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tripping down stairsWhen you visit someone else’s property, you expect that you’ll be safe there. That’s a reasonable expectation — especially when the owner has opened his or her property to the commercial public.

Unfortunately, landlords and property owners don’t always take the necessary steps to ensure their premises are safe for public use. As a result, innocent people sometimes suffer injuries while on a public or commercial property. In fact, it happens a lot more often than you might realize.

From hotels to amusement parks, parking garages to restaurants, shopping malls to movie theaters, and beyond, the businesses you encounter each day have a legal duty to keep you safe from harm.

Among other things, they must regularly inspect their property and keep an eye out for dangers. When hazards arise, the owners must quickly and reasonably respond. They are also required to take measures to prevent foreseeable harm in the future. So even if the property owner doesn’t know that a dangerous condition exists, he or she may still be liable for it.

If you have been injured while on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to financial relief under the laws of our state.

Premises liability is an area of law designed to protect the public from the costs of hazardous property conditions. It allows you to take legal action against negligent landlords, property managers, municipalities, and other parties who breach their duty to keep you safe.

As Indianapolis premises liability attorneys, we at Eskew Law are dedicated to fighting for the rights of the unfairly injured.

We know how profoundly unjust these injuries are, especially when the landlord or the insurance company expects you to foot the bill for them.

Those bills can be quite large, not to mention all the other damages associated with a hazardous property injury. Premises liability accidents can be so serious that they cause catastrophic, life-changing disabilities. Some are even fatal.

Indiana premises liability law is sophisticated, but it’s an area our office understands well. We’ve cultivated strategies for success, even when going up against the biggest corporations in Indiana. More often than not, we’re able to secure private settlements in our client’s best interest — and when trials are necessary, our seasoned trial attorneys are up to the task.

Talk to the Indianapolis premises liability lawyers in our office as soon as possible. There is often an investigative component to these cases, including preserving evidence, so the sooner we can begin, the more effective we can be in our goal to maximize your financial compensation.

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Motel and Hotel Injuries

When you put your head against the pillow at night, you need to know you’re safe. Unfortunately, hotels and motels are among the most common sites for premises liability cases. Common problems include:

  • Inadequate security
  • Defective door locks
  • Fires
  • Dangerous chemicals or fumes
  • Stairway/stairwell injuries
  • Loose or broken railing on balconies
  • Toxic exposure
  • Slip and fall
  • Gym accidents/exercise equipment injuries

Shopping Mall Injuries

Shopping malls may be on the decline nationwide, but they remain a popular place for recreation and commerce here in Indiana. These buildings are very large and make a lot of money. The owners have a responsibility to thoroughly inspect and secure the property. Common problems in shopping malls include:

  • Escalator accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Fires
  • Assault or battery
  • Negligent security
  • Assault by private security guards (“mall cops”)
  • Auto accidents in mall parking lots
  • Slip and fall
  • Food poisoning (at food courts or restaurants)

Bar and Nightclub Injuries

Alcohol can make any situation more dangerous. In addition to the kinds of property conditions that can cause peril anywhere, bars and night clubs present several specific concerns:

  • Serving too much alcohol
  • Serving alcohol to minors
  • Fights or brawls
  • Pyrotechnic accidents
  • Slip and fall
  • Sexual assault
  • Weapons use
  • Accidents in alleyways behind the bar
  • Fires
  • Failing to respond to known problems on a property, such as criminal activity, gangs, drug use, etc.

Café and Restaurant Injuries

Restaurants must abide by strict regulations, which cover everything from food safety to sanitation and building integrity. Nevertheless, we see many injuries and illnesses arising out of restaurants and cafés in Indiana. These include:

  • Food poisoning
  • Skin burns
  • Serious viral or bacterial infections
  • Serving items to the wrong customers (triggering dangerous allergies)
  • Failure to use protective glass on salad bars and buffets
  • Contamination
  • Hazardous chemical exposure

Apartment Complex Injuries

Indiana landlord-tenant law is protective of apartment renters. In addition to the terms of the lease, landlords must also meet a number of duties imposed upon them by statute, regulation, case law, and common law. Likewise, landlords owe certain duties to visitors and guests on their property — even if those people aren’t tenants. Common safety issues in Indianapolis apartment complexes include:

  • Dog bites and animal attacks
  • Slip and fall
  • Defective railing on balconies
  • Inadequate security
  • Parking garage injuries (see below)
  • Fires
  • Slip and fall
  • Toxic mold

Parking Lot & Parking Garage Injuries

If you’ve ever felt frightened or uncomfortable in a large parking deck, you aren’t alone. The people and companies who own parking complexes must maintain them. This includes keeping them well lit and secured. Even in small, surface-level parking lots, injuries are not uncommon. Premises liability issues related to parking areas include:

  • Car crashes
  • Robbery or burglary
  • Assault or battery
  • Criminal activity
  • Sexual assault
  • Parking garage collapse
  • Flooding
  • Harassment
  • Falling objects
  • Slip and fall

Zoo or Amusement Park Injuries

From small amusement parks to major theme parks and other tourist-oriented sites of interest, an unexpected injury can quickly ruin a day of fun. Injuries in an amusement park can include:

  • Roller coaster injuries
  • Defective carnival ride injuries
  • Falls from heights
  • Slip and fall
  • Food safety issues
  • Wild animal attacks
  • Assault or battery

Movie Theater Injuries

Going to the movies is a national pastime. It is our universal escape to another world. But while these spaces should be magical and secure, they sometimes give rise to accidents. These might include:

  • Burns from hot food (butter, cheese, coffee, etc.)
  • Violent attacks
  • Group fights/brawls
  • Vehicle accidents in the parking lot
  • Falling speakers or other equipment

Swimming Pool Accidents

Water parks and public swimming pools (including hot tubs, jacuzzis, saunas, and spas) present unique hazards:

  • Drowning
  • Inadequate safety signage
  • Negligent lifeguards
  • Negligent security
  • Slip and fall
  • Diving board injuries
  • Water-slide injuries
  • Illness due to excessive chlorine exposure (or other chemicals)
  • Electrocution
  • Failure to adequately sanitize water, facilities, or equipment

FAQ: What if I’m Injured on Public Property?

Victims of injuries on a government-owned property have rights too. These cases can be more difficult, however, because special protections sometimes apply when the defendant is a governmental organization. That said, our firm may still be able to help. Please contact the Indianapolis premises liability attorneys at Eskew Law as soon as possible as time-limited notice requirements may apply.

FAQ: How Much Is a Premises Liability Lawsuit Worth in Indiana?

We can’t tell you exactly how much money you might recover by taking legal action against a property owner, manager, commercial tenant, or landlord — and neither can anyone else. No one knows the future.

Eskew Law can, however, give you a ballpark sense of how much your claim might be worth. To do that, we’ll take a look at the facts surrounding your claim and then look at the outcome of past cases with similar circumstances in Indiana.

At the end of the day, your potential recovery is based on the sum of your damages, which can be much more extensive than you realize. Indiana law allows compensation for:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages due to time away from work
  • Future loss of income
  • Rehabilitation/Therapy expenses
  • Property damage
  • Loss of love and support (in the event of wrongful death)
  • Any other relevant damages

Free Case Review with Our Indianapolis Premises Liability Lawyers

Too often, in an attempt to cut corners and save money, property owners let safety slip through the cracks. Don’t let yourself pay the price for their failures.

If a commercial owner’s negligence has caused injury to you or someone you love, an effective legal representation can make a difference. Decide today that you won’t allow the insurance company to dictate how much you’re worth.

At Eskew Law, you do not have to pay a fee for our services unless we get you money first.

Time matters. Explore your options. Set up a free case review right away by calling 317-974-0177 or contacting us online.