Every day, Louisiana residents become injured because of a property owner’s negligence. When property owners do not take care of their property and protect their guests, they can be held liable for their guests’ injuries through a premises liability lawsuit. Premises liability accidents range from slip and fall accidents to injuries caused by negligent security practices. Suppose you or your loved one has been injured because of a property owner’s negligence. In that case, we recommend discussing your legal claim with an inexperienced New Orleans attorney as soon as possible.
Discuss Your Case With a Premises Liability Lawyer
At Arnona Rose, Attorneys at Law, We understand how devastating and unexpected accidents can be for you and your family. One minute you could be out working, dining, shopping, or even visiting a friend. The next minute you could be left with catastrophic injuries and unfathomable financial losses. When a negligent property owner is responsible for your injuries in an accident, they can be held liable for the damages associated with your injuries. Our New Orleans premises liability lawyers are here to protect your right to compensation.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a type of personal injury law that allows plaintiffs to hold home and business owners accountable when dangerous conditions on their property injure someone. In premises liability cases, plaintiffs who have been injured on another person’s property have the burden of proof. Premises liability law is based on the duty of all property owners to keep their customers, guests, tenants, and other visitors safe from foreseeable harm.
The exact legal duty owed by the property owner depends on whether the injured party was a guest, licensee, or trespasser on their property. Property owners owe guests the highest duty of care. Guests include people who come to a private home after being invited, customers, and tenants. Plaintiffs must provide evidence proving that all of the elements of a premises liability lawsuit have been met before they can recover damages. In Louisiana, plaintiffs must show the following to prove a premises liability claim:
- The property had an unreasonably dangerous condition
- The property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition
- The condition caused your injuries and led to damages
Proving Liability in a Premises Liability Lawsuit
Injured victims can also prove premises liability by showing that the property owner caused the hazard or danger that led to their injuries. Finally, the plaintiff can succeed in a premises liability lawsuit by showing that the premise owner knew of the danger and did not do anything to warn the victim, repair it, or remove it from the property. In many cases, the property owner will try to say that you were at fault for your own accident to avoid paying damages. This is why you need a skilled New Orleans premises liability lawyer on your side.
Types of Premises Liability Lawsuits
Premises liability is a broad category for personal injury lawsuits that include various claims and situations. Premises liability lawsuits have one thing in common; they involve a property owner negligently failing to protect their customer or visitor against unreasonable danger. Premises liability lawsuits can arise from incidents on commercial and residential properties. Some of the most common types of premises liability claims include the following:
- Lack of maintenance
- Slip and fall cases
- Snow and ice accidents
- Dog bites
- Defective conditions on the premises
- Inadequate building security leading to an assault or injury
- Swimming pool accident
- Toxic fumes or chemicals
- Flooding and water leaks
- Amusement park accidents
- Escalator and elevator accidents
- Dangerous staircases
As you can see, many different types of situations can cause someone to be injured on another person’s property. Even dog bite injuries fall under the premises liability umbrella because they involve a dangerous condition on someone’s property, that is, the presence of a potentially dangerous dog.
Slip and Fall Accidents in New Orleans
Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common types of premises liability cases. Falls account for over eight million visits to hospital emergency rooms in the United States every year, making falls the leading cause of visits. Slip and fall accidents are hazardous for elderly individuals. Every year, approximately 15,000 people over the age of 65 die from a fall accident. Slip and fall accidents can also cause hip fractures that take a long time to heal and cause permanent damage and ongoing pain.
All too often, Louisiana business owners mop and create a hazardous, slippery floor for customers. When property owners do not warn visitors of the slippery floor, they can be held for any injuries caused by a slip and fall. Additionally, if a grocery store knew or should have known about a leaking product that created a pool on the floor, they can be held liable for any slips that occur. Many slip and fall accidents happened on dangerous staircases or floors with uneven flooring. Finally, construction sites often create hazards for pedestrians who are passing by. All of these types of slip and fall accidents can cause the following types of injuries:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Contusions (bruises)
- Head injuries
- Nerve damage
Negligent Security Claims
All property owners owe their guests and customers a duty to keep their property reasonably safe from foreseeable harms. However, properties require extra security to keep their guests and customers safe. For example, bars and nightclubs, parking garages, and apartment complexes may need to use additional security practices to keep their customers and tenants safe from assaults and burglaries. When property owners fail to provide their customers with this type of security, the injuries that occur as a result can inspire a negligent security lawsuit.
Consult With a Negligent Security Lawyer Today
If you or your loved one have been injured because of a property owner’s negligence, you may have a valid compensation claim. Successful plaintiffs are entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by their injuries. Contact Arnona Rose, Attorneys at Law, today to schedule your free initial consultation to learn more about how we can advocate for your right to compensation.