All property owners in Louisiana must maintain their property for others’ safety. Anyone who suffers injuries because of an owner’s failure to keep their property safe may have a premises liability case. A premises liability lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you with your legal case following a Hammond accident.
After you suffer injuries on a Hammond property, you need to focus your energy on your physical and mental recovery. We can work to build a premises liability case against the property owner while you concentrate on your health and family. We can gather the evidence to support your case and work with the insurance company to reach a fair settlement. If negotiations fail, we can proceed with filing a premises liability lawsuit.
We Can Help You File a Claim for an Accident That Occurred on Someone Else’s Property
When you suffer injuries in an accident due to a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a premises liability case. This body of law permits injury victims to hold property owners accountable for their failure to keep their property free from hazards that could injure others.
Premises liability cases can arise from accidents that happen on all types of property, both business and residential. You may be able to recover compensation for injuries suffered while you are at a:
- Other business
You also could be eligible for compensation if you sustain injuries at a neighbor’s house or in a public park. If you are a renter and your landlord or the management company fails to take adequate security precautions, and you are injured, those parties may also face liability.
Proving the Property Owner’s Negligence
Proving liability in a premises liability case is not always an easy task. You must have proof of various elements to hold property owners or others accountable for the costs of your injuries. Specifically, you must show that:
- A hazardous or dangerous condition on the property existed
- The property owner knew or should have known about the hazard
- The property owner failed to fix the hazard or adequately warn others that the hazard existed
- The property hazard directly led to your injuries
- You suffered damages or losses as a result of your injuries
All property owners, whether they are the owners of public, private, or governmental property, have a legal duty to keep their property reasonably safe for others. This duty involves remedying any dangerous conditions when they become aware of them and periodically inspecting the property to determine whether any dangerous conditions exist.
When property owners violate this duty, we can hold them legally responsible for any accidents or injuries that occur as a direct result of the condition of their property.
Compensation in Premises Liability Cases
As a Hammond premises liability lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can advise you, various types of compensation or damages may be available in these cases.
You may be able to collect the following types of damages, depending on the kind, extent, and duration of your injuries and other losses:
- Lost income and future earnings due to an inability to work
- Medical bills, surgical costs, and rehabilitation expenses
- Pain, suffering, and emotional trauma
- Permanent disability, scarring, and disfigurement
To prove your eligibility for damages, you will need to show proof of your losses and how they stem from your injuries.
Deadlines for Filing a Premises Liability Case
You have only a limited time under Louisiana law to file a legal case after suffering an injury on property belonging to others. Under CC §3492, you must file your premises liability case within one year of the date that your injuries occurred. Otherwise, you may forfeit your right to seek any compensation from the property owners or others who may be legally responsible for your injuries.
This deadline or statute of limitations is much shorter than in most other states. As a result, you cannot hesitate to take legal action, or you will lose your chance to hold negligent property owners responsible for their action or inaction in dealing with a hazardous property condition.
The Longer You Wait, the Less Evidence May Be Available
In addition to this strict deadline, you should pursue legal advice about your situation quickly as a practical matter. The longer you wait to take action, the higher the likelihood that evidence will be lost, conditions on the property will change, or witnesses will no longer remember the circumstances or simply fall out of touch.
These situations can make it much more challenging to pursue a premises liability case.
Fight to Get Compensation for Your Losses with an Attorney’s Help
Call (337) 777-7777 and learn how we can assist you with your potential premises liability claim or lawsuit. Together, we can explore your options for compensation and determine the path that is best for you and your family. As strict deadlines apply to filing lawsuits, you should not hesitate to reach out and get advice from our team.