Owning and maintaining a property is a big responsibility. Anyone who fails to live up to this responsibility may put their visitors at risk and leave themselves open to a lawsuit. A premises liability accident can occur:
- In a storefront, a restaurant, or another type of commercial building
- In a private home
- In an apartment or hotel
- At a school
- On a private sidewalk or parking lot
- At a stadium or arena
- And other locations
If you believe your accident was caused by a neglectful property owner, a New Orleans premises liability lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to handle your case. Our firm can file an insurance claim and/or lawsuit on your behalf while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (504) 777-7777 for a free consultation on your premises liability case with a member of our team.
What Premises Liability Means
Property owners or managers may be liable for any injuries that occur on their property. Typically, the accident victim must prove that the owner or manager knew or should have known about a potential hazard and did nothing about it. Potential hazards may include:
- Broken stairways or lack of handrails
- Wet floors, which may result in slip and fall accidents
- Overgrown grass or hedges
- Loose dogs
- Lack of warning signs regarding potential hazards
- Negligent security
- Poor lighting
- And more
Premises liability accidents can harm people of any age, but when it comes to falls, individuals 65 and older may be at particular risk of sustaining severe injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20% of falls suffered by older adults results in a serious injury, such as a fracture.
Other potential consequences of falls and other accidents include:
- Head and/or brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Psychological trauma
If you were hurt in a premises liability accident, make sure to receive treatment for your injuries from a doctor as soon as possible.
For a free legal consultation with a premises liability lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 777-7777
Recoverable Damages in a Premises Liability Case
Accidents can affect your life in so many different ways. You may have painful or permanent injuries that require expensive treatments. You may have to take time off of work to recover or give up your career altogether. Or maybe you lost a loved one in the accident. You may be able to seek compensation for your damages in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
In a personal injury action, the recoverable damages may include:
- Medical expenses: if you needed to go to a doctor, hospital, pharmacy, or rehabilitation center, or if you needed to buy medication or assistive devices.
- Lost income: if you could not go to work because of your accident.
- Loss of employment: if your injuries prevent you from resuming your career.
- Pain and suffering: if you were (or are) in physical or emotional pain because of your injuries. This may also refer to mental disorders acquired or worsened because of the accident itself, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Reduced quality of life: if you are no longer able to do the things you used to. This may mean traveling or socializing freely, or it may mean more basic things, such as cooking or getting dressed.
- Disfigurement: if your injuries were bad enough to leave permanent scars.
In a wrongful death action, the recoverable damages may include:
- Funeral expenses: to lay your loved one to rest.
- Pre-death medical care: if your loved one required treatment from the accident prior to their death.
- Loss of wages: for income previously provided by your loved one.
- Loss of companionship: for the absence of your loved one’s affection and emotional support in the future.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers believes that you should not have to pay for an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777.
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How Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Support You
A New Orleans premises liability lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can handle a wide range of tasks on your behalf when we represent you. This may include:
- Communicating on your behalf: we can manage all communications with insurance companies, lawyers, and other parties in your case.
- Calculating damages: we can identify your damages and collect evidence of their value.
- Finding all liable parties: we can investigate your case to make sure we understand exactly how your accident happened and who may be held accountable. If multiple parties share liability for your accident, we can pursue them all for compensation.
- Filing your insurance claim or lawsuit: we can notify all liable parties that you are filing an insurance claim and/or lawsuit against them.
- Negotiating a settlement: you do not have to face the insurance company alone. We are happy to assume the role of the negotiator and fight for a fair settlement offer on your behalf.
- Going to trial: in cases where the insurance company just will not make a fair offer, we are more than willing to take your case to trial.
If the accident has left you struggling financially, you may be reluctant to spend money on a lawyer. That is why Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers works on a contingency-fee-basis. In this arrangement, we charge you nothing upfront, and we only collect our attorney fee if and when we are able to get you compensation.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we know that recovering from an accident can be very difficult, both physically and emotionally. If you qualify, a New Orleans premises liability lawyer from our firm would be happy to take the weight of your case off your shoulders and fight for compensation on your behalf.
Give Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers a call today at (504) 777-7777 for a free consultation on your case with a member of our team. Act soon, as Civil Code (CC) §3492 imposes a general statute of limitations on both personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in Louisiana