When individuals enter the property of another, whether residential, business or government property, they have a reasonable expectation of safety. Property owners are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe environment for visitors. A failure to meet this responsibility may result in premises liability for the owner.
The standard that a residential property owner is held to in regards to premises liability is largely dependent of the legal status of those on their property. An invitee is a person that is invited or induced to enter property for a lawful purpose, such as a contractor. The property owner is required to apply ordinary care to keep their premises safe. An invitation to enter property may be found through express statements, known customs or usage, or through the owner's conduct.
A licensee is someone that is allowed to be on property, but has no contractual relationship with the property owner, such as a social guest. Property owners are liable to licensees if they fail to exercise proper care if the licensee is reasonably expected to be near a known dangerous condition. Finally, even trespassers are entitled to an expectation of safety on the property of another. If the property owner is or should be aware of the presence of a trespasser, they are responsible for not causing injury to the trespasser. The types of injuries typically sustained on the property of another are typically due to slips and falls, improper security, unsafe flooring, or inadequate lighting, among others.
The premises liability attorneys at Bruno & Bruno have extensive experience representing those injured as a result of the negligent or careless actions of property owners in Louisiana. They have handled a wide range of premises liability claims and are familiar with the legal complexities involved in such cases. They will evaluate your case and provide candid feedback regarding the legitimacy of your claim. They are diligent advocates for those injured on the property of another and assist them in obtaining the compensation to which they are entitled.