Indiana Slip & Fall Lawyer
No one plans for a slip and fall accident; instead, these incidents tend to take people by surprise and, while often minor, can sometimes lead to serious injuries. In fact, falls are a leading cause of death for older adults. At the office of Keffer Hirschauer LLP, our Indiana slip & fall lawyers know that a slip and fall accident could be costly for you and your family. If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall, please call our law firm directly today to learn about how we can represent you in your claim for damages.
Common Slip and Fall Locations
A slip and fall accident may occur anywhere that a hazard is present. Some of the most common slip and fall locations include:
- Parking lots;
- Retail establishments;
- Shopping centers;
- Grocery stores;
- Public parks; and
- Private businesses.
When a slip and fall accident occurs on another’s property as a result of a hazard that should have been remedied, the victim maintains the right to bring forth a claim for damages against the property owner, assuming the victim had a legal right to be on the property.
Dangerous Conditions that Lead to Slip and Fall Accidents
A property owner has a duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition and to repair any known hazards within a reasonable amount of time. Types of hazards that could lead to slip and fall accidents, and which should be corrected, include:
- Uneven walking surfaces;
- Spills of food and drink;
- Broken stairs, escalators, and elevators;
- Snow and ice;
- Wet and slippery surfaces;
- Objects in walking areas;
- Cracked sidewalk, potholes, depressions in walking areas, etc.;
- Lack of handrails.
Of course, the list is not inclusive. Things like unruly or aggressive customers, a poor choice of footwear, and negligent behavior–like running instead of walking–may increase the risk of a slip and fall, too.
Building Your Case
In order to win your claim against a property owner, you’ll need to prove that the owner:
- Knew or should have known of the dangerous condition; and
- Failed to remedy the condition within a reasonable amount of time.
Each of these elements can be difficult to prove, especially without compelling evidence.
Our law firm can help you by:
- Gathering evidence;
- Talking to eyewitnesses;
- Hiring accident reconstruction and other experts;
- Calculating your damages;
- Determining the liable party;
- Issuing a demand letter;
- Reviewing and negotiating your settlement amount; and
Most slip and fall accident claims are paid through the at-fault party’s property liability insurance. We know the tactics that these insurance adjusters use to devalue claims and will aggressively fight to protect your right to your full compensation award.
Call Our Indiana Slip & Fall Attorney Today
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident and now have high medical bills and questions about your future, our lawyers can help. Please reach out to our experienced Indiana slip and fall accident lawyers at the office of Keffer Hirschauer LLP directly today to learn more about how we can help. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis.