Aiding Victims Of Negligent Property Owners
When you leave the comfort of your home, you expect to get where you need to be and return safely. Whether you are shopping at the grocery store or leaving an apartment building. Unfortunately, accidents can happen when property is not maintained as it should be. Accidents due to unsafe property can result in serious injuries.
The attorneys at Sweeney Julian will help you file a premises liability claim. 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. We will take the time to investigate your claim and present your case in a favorable fashion.
Types Of Premesis Liability Cases
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 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 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 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.
Ready To Help You
If you have been injured and you believe it is the result of someone else’s negligence, call Sweeney Julian at 574-889-3411 for a free consultation and analysis of your situation. 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.