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Premises Liability Lawyer

Landowners have a duty to make sure that their property is safe for their neighbors.

If they fail to meet this standard, then property owners can be held responsible for any injuries that their property causes. In personal injury law, this type of lawsuit is known as “premises liability.”

At Kiefer & Kiefer, our clients are our neighbors – not just case numbers. That’s why we believe it’s important to hold property owners accountable for their negligent actions, and make our community safer.

New Orleans

Premises Liability Lawyer

Landowners have a duty to make sure that their property is safe for their neighbors.

If they fail to meet this standard, then property owners can be held responsible for any injuries that their property causes. In personal injury law, this type of lawsuit is known as “premises liability.”

At Kiefer & Kiefer, our clients are our neighbors – not just case numbers. That’s why we believe it’s important to hold property owners accountable for their negligent actions, and make our community safer.

“I highly recommend Kiefer & Kiefer. Both Nat and Megan are amazing lawyers. They are talented, passionate, and driven to represent their clients to the best of their ability. They are backed by a great office staff that works hard to make sure your case has what it needs to move along smoothly. They all treat you like family and are always available when needed.”

~ Lori C.

Understanding Premises Liability Law in Louisiana

In Louisiana, property owners owe a “duty of care” to anyone who legally enters their property. This means that they must take reasonable action to maintain their property and prevent it from causing any injuries.

If a property owner fails to meet this standard, they can be held liable for any damages caused by their property. This means that a person injured by someone else’s property can file a premises liability lawsuit against that property owner.

In order to prove that a property owner acted negligently, you need to prove four things:
1

The defendant owned the premises.
2

There was a defective condition on the premises.
3

That defendant knew or should have known about the defective condition.
4

You have suffered damages as a result of the condition.

Common Examples of Louisiana Premises Liability Cases

There are many ways that property owners may not meet the standard of care and negligently cause an injury or accident to occur.

Here are some of the common examples of these types of issues we have seen over the years in premises liability cases:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Negligent security
  • Building code violations
  • Fire code violations
  • Falling debris
  • Exposure to dangerous chemicals
  • Poorly-maintained roads or public spaces
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Negligent security
  • Building code violations
  • Fire code violations
  • Falling debris
  • Exposure to dangerous chemicals
  • Poorly-maintained roads or public spaces
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Dog bites

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Property Owners’ Duty of Care in Louisiana

In Louisiana, the standard of care that a property owner owes you depends on the relationship that you have with them. For example, if you’re trespassing on their property, they can’t be held liable for any injuries that you suffer.

Louisiana law divides people entering another person’s property into three categories:

1

Licensees

Licensees include anyone who has been invited for non-business purposes, including social guests at a home, or someone who came into a store to use the restroom. Property owners owe a lower standard of care to licensees, but they still must take reasonable care to avoid any injuries.
2

Invitees

Invitees are anyone who have been invited for business purposes, including customers, contractors, or delivery people. Property owners owe the highest standard of care to invitees. They must regularly check for any hazards, and immediately fix a hazard or warn people about it.
3

Trespassers

Trespassers include anyone who enters private property illegally or without permission. Property owners do not owe any standard of care to trespassers, although there are some exceptions, including when the property owner should have anticipated that there would be trespassers.

Most premises liability lawsuits are filed by invitees, such as customers at a business or people on public property. But under certain circumstances, you may be able to file a lawsuit as a licensee or even a trespasser.

Recovering Damages in Premises Liability Cases

At Kiefer & Kiefer, we will conduct our own investigation into the accident. Based on which category you fall under as an entrant on their property, we will prove to a court that they owed you a duty of care, and failed to meet that standard, causing your injuries.

Once liability has been established, we just need to demonstrate the damages that you have suffered as a result of your injuries.

Here are some of the damages you can recover in a premises liability case:

  • Medical bills
  • Recovery and treatment costs
  • Past, present, and future lost wages
  • Loss of earning ability
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
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Contact Kiefer & Kiefer Today

Our mission is to represent the interests of our community to the best of our ability. That means holding property owners accountable and making sure you receive all the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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