New Orleans Premises Liability Attorney for Claims Against Business and Property Owners
Accidents can and do happen. When they occur on property owned by another person or entity, the property owner is often legally responsible for any injuries that result. If this has happened to you, a New Orleans premises liability lawyer at Bloom Legal can help.
Whether it is a mishap at a backyard pool party or a slip and fall in a slippery grocery store aisle, anyone who is injured in an accident in Louisiana has the right to seek compensation from those responsible. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and pursue money damages, often without the need for a long and drawn out court battle.
At Bloom Legal, our New Orleans injury attorneys help people injured in a full range of accidents get compensation for their injuries. We combine decades of legal experience and have a track record of successful results, including in dealing with insurance companies. We do not get paid unless we win your case.
What is Premises Liability in Louisiana?
Premises liability generally refers to a property owner’s legal responsibility for accidents that happen on the grounds. It can cover everything from accidents in a commercial office building to those that happen in a retail store parking lot, among many others.
Property owners generally owe people on the premises what courts and lawyers call a “duty of care.” They are typically required to keep the property in reasonably safe condition and to warn people of any hazards that the owner knows about or should know about through reasonable inspection.
Take, for example, a situation in which a beverage or food item falls off of a shelf in a grocery store and spilling onto the aisle below. The store’s owner is generally required to clean up the spill or at least block off the aisle within a reasonable amount of time so as to protect shoppers from slipping and falling. The owner may also be expected to warn shoppers that the floor is wet in the meantime.
The specific duty of care owed in any situation can vary based on the type of visitor.
- Invitee: As the name suggests, an invitee is someone who was invited to the property. This group includes retail shoppers, restaurant customers and other business patrons. The property owner is required to take all reasonable precautions to protect an invitee.
- Licensee: This category includes social guests and certain people who are authorized to be on the property, but not invited, like a salesperson. At minimum, the property owner is required to warn licensees about any safety hazards on the premises.
- Trespasser: A trespasser is someone who has no right to be on the property. The property owner generally has no duty of care to trespassers, but there are certain exceptions for minors and in situations where the owner knows that trespassers are likely to enter the property.
A property owner that does not live up to the specific duty of care is likely to be liable for any injuries that happen as a result. If you have been injured on another’s property in Louisiana, a New Orleans premises liability attorney can help you understand your rights and explore your options.
Our New Orleans Premises Liability Lawyer Outlines Common Accidents
Accidents happen in a number of different ways and can cause a variety of different injuries, from relatively minor bumps and bruises to severe neck, back and brain trauma and even death.
At Bloom Legal, we commonly see the following types of premises liability accidents:
- Slips and falls: These are the most common types of premises liability accidents, and can be caused by everything from an icy sidewalk to a rickety stairway guard rail.
- Swimming pool accidents: Pools may be fun for the whole family, but they also pose a serious safety hazard if not properly maintained and supervised.
- Negligent security: Hotel, retail store and entertainment operators that know of certain safety and security risks are required to take steps to address the threats.
- Nursing home neglect: Falls and other accidents are particularly hazardous for eledery people who are often more prone to injury.
Although every case is different, our attorneys understand how to build the strongest possible claims for monetary compensation.
Common Injuries Injuries for New Orleans Visitors
There is no shortage of reasons why visitors from around the globe flock to New Orleans every year. As a result, accidents on hotel properties are frequent. If you have been injured during a trip to the Big Easy, a New Orleans premises liability lawyer can help.
It is important to understand that there are a number of state-specific requirements for premises liability cases in Louisiana, which includes strict deadlines on filing a lawsuit for money damages. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better. At Bloom Legal, we work to determine if the property owner was aware of the dangerous condition, if the owner failed to rectify the condition or warn individuals about the potential hazard, and if the victim had no reason to suspect dangerous conditions and experienced an injury. If you suffered an injury under these circumstances, you have a right for compensation. Under Louisiana law, your claim can help you recover from the damages sustained from the pain and suffering of your injury, your lost wages, and your medical expenses.
How a New Orleans Premises Liability Lawyer Can Help
At Bloom Legal, we know how to build the strongest possible claims for the people that we represent and maximize the compensation that they are entitled to under the law.
In premises liability cases, a New Orleans premises liability attorney will start by investigating the accident to determine how it happened and who is responsible. That includes obtaining any video footage, identifying and interviewing witnesses, gathering records regarding safety hazards and the property owners’ response to those hazards, tracking down any police reports, and compiling medical records to detail the injuries.
Once we have built the case, we will issue a demand letter to the responsible parties and their insurers. This often starts settlement discussions, with the goal of reaching a mutually acceptable agreement to resolve the claim without litigation in court.
In the event that a settlement cannot be reached, our lawyers stand ready to file a lawsuit and fight the case in court. We have had success resolving cases through negotiated settlement and at trial. Our personal injury lawyers represent people in New Orleans and the surrounding areas, as well as those who are injured while traveling to Louisiana. Call us at 504-209-7547 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced New Orleans
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