Plainfield Slip & Fall Lawyer
Although property owners are required to take certain precautions to keep their visitors safe, an alarming number fail to do so. The repercussions of this negligence can be devastating for unsuspecting visitors, especially those who end up injured in a slip and fall accident. Fortunately, it is possible for injured parties to recover compensation for their accident-related losses, including reimbursement for medical bills and lost wages. These types of claims can, however, be difficult to resolve, so if you were recently injured while on someone else’s property, you should consider speaking with an experienced Plainfield slip & fall lawyer who can give your claim the best possible chance of success.
Slip and Fall Laws in Indiana
In Indiana, someone who is injured in a slip and fall accident while on another person’s property could be entitled to compensation if he or she can prove that:
- A hazardous condition on the property in question caused him or her to fall; and
- The property owner knew or should have known that the hazard existed.
Establishing these elements can be difficult, especially when it comes to slip and fall cases, which often involve a transitory substance, or something that isn’t permanent. A spill in a grocery store or an iced over sidewalk, for example, are only temporary defects, so it can be hard to demonstrate that the store owner knew or should have known about the problem. It is, however, still possible to do so if there is evidence that those types of spills were common in a certain area, or that in a particular case the spill had existed for long enough that an employee should have recognized it. Video recordings and eyewitness testimony, as well as previous incident reports can play a crucial role in establishing that a property owner should have known about a particular problem. Ultimately, whether a hazard existed for enough time for an owner to discover and address it will be left to a jury if the parties cannot reach an out-of-court settlement.
Recovering Slip and Fall Damages
Injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents are often severe and include everything from broken bones and lacerations to head trauma and whiplash. Diagnosing and treating these injuries can be expensive, a burden that is often only made heavier by the fact that an injured party isn’t able to work while recovering. Fortunately, plaintiffs who can prove that a property owner was liable for an accident can recover compensation for both economic losses, such as reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, and property damage, as well as non-economic damages, which include losses like mental anguish and pain and suffering. Recovering this type of compensation, however, is only possible for those who file a claim before Indiana’s two year statute of limitations expires.
Were You Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?
For help with your own claim, please reach out to the experienced Plainfield slip and fall lawyers at Keffer Hirschauer LLP by calling our office at 317-455-4043 or by sending us an online message.