Lafayette Premises Liability Lawyer
Injured on Private or Public Property in Lafayette, LA?
At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., we understand the hardships faced by individuals who have suffered injuries due to hazardous conditions on someone else's property. Premises liability is a complex area of law that holds property owners and managers responsible for maintaining a safe environment for visitors. If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else's property in Lafayette, LA, our experienced premises liability lawyers are here to provide the legal representation you need to seek justice and fair compensation.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability cases involve negligent design, construction, maintenance, and/or operation of a property. Property owners have a duty to ensure that their properties are reasonably safe for their invitees—those individuals who enter the property with the property owner's knowledge and permission, such as customers, clients, guests, and employees.
When a property owner breaches this duty by failing to reasonably ensure the safety of invitees, and an accident occurs, the property owner can be held liable for any injuries and/or damages.
At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., our skilled premises liability lawyers have successfully handled a wide range of cases, including but not limited to:
- Slip and Fall Accidents: These occur when a person slips, trips, or falls on a property due to hazards such as wet floors, uneven surfaces, poorly maintained walkways, or inadequate lighting.
- Negligent Security: Property owners are responsible for providing adequate security measures to prevent criminal acts on their premises. If a person is assaulted or harmed due to inadequate security, the property owner may be held liable.
- Elevator and Escalator Accidents: Property owners are obligated to maintain elevators and escalators in safe working conditions. Malfunctions or negligence in maintenance can lead to serious injuries.
- Dog Bites: Dog owners are responsible for controlling their pets and preventing them from causing harm to others. If a dog attacks and injures someone on the owner's property, the owner may be liable for the damages.
- Swimming Pool Accidents: Property owners with swimming pools must adhere to strict safety regulations to prevent accidents, especially involving children.
Who is Liable in a Premises Liability Case?
You may be surprised to learn that more than one party may be liable for your injuries in a premises liability case. In fact, you may be able to hold several parties liable for the damages you suffered.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to hold liable:
- Property Owner: The owner of the property where the incident occurred is often the primary party that could be held liable. This includes individual property owners, landlords, or corporations that own or manage the property.
- Property Occupier/Tenant: If the property is leased or rented to someone else, the occupier or tenant may also share liability if they are responsible for maintaining the property's safety and failed to do so.
- Property Management Company: In cases where a property management company is hired to oversee and maintain the property, they may also be held responsible for any negligence or failure to address hazards.
- Contractors and Subcontractors: If the injury was caused by a construction defect or faulty maintenance work performed by contractors or subcontractors, they may be held liable for their negligence.
- Maintenance Companies: Companies hired to perform regular maintenance or repairs on the property may be liable if their actions or negligence contributed to the accident.
- Government Entities: In certain cases, government entities responsible for maintaining public properties (e.g., parks, government buildings) could be held liable for injuries caused by their negligence or failure to maintain the property.
Recovering Damages in a Premises Liability Case
In a premises liability case, you may be able to recover damages for economic and non-economic losses. You may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover damages for:
- Medical expenses. You may be able to recover compensation for all medical expenses, including those that are ongoing.
- Lost wages. You may be able to recover compensation for all lost wages, including those that are ongoing.
- Property damage. You may be able to recover compensation for damage to your property as a result of the accident.
- Pain and suffering. You may be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering as a result of the accident, including emotional distress.
- Punitive damages. In some cases, you may be able to recover punitive damages, which are designed to punish the liable party for reckless or egregious conduct.
Our Lafayette premises liability lawyers will review your case, answer your questions, and outline the best steps to take to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve. Let us stand by your side and fight for justice on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else's property in Lafayette, Louisiana, don't wait to seek legal representation. Contact Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. today at (337) 222-3526 for a free consultation.
An injury is a devastating thing to have to deal with and a legal case on top of it can seem impossible. Our firm’s personal injury attorneys are able to offer peace of mind when you know that someone with experience and commitment is handling the situation.
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