Premises liability claims can arise in a number of situations in New Orleans. For example, a person could slip on a spill on the floor of a store, or an object from a high shelf can fall on to them. Sometimes establishments do not provide adequate security. In other situations, a property owner's dog bites a visitor. In any of these cases, property owners are under a duty to keep their premises reasonably maintained in sufficient condition, and they have to fix any conditions that have become dangerous.
Louisiana property owners have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe, so as to avoid accidents that could injure visitors. If they breach this duty, and a visitor is injured as a result, the owner may be held liable for the injured person's damages. The legal theory behind this is known as premises liability, and it often comes up in cases where a customer has been injured in a fall at a restaurant or grocery store.
Most Louisiana residents do not think they will encounter dangerous conditions when they enter the property of others. Unfortunately, the negligence and carelessness of some property owners can lead to such situations. Even more so, when visitors, patrons and customers enter these properties and interact with a dangerous condition, it is likely that they will suffer serious injuries and damages.
Are business owners responsible for injuries to employees, customers or even trespassers who enter the property? While workers' compensation covers the vast majority of accidents involving employees, business owners should be aware of the liability that could be placed on them in an incident on the business' premises, such as a slip-and-fall accident.
On a regular basis, many Louisiana residents enter the property of others for various reasons. Whether it is a grocery store, post office, school, office building or a friend's house, an individual enters someone else's property with the impression that it is safe to do so. While in most cases the safety of visitors and patrons is highly considered, some negligent property owners fail to take appropriate steps. And in these instances, a serious injury could befall an unexpected visitor.
Louisiana residents likely enter various businesses on a weekly basis. Whether it is a grocery store, department store, restaurant or an office building, patrons entering these establishments expect that these businesses are safe to enter. However, when business owners fail to ensure the interior and surrounding area of a public business are safe, this could place legal liability on the owner.
Louisiana residents visit a number of locations during any given week. They may go to work, the grocery store, and stop and friends' homes. They may go out to eat, visit the library or stop at the bank to deposit money. While most of us don't often don't think about it in these terms, when visiting these places, we place trust in the owners of these properties. We trust that they will have repaired any obvious safety hazards and taken reasonable steps to protect us from accidents.