Indianapolis Premises Liability Attorney
If certain hazards are brought to the property owner’s attention, he or she must adequately address these concerns to remove the risk of danger to the best of his or her ability. When a property owner fails in this duty, patrons, customers and others are often at risk for severe injury or death and may incur significant medical expenses, emotional trauma or pain, and missed time from work. If you or a loved one has been injured at a business, at someone else’s home, or in a store, it is important to consider taking legal action with help from an experienced premises liability lawyer.
What is Premises Liability?
While federal, state, and local laws will vary in terms of the specific obligations that a property owner has, the basic underlying idea is that these individuals are required to keep their buildings, grounds, and other property areas safe for both patrons and authorized visitors who have business at that location.
However, in some cases, innocent people are likely to suffer from severe injuries if a property owner fails to meet this obligation. Premises liability encompasses a variety of cases, including:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective sidewalks
- Insufficient security
- Staircase accidents
- Electricity and electrocution
- Dog bites
The most common of these incidents, slip and fall accidents, occur on a day-to-day basis. A lack of secure areas around swimming pools, broken stair rails, poor weather conditions that cause rain, sleet, and ice, poor lighting, torn carpet, cracked sidewalks, and floors and steps that are uneven or slippery can all contribute to slip and fall accidents.
Additionally, a victim may have a premises liability case if he or she was injured due to water or snow left on walkways, poor construction or materials, building code violations, or defective electrical wiring. It is important to contact a premises liability lawyer who can help to determine the cause of your injuries and assist you in filing your premises liability lawsuit so that you can seek the compensation that is appropriate for your situation.
When Property Owners are Negligent
If a property owner is informed of a particular hazard on his or her grounds such as a wet floor or a broken light, he or she must quickly act to address these concerns by cleaning up the floor or placing a “wet floor” sign near the area or fixing the light to reduce the risk of a slip and fall accident. Should he or she fail to address these concerns and a patron is injured, assaulted, or attacked due to a lack of security, the property owner may be required to pay for the victim’s damages.
The most common types of properties for assaults that occur due to negligence include:
- Parking lots and ramps
- College campuses
- Apartment complexes
If security cameras are malfunctioning or a property owner failed to otherwise provide adequate measures to ensure the safety of his or her property and a crime such as a rape, robbery, or assault occurs, the victim may be entitled to pursue a premises liability or negligent security case against the individual or party responsible for his or her injuries.
Do You Have a Premises Liability Lawsuit? Jacobs Law, LLC Can Help
At Jacobs Law, LLC, our premises liability attorneys take our cases seriously. If you have been injured or someone you love has been killed on another’s property and you would like more information about pursuing a premises liability claim, please contact us today toll-free at (877) 418-5589 to schedule your free consultation. We have been working with clients who have been injured by another’s negligence for more than 25 years, and we can help you to determine if you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries and help you to recover the damages to which you may be entitled.
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