Premises Liability

premises liabilityProperty owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe for guests and visitors. Premises liability is an area of law that holds landowners legally responsible for a third party’s injuries under certain circumstances.

Broussard & David, LLC represents people who are injured on both commercial and residential properties. Premises liability often hinges on the facts and circumstances of each case. An experienced attorney can assist you in understanding your legal rights and asserting your legal claims.

Premises liability varies depending on the laws of your state. A landowner’s liability typically depends on two factors:

  • The legal status of the injured person — Some courts look to the legal status of the person injured on the property. This analysis involves the consideration of whether the landowner consented to having the individual on his property or whether the individual was a trespasser. Courts generally impute legal responsibility to a landowner who consents to have third parties on his property. Landlords generally do not owe any duty to trespassers.
  • The property’s condition — To determine whether to hold a landowner liable, some courts instead look solely to the condition of the property and the activity on the property at the time of the accident. In these jurisdictions, a landowner has a duty to maintain property that is reasonably safe for visitors. This duty typically includes a duty to inspect property to ensure that no unreasonably dangerous conditions exist on the property and to promptly repair dangerous conditions on the property. Courts often consider whether the landowner had notice of the hazardous condition or whether the hazard was foreseeable to the landowner.

Premises liability can arise in both the commercial and residential context. Common claims against landowners include:

  • Slip and fall
  • Parking lot injury
  • Foreseeable criminal acts of third parties

If you or a loved one were seriously injured on another person’s commercial or residential property, you may have legal rights. Broussard & David, LLC has experience handling premises liability cases and will work to obtain compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

We offer a complimentary consultation to all prospective clients. For questions, call Broussard & David, LLC at 888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local). You can also contact us online for answers to your questions or to schedule your consultation.