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Premises Liability Attorneys Helping Those Injured on Private and Public Property

Holding negligent parties accountable

Stores, restaurants and other organizations have a responsibility to maintain reasonably safe premises for customers and guests. When they fail to do so, they may be guilty of negligence that causes significant personal injury. If you need to take action against negligent property owners who failed to maintain adequate safety and security, a dedicated personal injury lawyer with Ward & Ward in Indianapolis can help. We have years of experience in premises liability law and are eager to help you explore your options.

The responsibility of property owners

The owners of a property must maintain premises that are reasonably safe for those who visit. If they don’t, an injury to a guest could ensue. As the victim of an injury sustained while on another’s property, you should understand the circumstances that must be present to effectively hold the property owner liable.

The most common issues related to premises liability are slips and falls, which typically occur on commercial properties. Because it is assumed that customers are on the premises at the invitation and benefit of the business, the property owner has an obligation to make the facilities reasonably safe. The injured party must not have contributed to the accident, and it must be demonstrated that the owner did not take the actions required to fix a potential hazard in a timely manner.

Understanding unsafe premises

By broader definition, a building defined as unsafe by Indiana law should be reasonably identifiable as such by a prudent person. The following are identifying factors:

  • Structurally impaired to an unsafe extent
  • A fire or public health hazard
  • A public nuisance
  • In violation of building maintenance law
  • Vacant and not reasonably maintained for habitation

To make your case for premises liability, you must have been “invited” to the premises and injured as a result of elements of which you were not aware, but of which the property owner was aware should have removed. A case also depends on the injured person’s status as a trespasser, invitee (invited and welcome) or licensee (allowed, but not necessarily “invited” by way of signs or constructed features). If you have questions about these stipulations and need to learn more, a personal injury lawyer at Ward & Ward can help.

Speak with a knowledgeable Indianapolis premises liability attorney

After you’ve been injured on another party’s property, call the team at Ward & Ward at 888-316-3449 or contact us online. We offer free initial consultations, and our office is conveniently located near Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in case you need us in an emergency.

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