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With changing weather upon us in Louisiana, it is important to know what one’s obligations are in respect of the property they own or rent-if one fails to take adequate precautions on their property to correct a problem that existed, they could be held liable for the medical expenses or property damage that results from a trip and fall accident. These are some of the most common types of injuries incurred.

Though the law doesn’t require that one clear up the ice and snow that accumulates outside of the property that they own or rent, it may be possible to hold them liable if conditions on the property causes it to accumulate unnaturally. For example, if the ice accumulated on the roof, but then melts, drips because the drain is clogged and then freezes again, and someone slips on this, the property owner or renter can be held liable.

Parking lots are another property aspect to be mindful of. Property owners are supposed to be responsible for maintaining the parking lot in a way that the lot is reasonably safe for use. This means holes must be filled and cracks fixed. Differences in height from one section must be gradual and not sudden, so as to prevent slips. It is also important to ensure that there is adequate lighting in the parking lot, as improper lighting that was in the attention of the property owner should be corrected as soon as possible.

When a Louisiana resident slips and falls on the floor of someone else’s property due to conditions the property owner knew about and should have corrected, it may be possible to hold the person accountable. Falls incur medical treatment and those bills can be covered by the owner under the doctrine of premises liability.