When a landowner’s negligence causes visitors to suffer undue harm, they may be liable for the ensuing damages. This means that you may be able to hold a property owner liable for injuries you suffered while on their premises. Proving a property owner or manager’s liability can be challenging without knowledgeable legal counsel.
With assistance from a qualified Terre Haute premises liability lawyer, you could maximize your chances of obtaining all the compensation available in your case. Stand up to negligent property owners with our personal injury attorneys.
Property owners in Terre Haute are typically required to exercise a degree of reasonable care to make sure their premises are safe for visitors. Certain property hazards can cause severe and debilitating injuries, making the landowner or manage liable in some cases.
These kinds of hazards may include:
Injuries suffered in these circumstances may form the basis of a successful premises liability lawsuit. Whether and the degree to which a property owner is liable for someone’s damages depends on the injured person’s legal status at the time of the accident.
A person’s legal status when visiting someone’s property largely depends on their reason for being on the premises.
You would qualify as an invitee if you were explicitly or impliedly invited onto the property by the defendant, usually for the defendant’s financial gain. A common example of an invitee is someone who enters a store during open hours.
Property owners owe the highest duty of care to customers and other invitees and are legally obligated to remedy any known hazards or warn visitors of those which cannot be remedied quickly. They must also perform regular inspections to avoid harm to visitors.
A licensee is someone who is legally allowed on the property, usually for a mutual gain to visitor and owner. An example of a licensee is an independent contractor who enters a property to perform a job without oversight from the landowner. A property owner is required to warn licensees of known or concealed dangers, but the ultimate duty of care is not as high as that which is owed to invitees.
A trespasser is someone who illegally enters a person’s property. Property owners are not obligated to protect a trespasser from harm but are not allowed to willfully or recklessly cause them harm.
According to Indiana Code §34-11-2-4, you must generally file a premises liability claim within two years of the accident date. If you do not file on time, you risk losing the right to pursue the claim altogether. The best way to avoid this issue is to contact an attorney quickly after the property accident occurs.
You may be entitled to significant monetary compensation for damages like medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and much more. To properly pursue a claim, you should have your case analyzed and prepared by a competent attorney who is well-versed in property accident cases.
An experienced Terre Haute premises liability lawyer is here to listen to your situation, so contact us today.
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The financial burden that often comes with a serious injury can be too much for many people to bear. Unexpected medical debt, damaged personal property, and the sudden loss of income can impact the budgets of most families. The good news is that a successful injury claim could help reduce that financial strain after a serious accident. Get in touch with a Terre Haute personal injury lawyer with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin to learn more.
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