafayette personal-injury lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC. Our legal team has been representing the injured for more than 30 years. Schedule a free initial consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.