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What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability law states that when a person is injured because of dangerous property conditions, that property’s owner or the party responsible for maintenance of the property may be held legally responsible for the victim’s injuries and damages.

Although some premises liability cases, such as slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall cases, dog bite cases, cruise ship accidents, or negligent security may appear to clearly indicate a verdict in favor of the victim, the law in some states favors the premises’ owner.

Thus, to obtain fair compensation, it is necessary to retain an accident attorney with the knowledge and experience in premises liability law to represent your best interests.

If you have been injured as the result of an improperly maintained or unsafe property, the nationally board-certified civil trial lawyers at Doehrman Buba Ring in Carmel, Indiana, can help you pursue the compensation to which you are entitled.

Proof Needed To Win

People injured as the result of dangerous or improperly maintained property may be entitled to compensation. To successfully handle your premises liability claim, our attorneys will work to prove:

  • The owner/responsible party knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, should have realized that it involved an unreasonable risk of harm, and should have expected that people would not discover or realize the danger, including for any property considered to be an attractive nuisance
  • The owner/responsible party failed to exercise reasonable care to either make the condition safe or to warn people of the risk involved
  • The victim did not have reason to know of the dangerous condition and risk involved

If a property owner or the party responsible for maintaining the property fails to provide a safe environment or adequately warn of danger, and someone sustains an injury as a result of that failure, then the owner/responsible party can be held liable for the injured person’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages incurred by the injured person.

Premises liability law applies to homeowners, businesses, and even owners of vacant or abandoned lots.

Causes Of Slips And Falls

Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents can occur for many reasons. Common causes include:

  • Icy walkways
  • Spills on supermarket floors
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Potholes
  • Cracks in sidewalks
  • Tears in carpets
  • Faulty railings
  • Faulty staircases
  • Poor lighting

If you have suffered a slip-and-fall accident, the insurance company for the negligent party often will claim the accident was your fault. The insurance company will often argue that you should have seen and/or avoided the hazardous condition on the property. Our attorneys have the skill and resources to thoroughly investigate your case to determine the actual cause of the accident and who was at fault.

Let Us Help You

If you or someone close to you has suffered a personal injury on someone else’s property, we are here to help. Contact our Carmel office today online or by phone at 317-669-9445 for a free consultation with one of our partners.