Premises liability law is defined as the body of law that makes the individual or company that owns land, buildings or other premises responsible for preventing personal injury or other harm to those individuals that are present on the premises.
In plain English, this means that whenever you are out shopping, banking, dining, seeing a movie, visiting with friends, or just going about your daily business, it is reasonable to expect that you and your family will be safe from harm. Premises liability cases occur when business owners, building owners, supervisors or employees fail to create and maintain a safe environment.
But every year, thousands of people are injured or even killed from slipping and falling, falling boxes, sharp protruding objects, burns, faulty handrails, malfunctioning escalators, elevator accidents, unsecured pools of water, inadequate security, unrestrained animals, and unsecured dangerous products, such as chemicals. Premises negligence may include anything from not removing ice from a doorway, to not posting warnings about a biting dog, to not providing adequate security in a parking garage.
Recovering Damages in Premises Liability Cases
Maintaining a safe environment may take effort, but it is the responsibility of the property owner or manager. When companies or individuals are negligent, accidents happen and people get hurt.
In order to recover damages in a premises liability case, you must be able to prove that your injuries are due to negligence. This means you must be able to prove the following:
- The property was in defective or dangerous condition, and the unsafe or dangerous condition caused the injury.
- The person responsible for maintenance of the property knew that the dangerous condition existed.
- There was plenty of time for the dangerous condition to be repaired or for warnings to be posted, but the dangerous condition was not repaired and adequate warnings were not posted.
- Proper safety equipment was not present.
- There was not adequate security for the number of people at the business.
- There was a violation of building safety codes or of maximum occupancy laws.
Hensley Legal Group is Here to Help
Hensley Legal Group can help. Our attorneys are experienced with handling Indiana premises liability cases. Our job is to establish how a person or company was negligent and prove it in a court of law. We can determine if building codes were violated, if safety standards were ignored, or if laws were broken.
The premises liability lawyers at Hensley Legal Group stay up-to-date on the statutes, regulations, and laws that apply to premises liability cases. We use that knowledge to help you.
Don’t take a settlement before talking to an attorney! Your case may be seriously undervalued. Call for a free consultation. We will review your case and determine if the settlement you are being offered is really fair.
If you have a premises liability or negligent security case, Hensley Legal Group will do everything we can to see that you are fairly compensated for medical costs, lost income, burial expenses, and for the pain that you and your family have endured. Call today to learn more.