Plainfield Premises Liability Lawyer
Premises liability is a legal concept under which property owners can be held liable for their failure to keep their premises safe for visitors. The type of evidence required to prevail when filing this type of claim depends on a number of factors, including the kind of property in question, as well as the visitor’s status on that property. Business owners, for instance, owe the highest duty of care to their customers and so much conduct regular inspections and repair any defects as soon as possible. Homeowners who invite friends to a party at their house, on the other hand, while still required to take some steps to keep their property safe, do not generally need to go to the same lengths as commercial property owners. For help determining whether your own injury could support a premises liability claim, please reach out to our experienced Plainfield premises liability lawyers today.
Legal Duty Owed to Visitors
As mentioned previously, individuals who are invited onto someone’s property for the benefit of the owner (i.e. a customer at a retail store), are owed the highest duty of care by property owners, who must take steps to:
- Locate any dangerous conditions on the property;
- Repair any hazards discovered on the property; and
- Warn visitors about any hazards that have not yet been addressed.
Those who are invited onto another person’s property for non-business purposes, such as a social visit, don’t have as many protections as customers. In these cases, property owners are, however, still required to refrain from increasing the possibility of harm to the visitor and to warn visitors of hidden dangers. Even trespassers are owed a degree of protection by property owners, who are legally barred from willfully injuring trespassers or from increasing their likelihood of sustaining an injury on the property.
There are countless ways to be injured while on someone else’s property, but there are certain types of accidents that tend to occur more often than others, including:
- Tripping over a recklessly placed object;
- Falling after tripping on broken stairs or damaged flooring;
- Slipping on a slick surface, such as ice or a spill;
- Missing a step or tripping due to inadequate lighting;
- Becoming the victim of a crime because of negligent security or poor lighting;
- Being bitten by an unrestrained animal; and
- Being struck by a falling object or shelf.
Injured visitors who can prove that a property owner’s negligence led to one of these kinds of accidents could be entitled to a damages award compensating them for related medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Call Today for Help with Your Case
If you were injured while on someone else’s property and are struggling to pay your medical bills and household expenses, please call 317-455-4043 to consult with an experienced Plainfield premises liability lawyer at Keffer Hirschauer LLP about your recovery options. There is no charge for initial consultations, so don’t hesitate to call or send us an online message today.