Indianapolis Premises Liability Lawyer
Property owners have a duty of care to make sure that other people on their property are safe. The duty of care requires that property owners maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition so that others on the property do not suffer avoidable injuries, or that property owners warn people about risks on the property so that they do not get hurt. When a property owner breaches this duty of care and someone suffers a serious injury, it is critical to seek advice about filing a claim from an Indianapolis premises liability lawyer.
What is Premises Liability in Indianapolis?
Premises liability law is an area of personal injury law that says a property owner can be liable for injuries that occur on their property if they fail to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition or to provide warnings about property risks to others who enter the property. However, it is important to know that Indiana law does distinguish between different types of visitors on the property and the duty of care that the property owes to each of these kinds of persons:
- Invitee: This type of person has been invited onto the property for the property owner’s benefit (often a financial benefit). A potential customer who enters into a business is the classic example of an invitee. Indiana property owners owe the highest duty of care to an invitee on the property.
- Licensee: This type of person also has permission to be on the property—either express or implied permission—but the property owner does not benefit financially from that person being on the property. Examples of licensees can include a person in a public park, or a friend who comes over to your house for dinner. Property owners also owe a duty of care to a licensee, but it is not quite as high as the duty of care owed to an invitee.
- Trespasser: This type of person is on the property illegally, without any kind of express or implied permission. In Indiana, property owners do not owe a duty of care to trespassers, but they cannot take intentional steps to maliciously cause injury to a trespasser on the property.
Common Types of Indianapolis Premises Liability Claim
Premises liability lawsuits can take many different forms in Indianapolis, including but not limited to the following:
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Trips and falls;
- Elevator or escalator accidents;
- Swimming pool accidents;
- Amusement park accidents;
- Hotel or motel negligence;
- Exposure to toxic substances; and/or
- Negligent security.
In short, if you sustain injuries on another party’s property and that party either knew or should have known about the hazard and failed to remedy it or to warn you about it, you could be eligible to file a premises liability claim. Premises liability can include, in some instances, negligent security cases where a business knew about risks to customers and failed to provide necessary security measures.
Contact an Indianapolis Premises Liability Attorney
If you were injured on someone else’s property because of a hazard on the premises, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. One of the experienced Indianapolis premises liability lawyers at our firm can talk with you today about your options for filing a claim.Contact Keffer Hirschauer LLP to learn more about the services we provide to plaintiffs in and around Indianapolis, Indiana.