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Who is at fault for unsafe property conditions?

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2019 | Firm News, Premises Liability |

Many of our readers in Louisiana have probably been to a place where they were more than a little concerned about the safety of the premises. A store may have stairs without a handrail, for instance, or maybe a business has not installed the proper security measures to protect contractors and customers. Whatever the situation, residents should not simply look past these unsafe conditions, because if they are injured it may be necessary to take legal action.

But, who is at fault for these types of unsafe property conditions? Well, in most cases, the answer is quite simple: the property owner. Unless a property owner has contracted with another entity, such as a tenant or a property management group, to make sure that the premises is safe for invitees, customers and other guests, a visitor to the property who suffers an injury while on the property will likely need to pursue legal action against the property owner.

However, there is usually more to a premises liability case than simply identifying the property owner. The status of the visitor to the property is important as well. If the person who was injured on the property was specifically invited to the property as a guest or customer, for example, a legal claim for the injury against the property owner will be in a strong position. But, if the visitor was not on the property at the owner’s invitation, such as a trespasser, the legal claim may be quite weak.

Anyone who has suffered an injury on another party’s property in Louisiana may want to get more information about their potential legal claim. It may be possible to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.