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accident_report-300x200Everyone has an expectation that the property will be safe when they go inside a store, whether it’s a small market or a big-box superstore. That means floors should be free of slip and fall hazards and aisles void of trip and fall hazards, among other things. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. When you’re hurt in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident on a merchant’s property, there are certain things you must do as part of your Louisiana lawsuit. To make sure you are putting together the right case to get you the successful outcome you seek, be sure to reach out to an experienced New Orleans injury attorney.

Whether your slip-and-fall incident is a merchant liability case or one against a private property owner, you must show that the property owner had actual notice of the hazard or else had “constructive notice.” Constructive notice means that the dangerous condition existed for a long enough period of time that the property owner would have known about it if it “exercised reasonable care.”

Ball_hit_golf-300x200Premises liability-related injuries can come in a variety of types. People most commonly picture these types of cases as “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” scenarios, but the reality is that there’s an array of accidents that can lead to your potentially receiving compensation in a successful premises liability lawsuit. Want to know more? Contact an experienced New Orleans injury attorney to find out how the law applies to your specific circumstance.

Recently, news sources like USA Today reported on the unfortunate and graphic injury a spectator suffered at Ryder Cup golf event in France. One of the golfers hit an errant shot that veered into the gallery and struck the woman in the face. Reports described the injury as an “exploded” eyeball and indicated that doctors expected the woman to lose sight in that eye permanently.

Louisiana_map-300x210In a Louisiana personal injury legal case, you may hear many technical words and phrases tossed around. You might hear things like “venue,” “personal jurisdiction,” “subject matter jurisdiction” or “territorial jurisdiction.” These things can be extremely important to your case because if you sue in the wrong court where jurisdiction isn’t present your action may get dismissed. Even if you are allowed to re-file later, it will cost you valuable time and may cost you your case entirely if the statute of limitations has run out. That’s why it is so important to get it right the first time. To that end, you should be sure that you have legal representation from a knowledgeable New Orleans injury attorney, to avoid these legal traps that can potentially stymie otherwise deserving plaintiffs.

One injury case that included extensive arguments about jurisdiction was the auto accident case of C.T. C.T. was injured in New Orleans in the fall of 2011. One year minus one day later, she sued in parish court in Jefferson Parish to seek compensation for her injuries. The injured woman sued the other driver and his auto insurer. The defense tried to attack the lawsuit using a procedural approach. They argued that because the accident happened in Orleans Parish and the defendant driver lived in Orleans Parish, the court in Jefferson Parish didn’t have jurisdiction to try the case.

Staircase_accident-300x199When you are injured in a trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall accident on the premises of a commercial building, you may have various options. Your legal claim for damages may properly seek compensation from the building’s owner, or perhaps against a tenant. The key is to determine who legally “controlled” the area where you were injured and to target that party (or parties) in your legal action. To make sure your case in handled with optimal efficiency and effectiveness, be sure to retain the services of an experienced New Orleans injury attorney.

Recently, a woman was injured while exiting a commercial building in New Orleans. E.C. was leaving the building when she stepped onto a set of cement stairs and fell. The staircase did not have a handrail. E.C. suffered serious injuries, including multiple disc herniations, left knee strain and nerve damage. The injured woman pursued the owner of the building in her lawsuit.

fallen_woman-300x199Sometimes, you may have some – but not all – of the information you need about a legal matter. Say, for example, you are injured during a slip and fall at a business because a spill was left on the floor. You may know that this spill potentially makes the business liable for your injuries. However, how long must the spill have been on the floor in order for you to win your case? What types of evidence do you need to demonstrate that the spill was there long enough? These and other things may, quite reasonably, be outside the scope of your knowledge. That’s why, if you’ve experienced a slip-and-fall injury, you should equip yourself and your case with the knowledge provided by a skilled New Orleans injury attorney.

A recent case from here in New Orleans involved actual facts similar to the hypothetical ones above. A guest at a New Orleans casino slipped, fell and got hurt crossing a walkway. She allegedly slipped because she stepped on some food on the floor. According to the guest, she was in the process of leaving the casino and was passing through a dimly lit area between a restaurant and a lounge when she slipped. Allegedly, a casino employee told her she slipped on a “smushed grape.”

filling_deadlines-300x200In your auto accident injury case, you’ll likely face many types of opposition from the other side. They may argue that you do not have enough evidence to have a valid case, that you’ve sued the wrong party, that the court lacks jurisdiction to rule for you, or that you’ve fallen short of procedural requirements, such as filing deadlines. Whether the potential hurdle placed in your way is jurisdictional, factual or procedural, it is important to have a skilled advocate on your side to overcome that hurdle. For this kind of representation, be sure to rely on a skilled and experienced Louisiana injury attorney.

One type of filing deadline with which many people are familiar is the statute of limitations. There are actually many other deadlines, depending on the circumstances, imposed by the statutes and the court rules. These deadlines are very important, because missing even one may be enough to cause the dismissal of your case, meaning you receive no compensation.

forklift_panels-300x200Most injuries are painful, and many can be long-lasting or even lifelong in terms of their effects. Still, there are some injuries that are especially painful and damaging. For example, there is something called a “de-gloving” injury. A de-gloving is incredibly painful and damaging and happens when a large area of skin from a limb is basically ripped off the tissue beneath it. They often result in a lifetime of pain, as well as permanent disability.

There are several types of vehicle accidents that can cause de-gloving injuries, including motorcycle and bicycle crashes, as well as pedestrian accidents. Given the extensiveness of these injuries and the long-lasting effects they cause, including perhaps effectively ending a victim’s ability to work in his previously chosen career, knowing how to secure a full amount of compensation is a must. This is one reason among many to be sure you have a knowledgeable Louisiana injury attorney handling your case.

elevator_maintenance-300x200When you’re hurt in an elevator accident, there may be multiple people or entities who are potentially to blame and who may owe you compensation. This is one of the many reasons why skilled Louisiana premises liability counsel can help you with your case. For example, an elevator may be located in a building that is owned by one entity and leased by another. There may be still a third separate entity whom the owner or tenant retained to provide maintenance and upkeep on the building’s elevators. If an elevator fails and causes an injury, one, two, or perhaps all of these types of entities could be appropriately sued by you, in addition to your naming their insurers in the lawsuit too.

A recent case from Baton Rouge offered a real-life example of how this type of case can unfold, and what it takes to achieve a successful result. Patricia was at a medical center and riding an elevator when her accident happened. According to Patricia’s lawsuit, the elevator car opened, and, as she exited, the car dropped suddenly and then abruptly went up. This process allegedly threw Patricia into a wall and caused her to suffer significant injuries.

Suffering injuries in a trip-andtrip_and_fall-300x199-fall or slip-and-fall accident can be painful, both physically and emotionally. If you’ve suffered harm due to a hazardous condition on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to recover damages. In many of these situations, the property owner will try to defeat your lawsuit by arguing that the hazard that felled you was “open and obvious.” A recent Louisiana Court of Appeal ruling in favor of an injured woman further clarified when a hazard can (and cannot) be open and obvious. When it comes to these and other areas of the law that can often be very nuanced, it helps to have an experienced Louisiana premises liability attorney on your side.

The dispute that spawned the recent Court of Appeal opinion was a premises liability case pitting two sets of New Orleans neighbors against each other. Carol was walking her dog at around 10:15 pm

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Suffering a broken/fractured bone in a car or truck accident can be painful and costly. Naturally, you’ll want to understand how your injury might affect the compensation you can recover. The settlement or award you receive will help you to cover medical costs, damages suffered as a result of not being able to work, and trauma you have been put through.

One common question we are frequently asked here at is, “How much is my case worth?” Because every case and injury is unique, it is difficult to give an exact number. However, certain factors affect a settlement, which your New Orleans personal injury attorney at Cardone Law Firm is fully aware of.