Indiana Premises Liability Lawyer
If you’re like most people, then you visit properties other than your own numerous times per day. For example, perhaps you go to the store, your office, pick up your kids from school, head to the park, and then swing by the dry cleaners on the way home. While everywhere you visit may be a part of your daily routine, do you know what to do in the event that you’re injured at one of these places? At the office of Keffer Hirschauer LLP, our Indiana premises liability lawyer can help. Call our law firm directly today to learn more about your rights when harmed.
Types of Premises Liability Claims
A premises liability claim refers to a type of claim in which you are seeking to hold the owner of a premises liable for injuries you’ve incurred as a result of an accident on those premises. Types of premises liability claims include:
- Dog bites;
- Swimming pool accidents;
- Construction site accidents;
- Falling object accidents:
- Parking lot accidents;
- Slip and fall accidents; and
Essentially, if you’re harmed as a result of a hazard on another’s property, you may have a premises liability case and should consult with an attorney.
The Duty of a Property Owner
Property owners owe a duty to those who enter their property. This duty depends on whether the visitor to the property is an invitee, licensee, or trespasser.
- Invitees are those who have a legal right to be a property because they are invited to be there – for example, guests at a house party or customers at a store. Property owners have a duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition and to remedy known hazards within a reasonable amount of time.
- Licensees are those who are not explicitly invited onto a property but still have a legal right to be there, such as a gas metering professional or the mailman. The duty owed to licensees is the same as the duty that’s owed to an invitee.
- Finally, property owners owe no duty to trespassers other than to refrain from willful and wanton harm.
What You’ll Need to Prove to Win Your Case
If you’ve been injured on another’s property as a result of a hazard on that property, you’ll need to prove that the property owner:
- Owed you a duty of care (i.e. you were on the property lawfully);
- Breached the duty of care owed to you because
- There was an unsafe condition/hazard on the property that was the proximate cause of your injuries,
- The property owner knew or should have known of the hazard, and
- The property owner failed to remedy the condition in a reasonable amount of time; and
- That the breach of duty of care resulted in actual damages, such as medical bills, pain, suffering, and lost wages.
Call Our Indiana Premises Liability Lawyers Today
At the office of Keffer Hirschauer LLP, we know that you likely have a lot of questions about your rights if you’re seriously injured on another’s property. When you call our Indiana premises liability lawyers, we’ll guide you through your options and provide you with the level of representation you deserve. Call us directly today to schedule a free consultation.