Many things could impact how likely a business here in Louisiana is to face litigation or other legal actions. One is how clean and well-kept the business’ offices are.

What does how well-kept a business keeps its offices have to do with what sorts of legal challenges it could face? Well, when an office isn’t well-kept-up, it could lead to safety hazards arising in it. This could not only create injury risks for an office’s workers, but also injury risks for people who come to visit the office, including clients/customers and prospective clients/customers. When a visitor to a business’ office suffers an injury as a result of a safety hazard in the office, the business could be at risk of facing a lawsuit, such as a premises liability claim.

Thus, good housekeeping practices in their offices can be very important for businesses. This includes practices aimed at preventing and addressing potential injury hazards such as: spills, areas being under-lit, obstructed walkways, cluttered aisles, overly slippery floors and broken/damaged floors.

So, good housekeeping is among the many steps that businesses can take to try to help prevent injury-related claims, such as premises liability lawsuits, from arising in connection to their office spaces or other areas where visitors can be present.

Of course, a business being careful about its spaces is not a guarantee it won’t face any premises liability litigation. For one, sometimes, meritless premises liability claims are brought against a business.

When a business ends up having a premise liability lawsuit or similar legal action brought against it, what defense strategy it takes can matter greatly. So, when facing such actions, Louisiana businesses may want the guidance and services of an attorney experienced in premises liability defense.

Source: Safety+Health, “Make office housekeeping a priority,” April 1, 2016