Property owners are responsible for maintaining a safe building, property, and grounds. They are also obligated to repair known hazards as quickly as possible or at least warn guests and visitors about potential dangers.
If you or a loved one was injured because of a negligent property owner, you could recover damages to pay for your medical care and lost wages. A Shreveport premises liability lawyer with the Morris Bart law firm can help you with your case.
What Is a Premises Liability Case?
Premises liability is a legal term that is used to describe a personal injury in which a property owner may be held accountable for someone’s injuries or damages.
Examples of premises liability injuries include:
- Dog bites or animal attacks
- Slip and fall accidents
- Falling objects
- Swimming pool accidents
- Electric shock or electrocution
- Negligent security
- Exposure to toxic substances or chemicals
- Dangerous sidewalks or parking lots
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Broken or missing stairs and railings
Residential and business property owners have an obligation to keep their property safe and protect you from harm. If they fail to uphold this obligation, and you are injured on their property, you may be entitled to compensation.
What Your Premises Liability Case May Be Worth
A premises liability lawyer can help you recover damages from the at-fault party. The amount and type of damages are influenced by a few factors, including:
- Extent and severity of your injuries
- Duration of your recuperation
- Whether you will recover completely or if you will have ongoing medical issues
- Whether you will be able to return to your employment or if you will need to accept a lower-paying job because of injury
Our attorneys know that insurance companies who represent the property owner may try to get you to accept a lowball offer. Do not speak with an insurance adjuster, property owner, or the property owner’s attorney without first calling the Morris Bart law firm.
When to Connect with a Premises Liability Lawyer
Time is short when it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit in Louisiana. Under La. Civ. Code Art. 3492, you only have one year from the date you were injured to take legal action. Exceptions can shorten this deadline.
One year or less is not much time to build a case, especially when you consider that most personal injury cases begin as insurance claims. You should have enough time to fully exercise your legal options.
We Seek Damages on Your Behalf So You May Focus on Feeling Better
A Shreveport premises liability lawyer takes care of all the details, including:
- Identifying and communicating with the at-fault party
- Establishing causation of injuries because of negligence
- Compiling evidence, testimony, and documentation such as photos, surveillance videos, witness statements, and accident reports
- Evaluating your damages based upon your injuries and prognosis
- Filing an insurance claim against the property owner’s insurance
- Taking your case to court if necessary
Our firm’s founder, attorney Morris Bart, leads a team of lawyers who believe that personal injury victims should not suffer twice because of someone’s negligence. You have enough stress and pain from your injuries without having to worry about paying for an emergency room visit or specialist.
Premises Liability Damages Include Economic and Emotional Losses
Your life is disrupted after a premises liability accident, not only with physical and emotional pain but from a loss of income if you must take time off from work.
In addition to economic damages, you will likely have emotional damages, such as insomnia or anxiety, especially when driving.
A premises liability attorney will assess these damages and seek appropriate compensation, including financial recovery for:
- Urgent or emergency medical care
- Rehabilitation, prescription medicine, and other follow-up treatment
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
An attorney with the Morris Bart law firm works to recover compensation for you on a contingency basis. You owe us nothing unless and until we obtain a settlement on your behalf.
How We Establish Liability Against the Other Party
Our premises liability lawyers establish negligence according to these standards:
- The property owner owes you a duty of care to maintain a safe premise; to promptly repair, remove, or replace a hazard; or to issue a clear warning about this hazard whilst preparing for it to be corrected.
- The property owner failed to uphold this duty of care and allowed you to enter an unsafe premise.
- This dereliction of care caused you to suffer physical and emotional injuries.
- Your injuries resulted in damages in the form of medical bills, lost pay, and mental anguish.
Property owners should demonstrate reasonable care when they invite guests or visitors to their home, office, school, or place of business. If the property owner legitimately owns, operates, rents, leases, or lawfully occupies the premises, they are responsible for the safety of invited and allowed guests.
Parties Who May Be Held Accountable for Your Injuries
A premises liability lawyer identifies all parties who caused or contributed to your injuries.
These might include:
- Property or building owner (either an individual or entity)
- Security company
- Landlord or leasing company
- Store manager
- Business owner
- Maintenance provider
Property owners have an increased responsibility when it concerns children who may wander onto their property because they are attracted to a trampoline, swimming pool, or other feature.
What Should You Do If You Are Injured on Someone’s Property?
Personal injuries are unplanned but often inevitable when someone fails to uphold the expected duty of care.
If you are hurt while legally visiting or entering someone’s property, we recommend that you:
- Get medical care.
- Take pictures with your phone.
- Get the names and phone numbers of potential witnesses.
- Call us for a free consultation.
Get Your Free Consultation Today
A Shreveport premises liability lawyer can help you with your case, but the first step is on you. Call the Morris Bart law office for a free consultation today: (318) 553-5470.
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