Injured on Someone Else’s Property?
Premises Liability Lawyers Can Help
Premises liability is part of personal injury law that serves to hold business owners liable for injuries occurring on their properties. If a safety hazard or inadequate security results in your injury, then the business may be liable to pay for subsequent medical bills and other damages. The reasoning is that businesses specifically invite people into their stores to spend money. Thus, it is then the business’s duty to ensure the premises are safe for customers.
Premises liability cases are very fact-specific and complex. An experienced personal injury attorney can determine whether you are entitled to recovery for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. We have helped more than 1,000 clients in Lafayette, Lakes Charles and Calcasieu Parish resolve cases involving serious injuries and wrongful deaths. Our strong success record demonstrates our commitment to our clients’ best interests.
What Kinds of Accidents Does Premises Liability Law Cover?
Premises liability covers a variety of potential accidents that can happen on a property, such as:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Tripping hazards
- Dog bites
- Inadequate security
- Ice and snow on sidewalks
- Spills and debris in store aisles and sidewalks
Accidents on another party’s property can lead to several serious injuries. These may include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and even wrongful death. Premises liability law applies to private as well as public property, including homes, businesses, and even vacant or abandoned properties.
How Do I Bring Legal Action Against a Property Owner?
For a court to recognize a party’s liability in a premises liability case, the injured must prove the following elements:
- The property owner owed a duty of care to the person (this is true for all businesses);
- The property owner was aware of a dangerous property condition, or should have been aware of the condition, but failed to prevent or rectify it;
- The dangerous condition was the proximate cause of the person’s injury; and
- The person suffered injuries as a result.
If your case meets all of these criteria, then you can take legal action. Property owners have a responsibility to minimize the risk of injury on their property. An experienced personal injury attorney can let you know if you have a valid premises liability case.