Indiana Slip and Fall Lawyers
A spill in aisle three at the supermarket, an unmarked deep hole at a construction site, standing water in a restaurant’s bathroom, or uneven sidewalk pavement outside the bookstore you frequent could all lead to an Indiana slip and fall accident. If you’ve been hurt on someone else’s property and your safety has been compromised by a hazardous situation similar to these, you have the right to contact an Indiana slip and fall lawyer from Stewart & Stewart Attorneys.
According to the National Safety Council, slip and fall accidents are the single largest cause of emergency room visits. Unfortunately, most of these slip and fall injuries could have been avoided had the property owner properly maintained their premises or effectively warned visitors of the potential dangers.
Any preventable Indiana slip and fall injury that you have suffered due to another’s negligence should be reported to a Indiana slip and fall lawyer at Stewart & Stewart, so we can recover the compensation you deserve for your severe pain and suffering and rapidly growing medical bills.
What are examples of Indiana premises liability?
Premises liability cases occur when a personal injury is sustained on another person’s property. Typically, the injuries result from a slip and fall accident.
The following situations are examples of premises liability:
- construction site injuries, particularly those involving persons other than workers
- falling trees
- inadequate security (lights, surveillance) resulting in a preventable assault by a third party
- pool drownings
- products falling off of shelves at a store
- slip and falls caused by slippery floors or standing water, ice, or snow
- slip and falls caused by damaged or uneven walkways, slippery stairs, or poor upkeep
What duty does the owner have for care of the victim?
The Indiana slip and fall victim’s status on that property determines the amount of duty the property owner is liable for.
The slip and fall victim could have been:
- a business invitee who is there for the mutual economic growth of both parties
- a social visitor who is there by invitation and not for the owner’s economic growth
- an Illegal trespasser who is on the premises without permission
Generally, the highest level of duty is to the business invitee while the lowest level of care is to the trespasser.
How do you prove negligence in an Indiana premises liability case?
A property owner is not responsible for an Indiana slip and fall accident simply because someone was injured on his or her property; the property owner has to be proven negligent.
The owner of the property will only be forced to pay for damages caused by the dangerous condition of the property if the injured person can prove:
- the condition of the property was dangerous
- the owner knew, or should have known, about the dangerous condition
- the owner had a reasonable opportunity to correct or warn of the condition, which was not reasonably open and obvious to the injured party at the time of the accident