Premises liability law states that when a person is injured because of dangerous property conditions, that property’s owner or the party responsible for maintenance of the property may be held legally responsible for the victim’s injuries and damages. If you have been injured as the result of an improperly maintained or unsafe property, the nationally board certified civil trial lawyers at Doehrman Buba can help you pursue the compensation to which you are entitled.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is the body of law that holds a property owner responsible for certain injuries suffered by people on the premises. Although some premises liability cases, such as slip and fall or trip and fall cases, dog bite cases, cruise ship accidents, or negligent security may appear to clearly indicate a verdict in favor of the victim, the law in some states favors the premises’ owner. Thus, to obtain fair compensation, it is necessary to retain an accident attorney with the knowledge and experience in premises liability law to represent your best interests.
People injured as the result of a dangerous or improperly maintained property may be entitled to compensation. To successfully negotiate your premises liability claim, our attorneys must prove:
- The owner/responsible party knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, should have realized that it involved an unreasonable risk of harm, and should have expected that people would not discover or realize the danger, including for any property considered to be an attractive nuisance
- The owner/responsible party failed to exercise reasonable care to either make the condition safe or to warn people of the risk involved
- The victim did not have reason to know of the dangerous condition and risk involved
If a property owner or the party responsible for maintaining the site fails to provide a safe environment or adequately warn of danger, and someone sustains an injury as a result of that failure, then the owner/responsible party can be held liable for the injured person’s medical bills, lost wages, and other hardships. Premises liability law applies to homeowners, businesses, and even owners of vacant or abandoned lots. If you are a property owner, we have put together a list of general tips to help you avoid premises liability claims.
Causes of Slip and Falls or Trip and Falls
Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can occur for many reasons. Common causes include:
- Icy walkways
- Spills on supermarket floors
- Uneven surfaces
- Cracks in sidewalks
- Tears in carpets
- Faulty railings
- Faulty staircases
- Poor lighting
If you have suffered a slip and fall accident, the negligent party may claim the accident was actually your fault—that you should have seen the hazard and taken appropriate action to avoid it. Our Indianapolis premises liability attorneys have the skill and resources to thoroughly investigate your case to determine the actual cause of the accident and who was at fault.
Let Our Indianapolis Premises Liability Attorneys Help You
If you or someone close to you has suffered a personal injury on someone else’s property, we are here to help. Contact our Indianapolis premises liability lawyers today online or by telephone at (317) 844-9999 for a free consultation.