How long can a slip and fall case take?

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A Louisiana slip and fall case can take anywhere from 6 months to several years to resolve. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict exactly how long your slip and fall claim will take to resolve, since there are so many variables at play.

That being said, there are a number of stages that every slip and fall case will progress through on its way to resolution. They include the following:

Free consultation

Your initial consultation with Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys is totally free. You’ll have the chance to explain to one of our lawyers what happened in your case, and we’ll answer any questions you may have. Then, you’ll be able to decide if we’re the right personal injury attorneys to represent you.


Once you hire us, we’ll launch a full investigation into the cause of your slip and fall accident, to determine if your case is viable and who to hold liable. Usually, that party will be the property owner, though the investigation will fully reveal who is responsible for your injuries.

Filing a complaint

The first major step of any personal injury lawsuit, the complaint is an official document describing the nature of your lawsuit and the damages you’ll seek. We’ll send the complaint to the party you’re filing the lawsuit against, and wait for their answer—which is due within a set time period.

Demand letter

After receiving the answer to your complaint, we’ll send the defendant a demand letter that formally states your demands in order to resolve the case. This letter also states why your demands are legally justified.

Discovery and trial preparation

The discovery process allows each party to a lawsuit to share information so that the proceedings stay fair. We’ll work to obtain all the information we need to argue for the compensation you deserve, including related documents, depositions, and others.

Settlement negotiations

The majority of slip-and-fall cases reach a settlement before going to trial. Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys will negotiate on your behalf with the other party’s insurance company to reach a settlement. However, if the other party refuses to settle, your case will head to court.


If unable to reach a settlement, your case will proceed to trial, featuring a judge and possibly a jury. Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys have over 679+ years of combined legal experience, and have won over $2.5 Billion in compensation for our Louisiana personal injury clients.If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident, you need a dedicated lawyer to help you recover compensation for your damages. Call Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys at 888.501.7888 for a free consultation, and we’ll take care of the legal side of your case while you focus on healing.