Indiana Premises Liability
Premise Liability is the branch of law that covers an individual if they are injured while on someone else’s property. The injuries encompassed within this body of law are generally due to hazardous conditions, lack of security/supervision, or negligent design. A property owner has the responsibility of maintaining a safe and secure premise at all times. Failure to do so can lead to accidents that in most cases could have been easily prevented. Three of the more prevalent premise liability situations are listed below. If you believe that you or a loved one have suffered injuries while one someone else’s property due to negligence regarding the property or property owner in Indiana, call Duepner Law to discuss your case with one of our qualified attorneys.
Slip and fall injuries are a common occurrence in Indiana and according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) they account for over one million emergency room visits nationwide. They are the leading cause of workers compensation claims and can lead to very serious injuries or even death. Often times property owners are careless and negligent with regards to how they maintain their stairs, sidewalks, parking lots, construction sites, and the overall conditions of their respective premise. That negligence when combined with mitigating factors such as snow, ice, wet floors, uneven pavement and spills can often lead to accidents causing you unnecessary pain, suffering and monetary loss from the inability to work. Know you rights, If your injury is the result of someone else’s negligence you have a right to compensation. A slip and fall premise liability can be complicated by factors such as waivers, contributory negligence, and difficult insurance companies. In order to ensure that your rights are protected, contact Duepner Law today.
Indiana Dog Bites
Duepner Law handles injury cases due to any type of dog bite. Dogs injure and/or kill thousands of people each year across the county and in Indiana. The injuries incurred can be devastating in nature and also lead to long-lasting physical trauma. With dog bites there are higher risks of infection as well as a risk for rabies if a dog has not been properly vaccinated. The severity of injuries can lead to permanent scarring, or perhaps even require a plastic surgeon. In addition to the physical trauma, an animal attack injury can also potentially have lasting psychological effects. In most cases, the victim is familiar with the dog that perpetrates the attack, such as a dog belonging to a neighbor or a family member. Children are often on the receiving end of these attacks and the attacks themselves can lead to permanent injuries, accompanied by pain and suffering that no child should ever have to endure including the fear dogs. All of that is in addition to the medical expenses required to treat such injuries. In 2010, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a study that showed the number of Americans hospitalized for dog bite injuries had almost doubled in a 15 year period. That same study showed that the average cost for a hospital stay due to a dog bite injury was $18.200. That amount is almost 50% higher than other injury related hospital stays.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite in Indiana, call now for a free consultation to speak with an Indiana Attorney.
Indiana Construction Accidents
Due to the nature of the job itself as well as the tools and machinery required, working in construction can be extremely dangerous. Even though construction workers are aware and trained when it comes to these ever present dangers, the unpredictable nature of the job can mean even the most well trained and responsible worker is subject to being injured. Machinery can malfunction, co-workers can be careless, safety equipment can fail, and any one of those can lead to an unforeseen injury. Workers also expect that their employer has observed and implemented all safety precautions, but this is not always the case.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) one out of every ten construction workers are injured every year, with fall hazards being the leading cause of injury. Construction side worker’s compensation claims make up almost 15% of total worker’s compensation costs.
Construction site accidents can be complicated because often times there is more than one company present at the construction site, and this can make it more difficult to determine liability if an accident does occur. If you have been involved in a construction site accident the first step would be to determine what caused your accident and where the fault lies. Due to all of the mitigating factors that can be present in a construction site accident case, only a complete and thorough investigation can determine liability. It’s a potentially daunting process, and the qualified attorneys at Duepner Law are available to help you build your case.