After an accident on someone else’s property, it is important to know your rights. A premises liability lawyer in Lafayette from Morris Bart can explain your rights in your case and help you figure out the best way to exercise them.
One way to get the compensation you need is to file a lawsuit. Not only will this allow you to hold the liable party responsible for their negligence, but you will also be able to seek fair compensation to cover your medical bills, living expenses, and lost wages.
Premises Liability Accidents Take Many Forms
Property owners are legally bound to a duty of care for guests on their property. They are liable for keeping their environments safe from harm or injury. Examples of premises liability injuries include:
- Slip and fall accidents: Liquid spills or slick sidewalks make it easy for people to lose their balance.
- Trip and fall accidents: Broken stairs or walkways, holes in the lawn, or objects left in the walkway all endanger visitors.
- Accidents caused by falling objects: This circumstance is especially dangerous on construction sites, where unsecured materials can fall and hit someone below.
- Falls from heights: According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the most common workplace safety violations are those involving a lack of precautions around heights or holes in the ground.
The type of accident you suffered matters less than proving that the property owner or manager was responsible for it. We can look for such evidence on your behalf. Evidence may include:
- Your medical records: They will demonstrate the nature of your injuries and the fact that you were injured badly enough to require professional help.
- Surveillance video: A security camera may have caught your accident on tape, or it may show that the property was unsafe.
- Eyewitness testimony, video, or pictures: Anyone who saw your accident or tried to help you can confirm your version of events.
- Video or pictures you took: Any footage you took of the accident scene can help prove that the property was unsafe.
For a free legal consultation with a Premises Liability lawyer serving Lafayette, call (337) 446-4571
You May Be Eligible for Compensation
If a negligent property owner or manager caused your injuries, you can sue them for appropriate damages. These damages cover both non-economic and economic injuries.
Non-economic damages are those that inflict physical and/or emotional harm. You could qualify for non-economic damages based on:
- Pain and suffering: Your injuries—or even the accident itself—have caused you noticeable physical and/or emotional distress.
- Impaired quality of life: You have been forced to make major lifestyle changes, such as giving up a favorite hobby, in response to your injuries.
- Disability: Your physical or intellectual disability was caused or exacerbated by your injuries.
- Loss of consortium: Your injuries have damaged your relationship with your spouse.
Economic damages are those that caused you financial harm. You could qualify for economic damages on the basis of:
- Medical bills: You needed or will need medical help, from emergency room visits to prescription medications to home nursing.
- Miscellaneous bills: You needed or will need help from services you did not require before, such as a landscaper or a dog walker.
- Lost wages or benefits: While recuperating from your injuries, you could not go to work and earn your usual salary.
- Lost employment: You lost your job or had to retire early because your injuries prevent you from fulfilling your professional responsibilities.
Our Lafayette premises liability attorneys can help you figure out which damages you qualify for in your premises liability case and the maximum amount of money you can ask for. They can also help if you are suing on behalf of a deceased loved one.
Our Attorneys May Be Able to Help You With Your Premises Liability Case
You should begin your lawsuit as quickly as possible. As stated in La. Civ. Code Art. 3492, you have only a year from the date of the accident to seek compensation. Other factors may further shorten this deadline.
The Morris Bart law office offers many services to make the legal process easier for our clients. These services include:
- A free case evaluation: You can call us any time, day or night, and an attorney will let you know if you have a viable case.
- Seeking evidence: Surveillance footage, medical records, and other forms of evidence will strengthen your case.
- Identifying all liable parties: We can help you figure out who is responsible for your accident and determine a settlement value.
- Negotiating on your behalf: Do not worry about confronting the insurance company yourself. We can handle all meetings and negotiations.
- Filing all paperwork: Filling out forms can be tedious. Your lawyer will make sure that all necessary forms are completed and submitted on time.
- Representing you in court: If necessary, we can take your case to trial and present your case before a judge and jury. This service includes submitting trial exhibits and questioning witnesses.
In addition, we are committed to putting our clients’ needs first. As one satisfied client put it, ours was “the most professional attorney team I’ve ever had,” in part because we were “very quick” about staying in touch. You can count on us to:
- Provide regular updates about your case: Your lawyer will let you know whenever there are important developments.
- Answer your questions: When you need reassurance or to clear something up, we will be there for you.
- Explain all legal concepts and options: We make sure you understand what is happening and why. We also help you make sound legal decisions.
Call Morris Bart, LLC Today for a Free Case Review
To receive a free consultation, call the Morris Bart law office or fill out our online contact form today. A premises liability lawyer in Lafayette with our firm may be able to help you confront the insurance company and recover appropriate compensation in your premises liability claim or lawsuit.
Questions?Call (337) 446-4571
to find a Morris Bart office near you.