New Orleans Premises Liability Lawyers
Helping You Move Forward After Slips, Falls, and Other Accidents
At The Voorhies Law Firm, we understand how an unexpected accident can interrupt your life. One minute you could be out shopping, dining, working, or visiting a friend, and the next you could be left with serious injuries and/or unfathomable losses. When a negligent property owner is responsible for your accident and injuries, it’s only fair that they help you cope with the consequences. This is why premises liability law exists and why our New Orleans premises liability lawyers are here to protect your rights.
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What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a branch of personal injury law that allows plaintiffs to hold negligent home and business owners accountable when someone is injured by dangerous conditions on their property. Unfortunately, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff, or whoever is filing the lawsuit.
To prove a premises liability claim in Louisiana, you must show:
- The property hosted an unreasonably dangerous condition
- The property owner knew or should have known of the condition
- The condition harmed you and led to damages
You can also prove premise liability by demonstrating that the property owner caused the danger or hazard that led to your injuries, or showing that the premise owner knew of the danger and did nothing to remove it, repair it, or warn you.
Many times, the defense will try to dismiss your case or convince the court that you were at fault for your own accident.
This is why you need an experienced premises liability attorney from The Voorhies Law Firm on your side.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents are the most common types of premises liability cases. All too often, a business owner mops and creates a slippery, hazardous condition for customers. If the property owner does nothing to warn its visitors in this situation, they can be held liable for any injuries that arise. Similarly, construction sites often create hazards for passersby and people can trip over twisted rugs in shops and restaurants.
Injuries from slip and falls are sometimes severe and can include:
Nevertheless, slip and fall accidents are not the only kinds of premises liability claims.
Negligent Security and Other Claims
In Louisiana, premises liability law is based on a duty all property owners have to keep their guests, customers, tenants, and other visitors safe from foreseeable harm. Some locations, such as bars and nightclubs, require extra security to keep people safe. If they fail to provide this security, any injuries that occur as a consequence can inspire a “negligent security” case. Other sites, like swimming pools, might require a lifeguard or even a fence to prevent curious children from wandering onto the property and putting themselves at risk. Injuries that involve trespassing children are known as “attractive nuisance” claims.
Outside of slip-and-fall, trip-and-fall, negligent security, and attractive nuisance cases, any unresolved hazard on another person’s property can lead to a premises liability claim if it injures you, and if the danger could have been repaired, removed, or otherwise prevented.
Our New Orleans premises liability attorneys can help determine if you have a case.
If your premises liability case is successful, you can recover compensation for your injuries and other losses. These are known as damages.
Damages can help you account for:
- Medical bills
- The costs of rehabilitative care
- Missed wages
- Diminished earning potential
- Changes to your quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Slip-and-falls and other premises liability accidents are especially dangerous to children and the elderly. If you lose a loved one, you can also file a wrongful death suit to recover the costs of a funeral and burial and receive funds to mitigate the pain of your loss. In cases of extreme negligence, you may also be awarded punitive damages, which are meant to punish the wrongdoer and prevent similar acts in the future.
While we understand no amount of money will change what happened, we also realize the financial realities that come with a serious injury or painful personal loss. We will work hard to maximize your compensation.
We also want to remind you that, per the Louisiana State Legislature, you only have one (1) year from the date of your injury or loss to file a lawsuit. Cases filed after this period will almost certainly be thrown out, so failure to file on time could jeopardize your right to pursue legal action entirely.
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