If you are a tenant here in Shreveport, LA, and you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident because of your landlord’s negligence, you may have a claim for compensation. If this has happened to you, you may benefit from seeking a legal consultation with an experienced Shreveport slip and fall accident attorney like the one here at the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams. Use our Contact Page.
In Louisiana, landlord-tenant, slip-and-fall accidents fall under the category of premises liability. Generally speaking, according to Louisiana law, landlords must maintain safe and hazard-free premises for their tenants. This means that landlords must comply with applicable building codes, make necessary repairs, keep common areas clean and free from obstructions, and otherwise remove hazards and dangerous conditions. Examples of hazardous and dangerous conditions might include
There are several requirements to be successful in your claim against your landlord. First, you will have to show that your landlord knew of the hazardous conditions like a broken railing or sidewalk. Alternatively, you can show that your landlord should have known about the dangerous condition. This issue is often about how long the condition has persisted and whether, in that time, a reasonable landlord (who routinely inspects the property) would have seen or noticed the condition.
Second, you will have to show that the injury that resulted was foreseeable from the condition. This is often straightforward since broken concrete can foreseeably result in a trip and fall. This is why factual issues like lighting can matter in these types of cases. A cracked floor tile might not be unreasonably dangerous in bright sunshine. But in a dark hallway, a broken floor could reasonably cause a trip and fall since an ordinary person might not see such a condition in advance to avoid an injury.
The next step is to show that the landlord refused or failed to fix the dangerous condition (or at least provided some warning or blocked off the hazard).
Most landlord-tenant, slip-and-fall accidents are settled through insurance claims. So, you must act quickly to give notice to your landlord and the insurance carrier.
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For more information, contact the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams; if you have been injured in a Louisiana accident, our Louisiana personal injury lawyers can help you recover the full compensation you are entitled to according to Louisiana law. To contact us, complete our “Contact Us” page here. You may significantly benefit by having an attorney with legal competence and experience assist you with your Louisiana personal injury case. We have offices in Shreveport and handle personal injury cases throughout all of Louisiana. Thank you for reading this blog and visiting our website.