Premises liability is not something the average person in Lafayette thinks about when they go shopping or attend a social gathering, but the matter can become quite important if an accident occurs and injuries are suffered. After all, a slip-and-fall, for example, can leave a victim with excessive pain, a mountain of medical expenses and lost wages on account of an inability to work. If you find yourself in this situation, then you may be wondering what you can do to try to recoup your losses.
This is where it is helpful to have a full understanding of premises liability law and how it might apply to your specific set of circumstances. As we have discussed previously on this blog, property owners have a duty to identify and remedy dangerous conditions. Even if they didn’t have actual knowledge of the condition, they may be held liable if they should have known of the condition and they failed to identify and correct it. For example, a grocery store owner may have been informed that there was a spill in one of the aisles, but failed to clean up the spill and place “slippery when wet” signs in the area of the spill.
Premises liability lawsuits can be hotly contested, meaning that they may wind up going to trial. Yet, with an attorney, like those at Tauzin & Lorio Attorneys at Law, by one’s side, a victim may be able to reach an appropriate resolution through negotiation. Our attorneys are adept at settlement negotiations, but we don’t settle a claim on our clients’ behalf without ensuring that we have their word and the agreement is fair.
Realistically, though, even the best of efforts may not resolve a claim through negotiations. In these instances, it is critical to have a legal professional on your side who knows the rules of evidence and how to craft a legal argument that supports your claim. Our law firm zealously litigates for its clients because we know the unfair position that they have been put in, and we want them to be made as whole as possible again. Therefore, we put on the best cases we can with an eye toward meeting statutory requirements and pushing back against the defense’s evidence.