Common examples of premises liability cases include: slip and falls; dog bites or other animal attacks; exposure to toxic substances; falling objects from store shelves or construction scaffolds; fires; electrocution from exposed wiring; assaults due to negligent security; and failure to mark or identify hazardous conditions.
Under Indiana law, your ability to pursue a premises liability lawsuit will depend on your status as a visitor to the property, and the duty that the owner or occupier owed to you based on that status.
As a visitor, you may fall into 1 of 3 categories – invitee, licensee or trespasser. The property owner owes the highest duty to invitees. The duty owed to invitees is to fix any dangerous condition or warn the invitee about the danger, if not obvious. Property owners owe lesser duties to licensees and trespassers. However, property owners could be liable even for trespassers, for example, by intentionally placing hidden dangers or traps on the property.
Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and punitive damages.
The Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC handles premises liability cases. To learn more, contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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