Both commercial and residential property owners have a duty to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe for guests and tenants. Our Lafayette premises liability lawyers understand that it is far too often the case that individuals on another’s property become injured due to dangerous conditions on the part of the property owner. Dangerous conditions on property, such a poor lighting, an unattended swimming pool or a failure to maintain security, can tragically cause serious injury or even death. Negligently kept property can also induce third parties to commit criminal acts on the poorly maintained premises.
Whether a property owner owes a duty to a third party on the property depends largely on why that third party is on the premises. Property owners owe the highest duty to invitees, who are individuals given access to the premises at the express or implied invitation of the property owner. Property owners also owe a duty to licensees, who are individuals granted permission to be on the premises for reasons unconnected to the occupant’s interest. Property owners even owe a duty to trespassers, albeit a very slight duty, only to refrain from willful, wanton injuring of the trespasser.
Given the wide exposure to liability faced by property owners, it’s in the best interest of all property owners to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. This includes eliminating possible threats of injury, such as filling open holes, removing dead tree branches from trees, maintaining fences, and making sure one’s home is in proper repair. A property owner who fails to undertake the necessary repairs to his property may render himself liable for injuries caused by his property.
At Broussard & David, our attorneys represent clients who suffer injuries as a result of property owners' failure to maintain safe conditions on their property. Based in the Lafayette area, our premises liability attorneys are skilled in analyzing legal claims against both commercial and residential property owners and have access to experts who are able to recognize dangerous property conditions.The following conditions may be unreasonably dangerous on residential property:
- Inadequate lighting
- Failure to maintain previously offered security measures, such as a security gate or guard
- Failure to secure a swimming pool
- Failure to maintain a clear pathway
- Dog bites
- Failure to provide requested maintenance
- Failure to attend to a slippery floor after notice of the condition
- Failure to notify customers about the dangerous condition
- Defective building fixtures/ falling objects
- Inadequate lighting in parking lots
- Failure to provide adequate security in parking lots after previous crime
If you or a loved one suffered an injury as a result of a property owner's failure to maintain safe conditions on his or her property, you should speak with an experienced Lafayette premises liability attorney to learn about your legal rights. At Broussard & David, we work to ensure that you and your family receive the fair and just compensation that you deserve to help pay for your medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.
We offer a COMPLIMENTARY consultation to all prospective clients. For questions, call Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local). You can also contact us online for answers to your questions or to schedule your consultation with a premises liability lawyer in Lafayette.