A lawyer can help you with your premises liability case in a variety of ways, starting with figuring out who is responsible for the accident. A few examples of our law firm’s services include:
- Discussing the situation with you to figure out exactly what happened
- Gathering evidence to prove that the property owner is responsible for your accident
- Reviewing insurance policies to see if you are entitled to coverage
- Making sure that insurance companies play by the rules and pay you on time
- Figuring out which parties to name as defendants in your lawsuit
- Appearing in court on your behalf
- Making sure that you are prepared for any depositions or court appearances and attending them with you
- Responding to daily calls and emails regarding your case
- Answering any questions that you have about the legal process as the case proceeds
- Preparing for trial
- Locating witnesses who can testify during the trial
- Negotiating a settlement if you choose to pursue one
Our team will also figure out how much time you have to file your lawsuit. You generally have one year from the date of the injury to file your lawsuit in a civil court, according to CC Art. 3492.
Damages Available in a Premises Liability Case
If you were hurt in a premises liability accident, you can request a broad range of damages. When you are required to pay something or lose out on income because of the accident or your injuries, the responsible party could owe you for that expense.
A few common types of damages in a premises liability case include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Save copies of receipts, medical bills, invoices, and paystubs, because you may need to present them as evidence in your case.
For a free legal consultation, call (337) 777-7777
Proving Your Right to Damages
To receive compensation, you will need to prove that the other party is at fault for your injuries. Because of the nature of premises liability claims, there could be multiple people or entities that owe you compensation. If you were injured at a business or on another commercial property, you may be able to bring a case against the following parties:
- The building owner or renter
- The building or property manager
- Any maintenance or groundskeeper crews that work on the property
- Businesses that use the property
Having multiple defendants in your case can make the situation far more complicated. The more parties there are who may be liable, the more likely they are to point fingers at others for the incident. Our team can work to ensure that the focus remains on your right to financial recovery.
The Elements of Negligence in a Premises Liability Case
When it comes to proving liability, there are a few elements of negligence that we must establish before you will be eligible to receive compensation. In general, we must show:
- The other party owed you a duty to keep the property in a safe condition and/or to warn you of any dangerous conditions on the property.
- The other party failed to act according to this duty.
- You were injured as a direct and foreseeable result of the other party’s failure to protect you.
The level of care that a property owner owes to you may change depending on why you were visiting the property. Typically, if you were visiting the location for a business reason, such as grocery shopping, then the property owner owes you a high duty of care. This includes performing routine inspections to make sure the property is safe and warning you about any hazards.
A property owner who invites you over for a social reason, such as a friend or family member, owes you a slightly lower duty of care. Working with a lawyer from our team can help you figure out which duty of care applies to your situation and what you need to prove to receive compensation.
Call Now for a Free Consultation
To learn more about how a lawyer can help you with your premises liability case in Lafayette, contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers now. Knowing that our legal team is taking care of your situation can bring you a great deal of peace and comfort. This can be particularly helpful if you are trying to recover from serious injuries or adjusting to the fact that you now have permanent disabilities.
We provide a free consultation to all injury victims so that they can make an educated decision regarding their legal representation. We are waiting to hear from you, so dial (337) 777-7777 now.