Premises Liability Attorney in South Bend

Serious Advocacy for Tough Cases in Indiana

What is the toughest case to win? What cases are the ones in which jurors are the most skeptical? If you ask any experienced personal injury attorney, they will tell you that a case involving a fall is near the top of the list. These cases are hard to win because juries have a natural tendency to blame the person who was injured for the fall. For that reason, the jury must be presented with strong arguments and powerful evidence about why the landowner as opposed to the injured person is responsible for the injury.

The personal injury attorneys at Sweeney Julian are prepared to help you win a premises liability case in South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, LaPorte, Plymouth, Syracuse, or another Northern Indiana community.

Indiana Premises Liability Lawyer

Premises liability cases are not limited to slip and falls. Lawsuits can be brought for unsafe or dangerous conditions on the premises that cause injury as well as defective construction or inadequate maintenance of the premises where the injury or accident occurred. Examples of premises liability cases include but are not limited to:

  • Injuries from ice or snow accumulation
  • Potholes or other open holes on the property
  • Broken railings
  • Unmarked or broken steps
  • Defective lighting
  • Dog bites and attacks
  • Sticky or slippery substances on the ground
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Lead poisoning
  • Improperly maintained equipment, furniture, or furnishings
  • Overgrown or uncontrolled landscaping or tree growth
  • Fallen trees or limbs

In order to prove your right to compensation, your South Bend personal injury lawyer must prove that the defendant had ownership, possession, or control of the premises where the injury occurred. There may be multiple defendants in an Indiana premises liability case. In a commercial business situation, a business owner or tenant renting from a commercial landlord may also be liable for an injury occurring on his business premises.

A commercial cleaning service that put slippery wax on a floor causing people to fall may be liable for their injuries. If a security company was hired to protect invitees on the premises and failed to do so, the company may be held liable for injuries sustained due to negligent security practices. A governmental entity may be liable for defects in sidewalks causing injuries, or failure to keep traffic signs visible and / or operational. The combinations of possibilities are endless.

Were you the victim of a slip and fall injury?

A slip and fall injury often occurs due to dangerous conditions of the premises and failure of the property owner to repair and or to provide sufficient warning of the defect that caused the incident. Property owners have a duty to use reasonable care to maintain the safety of their premises. They also have a duty to use reasonable care to learn of the existence of any dangerous or unsafe conditions on their premises that could cause harm to anyone.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a premises liability incident, photographs of the scene should be taken immediately. This is especially critical if the fall involves an accumulation of ice or snow. Incident reports should be made with the property owner or store where the incident occurred. Shoes and clothes that were being worn when the incident occurred should be secured and stored without being washed, cleaned, or changed in any way.

Finally, you should not give any statements to any insurance company until you have consulted an Indiana attorney. If you do, you may be asked trick questions that could ultimately hurt your case later on. Our experienced premises liability attorneys and trip and fall lawyers stand ready to assist you through the complex maze of Indiana premises liability laws and issues related to slip and fall accident claims and all other premises liability questions.

Seasoned Advocacy in Northern Indiana

If you have been injured and you believe it is the result of someone else's negligence, call Sweeney Julian for a free consultation and analysis of your situation with a skilled South Bend premises liability attorney. We have the experience and ability necessary to efficiently handle your case and fight for the restitution you need. We look forward to answering all of your premises liability questions, so please do not hesitate to call us.

Sweeney Julian, P.C. - South Bend Personal Injury Lawyer
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