Photo of Lake County office location

Holding Negligent Property Owners Accountable

Business owners and homeowners have a responsibility to ensure their property is safe for their guests. Failing to meet this obligation can result in guests suffering serious and lifelong injuries. When these injuries happen, it can take a skilled attorney to secure the fair and full compensation the victim needs to cover the costs of their injuries.

At Westland & Bennett P.C. in Northwest Indiana, we offer our clients compassionate and driven representation they can count on during their personal injury claims. Our Indiana and Illinois attorneys help clients throughout the area surrounding our Lake County office with their legal needs. Our experience can be your winning advantage in your personal injury claim, no matter the cause.

Combatting Premises Liability Injuries From Any Cause

There are many different ways that a person can suffer an injury on someone else’s property, and your injury attorney should be experienced enough to help you address the unique needs of your claim. Our history of success in personal injury representation has come from representing clients in personal injury claims related to:

  • Slip-and-falls
  • Defective premises conditions
  • Poor property maintenance
  • Elevator and escalator injuries

One of the key factors in our winning strategies is our case preparation and organization. We take the time to gather the necessary documents that can bolster your claim and secure the settlement you need to help you through your recovery.

Most Common Causes Of Slip-And-Fall Accidents

Slip-and-falls can result from any number of causes. Some of the most common include:

  • Spills or slippery floor surfaces
  • Uneven walkways
  • Cracks, dips or potholes in the walkway
  • Cords or other tripping hazards
  • Unmarked floor transitions
  • Icy sidewalks

Often, negligence on the part of the property owner or caretaker is a contributing factor, since they have a duty to identify and fix slip-and-fall hazards in a timely manner.

Most Common Injuries Caused By Lake County Premises Liability Accidents

Injuries that often result from dangerous property conditions in the Lake County area include:

  • Concussions
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Knee and hip injuries

People most susceptible to falls – such as elders and those with mobility issues – are more likely to suffer serious injuries such as broken hips. Any of these injuries can take a devastating toll on the victim’s life.

Where Are Premises Liability Accidents Most Likely To Occur?

In the Lake County area, there are many places for premises liability accidents to occur:

  • Waterparks
  • Casinos
  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Nightclubs
  • Parking garages
  • Public sidewalks
  • Grocery stores
  • Apartment buildings
  • Hotels
  • Public parks

In addition, many types of premises liability accidents happen on private property. You may have a strong legal claim regardless of where the accident occurred, so long as it involved the negligence of a property owner, caretaker or manager.

Questions To Ask To Determine Fault/Negligence In A Premises Liability Accident

It’s important to know that it’s not your job to determine who was at fault or whether negligence occurred. When you enlist our law firm, we will conduct a thorough investigation and gather all of the evidence necessary to prove liability.

Here are some things we look at in determining fault:

  • Who was responsible for taking care of the property?
  • Was there a system in place for addressing foreseeable hazards like spills and debris in the walkway?
  • Did the property owner know about the dangerous condition? Or should they have reasonably known about it?
  • Did the property owner take any action to fix the hazardous condition?

Our job is to present compelling evidence to show that the property owner (or person responsible for the property) either knew or should have known about the unsafe property condition and that they didn’t adequately address it.

Enlist An Attorney You Can Trust To Stand For You

When someone else’s negligent actions cause you to suffer the costs of major medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering, you deserve someone you can trust to help you maximize the compensation you receive for your injuries.

If you are ready to meet with us to discuss how we can help you recover after a premises liability injury, contact us today by calling 219-809-6670 or emailing us here. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner you can get the compensation you need.