Property owners in Indiana owe certain responsibilities to people who come on their property and if somebody is injured because the property is not safe, the owner or renter can be responsible for the injuries. Premises liability cases can occur on public or private property. We see premises liability cases involving public buildings, parking lots, schools or parks and recreation facilities. We also see premises liability cases involving private commercial businesses that would include retail stores, car lots, apartment complexes and homes.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a dangerous condition on another person's property, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. We recommend that you call one of our Michigan City premises liability lawyers as soon as possible to discuss your rights. In these types of cases, it is important to preserve any evidence of the scene showing the dangerous condition at or near the time of the injury. If you wait days, weeks or months without preserving the evidence, you may not be able to prove your case because the dangerous condition has been fixed or the evidence has been lost or destroyed. During your consultation we will be able to determine if you have a viable case. We will also discuss the possible ways in which you may receive payment for your medical bills and other loses that result from the incident.
Northwest Indiana Premises Liability Cases
Generally, property owners and renters have a duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. If they allow a dangerous condition to develop on their premises and fall to correct the problem and you or a loved one is hurt, the property owner or renter will be responsible for your injuries. There are many different types of cases that fall under the premises liability label:
- slip and fall accidents
- trip and fall accidents
- accidents caused by broken furniture
- swimming pool accidents
- accidental discharge of guns or other firearms
- trampoline accidents
- slides, monkey bars, swings and other recreational activities
- improper construction of stairs and handicapped ramps
- parking bumper and stops
- improper lighting in parking lots, parking lots and buildings
- golf cart accidents
- criminal acts that happen on business property
If you have any questions about a premises liability injury, call Guy DiMartino Law at (219) 690-8997 or fill out the internet consultation box on your right.
Premises Liability Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I was in a Northwest Indiana supermarket and I was injured when I slipped on an oily substance left on the floor; can I receive compensation for my injuries?
A: You may be able to receive compensation for your injuries, if you are able to show that the supermarket knew or should have known about the dangerous condition on the floor. It is very important to nail down the facts of the fall as soon as possible because as time goes on evidence disappears and potential witnesses' memories fade.
Q: I was in a local Michigan City motel and I was injured when a chair in the room broke and I fell to the floor, can I receive compensation for my injuries?
A: Yes, you may have a case against a number of parties. First, you may have a case against the Michigan City hotel if you can show that the chair was not properly maintained or inspected before you used the chair. Second, you may a case against the manufacturer of the chair if there was a manufacturing defect that caused the chair to fail. In these cases it is very important to seek counsel with an attorney as soon as possible because the evidence must be preserved in the condition that it was on the day of the incident. If the hotel were to repair or destroy the chair before an attorney or engineer had a chance to inspect it, you would have a difficult time proving your case.
Q: I had a family member that was mugged outside a Michigan City shopping center and was really hurt, does my family member have a case against the shopping center?
A: Your family member may have a case against the Michigan City shopping center depending on the facts of the incident. This type of claim is called a negligent security claim. A property owner or business may be liable for injuries to a customer or guest for the criminal acts of third persons. Again, like all premises liability types of cases, the inquiry is very fact specific and rests on whether the criminal act(s) was foreseeable. This analysis includes looking at all of the circumstances surrounding an event, including the nature, condition, and location of the land, as well as prior similar incidents to determine whether a criminal act was foreseeable. In these situations, it is very important to hire an attorney immediately because the mugging has to be investigated as soon as possible.
Q: My apartment complex has an area of the parking lot where snow melts and then freezes over at night, I had a friend visit my apartment the other night and slipped on ice formation in the parking lot breaking his arm; can he get his medical bills paid by the apartment complex?
A: Yes, if you can show that the apartment complex owner or manager (a) knew or should have known about the problem with melting snow and ice formation; and (b) failed to exercise reasonable care to protect people in walking the parking lot from ice formation. Premises liability cases like this are very fact sensitive that is why it is important to consult an attorney right away because investigation has to be done immediately to identify the dangerous condition on the property in which somebody is hurt.
If you have any other questions about a Michigan City, Indiana slip, trip and fall injury, call Guy DiMartino Law at (219) 690-8997 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right.