Avon Premises Liability Lawyer
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe for visitors. Unfortunately, thousands of owners each year fail to do so, and innocent people are injured. As experienced Avon premises liability lawyers, we work to help injured victims collect compensation for their injuries. Contact us for more information.
Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability is a broad area of law. It can apply whenever a person is injured on someone’s property. Premises liability accidents can happen in businesses, on someone’s private property, or in public.
Most of our clients are injured when a hazardous condition exists on the property. For example, we can bring a case if you were injured in the following:
- Slip and fall or trip and fall. Some hazard on the ground could cause a person to fall, injuring themselves.
- Falling merchandise. Heavy objects could fall off shelves, landing on our clients.
- Collapsed structures. A building could collapse, or parts of a building could fall on a visitor, such ceiling tiles.
- Escalator/elevator accidents. Shoppers can be hurt when escalators or elevators abruptly stop or otherwise malfunction.
- Negligent security. A victim could be attacked because a business does not have adequate security, such as in a shopping mall or a hotel. Apartment complexes must have certain safety features, and their absence creates a risk of attack.
The above only some of the most common premises liability claims. There are many others. Speak with one of our attorneys to learn more.
A Property Owner’s Duties to Visitors
Property owners do not guarantee the safety of visitors. However, the law spells out certain duties they owe depending on the visitor’s status. In other words, the owner’s duties depend on why you were on the property:
- An invitee is invited onto the property for the benefit of the owner. A business customer is a classic example. The property owner owes a duty of reasonable care, which is the highest duty they owe. The owner should fix hazards they know about or could reasonably discover and should warn of hazard that can’t be immediately fixed.
- A licensee has permission to enter the property, often for the mutual benefit of owner and guest. A social guest coming to visit your home is an example. Property owners have a duty to warn licensees of hazards they know about, and owners should refrain from doing anything that increases the licensee’s peril.
- Someone who enters or stays on property without permission is a trespasser. An owner only owes a trespasser a duty not to intentionally harm them.
Compensation for Your Injuries
If you were injured, you should make a claim on the property owner’s insurance policy. Businesses must carry liability insurance and many homeowners and renters also have coverage. When injured in public, a victim should promptly notify the relevant government agency.
Our clients have received compensation for a variety of losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The key is to meet with an attorney as soon as possible, since Indiana law gives victims a short window of time to sue.
Contact an Avon Premises Liability Attorney Today
Keffer Hirschauer LLP is proud to help those injured in an accident get the relief they need. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.