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If you got hurt on public or private property, who is at fault?

Suffering any type of injury is frustrating, but it can be especially difficult if you are unsure if you are at fault. Suffering because of the negligence or reckless behavior of another person is never acceptable, and you have the right to stand up for yourself, your interests and your recovery.

If you hurt yourself in a fall or similar accident on public or private property in Louisiana, you may not be to blame. Dangerous property conditions are not your fault, and you may have valid grounds for a premises liability claim. You could have a rightful claim to compensation for what you suffered.

Is the property owner responsible?

It may be possible that the property owner is liable for what happened to you because he or she failed in the responsibility to maintain safe property conditions and remove hazards. This could be the case for your situation if your accident happened because of any of the following:

  • Dangerous property conditions that directly led to your injury
  • Property owner had time to notice and fix the dangerous problem
  • No action was taken to eliminate a hazard already identified

It can be difficult to know if you have a case. Premises liability cases are complex, and even if you are unsure that you have a valid claim, you always have the right to know your options.

The elements of a premises liability claim

Premises liability claims can be complicated, but it is possible, with experienced legal assistance, to build a strong claim. When hearing your case, the court will consider the following factors:

  • Why you were on the property
  • The current condition of the property
  • Existence of dangerous conditions
  • Amount of time owner or manager had to fix the problem

Even in cases in which both parties carry a share of the blame for the slip-and-fall or other similar type of accident, you could still have a rightful claim to a certain amount of compensation.

The help you deserve

You deserve to fully recover from your accident, and a premises liability claim may be the best way by which you can secure the money you need for medical care, therapy and other recovery needs. Whether you are unsure of what caused your accident, uncertain if you are partially to blame or if you believe you have a strong case, you would be wise to seek a complete case evaluation as soon as possible.

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