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Premises Liability Lawyers in Lafayette

Helping Injured Victims Pursue Compensation in Complex Premises Liability Cases

When we get injured on someone else’s property, there can be a tendency to brush it aside, want to walk it off, dismiss the severity of the pain, and take some measure of personal responsibility for the unfortunate accident even occurring. It is as if embarrassment wins out over any pain or suffering endured in the accident. When such an accident occurs, the thought of suing the property owners may be the farthest thing from your mind. However, private and public property owners have a certain duty of care to their visitors to ensure they are safe while on their grounds. If a hazardous condition and someone else’s property caused you serious injury, you may have a premises liability claim capable of recovering a fair settlement for your injury and losses.

Premises liability cases can be complicated because of the need to prove negligence on the part of the property owners or management staff. That is why it is highly recommended to retain professional legal counsel when pursuing compensation in a premises liability lawsuit.

Landgrave Garcia Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm located in Lafayette, Louisiana. Our highly skilled legal team has years of experience representing clients in several different types of personal injury cases in the Lafayette area, including the complexities of premises liability claims. Landgrave Garcia Injury Attorneys prides itself on providing empathetic and caring legal representation to clients in need of our legal services. While you recover from your injury or grieve the loss of your loved one, we will take up the burden of guiding your personal injury lawsuit through the labyrinthine legal process.

Our personal injury lawyers offer free, no-obligation case evaluations to all prospective new clients. To discuss your case in more detail and learn your legal options for seeking compensation, please contact our Lafayette, LA, law offices to schedule your free initial consultation today.

How Does Louisiana Law Define Visitors on a Piece of Property?

Louisiana law separates visitors into three different legally distinct categories.

Invitees have express or implied permission from the property owner to visit and peruse the property to the mutual benefit of both the visitor and the property owner. For example, invitees include shoppers at a retail store.

A licensee is someone who does not have express permission to enter a property but nonetheless does so under legal pretenses and for legal purposes. Licensees may include those who use a public restroom but do not purchase anything at the store.

The final category is trespassers. A trespasser does not have the implied or expressed consent of the property owners to enter the property but nonetheless does so by illegal means for their own personal, often illegal, purposes.

It is important to understand the distinctions between invitees, licensees, and trespassers when discussing premises liability law.

What is Needed to Prove Negligence in a Premises Liability Accident?

In order to have a successful premises liability claim, certain factors must be met.

Firstly, the injured party must have been on the property legally. This means that they must have been a licensee or invitee. A trespasser may not have legal standing to file a premises liability lawsuit.

The defendant must have been legally responsible for the property. In some cases, that means that the defendant could be the property owner. However, in cases where the property owner is leasing the property to another company or individual, they may not be directly responsible for that property.

The entity responsible for the property must maintain a safe environment. This step is the most difficult to prove in any premises liability case. The plaintiff and their personal injury attorneys must establish that those responsible for the property did not maintain a safe environment and that the dangerous conditions of the environment were the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.

Where Do Premises Liability Accidents Commonly Occur?

A premises liability accident can occur virtually anywhere, be it at the grocery store or a family home. However, certain risk factors may increase the likelihood of a premises liability case happening at certain locations.

Premises liability incidents commonly occur at the following locations:

  • Amusement park.
  • Apartment building.
  • Cruise ships.
  • Government agency-owned offices and parks.
  • Grocery stores or supermarkets like Walmart.
  • Hotels.
  • Parking lot.
  • Public swimming pool.
  • Shopping mall.
  • Workplace offices.
  • And more.

Wherever the accident occurred, the business owner, private property owners, manager, or other parties should be held liable for hazardous conditions that caused personal injury. Contact our Lafayette law office to schedule your free case review today.

What Are Different Types of ‘Dangerous Conditions’ Seen in Premises Liability Cases?

The majority of premises liability cases arise from the existence of a dangerous condition that directly leads to personal injury. But what is considered a dangerous condition? Dangerous conditions are any hazards that pose a risk of foreseeable injury to those who occupy the premises. If a reasonable person were to notice a hazardous condition and think that it potentially poses a threat of injury to themselves or anyone else, that hazardous condition could be the basis of a premises liability lawsuit.

Common examples of unsafe conditions include:

  • Broken or defective stairs.
  • Building code violations.
  • Defective sidewalks.
  • Dogs off a leash.
  • Escalator accidents.
  • Failure to warn about slippery floors, which could lead to a slip-and-fall accident.
  • Inadequate lighting.
  • Missing handrails.
  • Negligent security, which could lead to assaults.
  • Poorly maintained premises by a store owner.
  • Toxic fumes.
  • Uneven floors.
  • Unsafe swimming pools.
  • Wet or icy floors.

What Types of Injuries Are Commonly Seen in Premises Liability Accidents?

The vast majority of premises liability accident cases revolve around incidents where the plaintiff either tripped or slipped and fell, causing significant injury. However, there are many types of premises liability cases, each with its own types of associated injuries.

Common injuries seen in premises liability cases include:

  • Back and neck injuries.
  • Broken bones.
  • Burns.
  • Concussions.
  • Dental injuries.
  • Dog bites.
  • Electrocution.
  • Facial disfigurement.
  • Internal bleeding.
  • Lung damage.
  • Near drowning.
  • Nerve damage.
  • Spinal cord injuries.
  • Traumatic brain injuries.
  • Whiplash.
  • Wrongful death.

Can a Premises Liability Lawyer Help You Recover a Financial Settlement?

It is highly recommended that those with a premises liability claim seek professional legal counsel. Premises liability cases can be difficult to prove because of the need to establish negligence on the part of the property owner or those responsible for the properties. Those who forego professional legal representation frequently recover less in terms of a financial settlement and have a more difficult time with the legal process.

With a well-argued case, you and your lawyer can pursue financial recovery for your injuries and other losses. This compensation will take the form of economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages can help compensate you for lost wages, lost income earning capacity, past medical treatment, future medical expenses, physical therapy costs, property damage, and funeral expenses. Non-economic damages can help compensate you for lost quality of life, lost companionship, disability, disfigurement, dismemberment, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and wrongful death.

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney Today

If you or a family member have been the victim of a premises liability accident, you need to know your legal options for recovering compensation and seeking justice. It is highly advisable that you retain the legal representation of experienced premises liability attorneys to help you with your personal injury claim. Landgrave Garcia Injury Attorneys is a law firm with extensive experience representing clients in the Lafayette area with their personal injury cases. We would be proud to represent your legal rights as you pursue compensation for damage done in a premises liability accident.

To learn more about our legal services, please contact our law firm for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. To contact us, please call our personal injury law firm at 337-242-7604.