Premises Liability Attorney
Illinois Premises Liability Lawyers Serving Injured Clients
Illinois premises liability lawyers help with your premises liability concerns. “Premises liability” is just a fancy way of phrasing the liability that results when you are injured on someone else’s property due to the owner’s oversight and failure to keep the property safe for you and others.
The quintessential premises liability case is the slip and fall that occurs, for example, at a mall or in a restaurant. However, premises liability actions actually cover a broad array of injuries that occur on property that is not your own, from your landlord failing to maintain proper security measures at your apartment building to the dog that bit you when you were invited over to your neighbor or friend’s house.
Other possible causes of premises liability injuries include poor lighting, trees and other shrubbery that are not properly maintained, construction materials left lying around, broken railings or staircases, open ditches, hazardous conditions in the workplace, unsanitary conditions at a hospital, and more. Every year, a number of these conditions lead to serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, spinal injuries, and in some cases, permanent disabilities, an inability to return to work, and death.
At Owaynat Law, our mission is to provide the very best in legal advice, guidance, and representation to any and all injury victims here in Illinois. If you or a loved one was injured due to a hazardous or negligent condition on someone else’s property, contact us today to discuss your options and how best to move forward on the road to recovery.
What is Necessary to Bring a Premises Liability Claim in Illinois?
Keep in mind that simply because you slipped at the mall, for example, this does not automatically mean that you have a strong premises liability claim. Under the law, the property owner and/or responsible party also needs to have been put on notice that there was a dangerous condition present, or you and your attorney must successfully argue that they should have known and addressed the issue that gave rise to your injury.
A number of factors are weighed in an effort to determine responsibility here, including how long the hazardous condition existed, whether it had been an issue for the property owner before, etc. Like any other personal injury claim, in order for your premises liability claim to be successful, you must also prove that:
- The responsible party owed you the duty of acting in a reasonably prudent manner such that you would not be harmed;
- The at-fault party “breached” this reasonable duty (i.e. failed to exercise reasonable care);
- This breach resulted in your injuries or wrongful death; and
- You suffered damages as a result.
What About Falling on Public Sidewalks?
Perhaps the most common slip and fall crash that occurs in cities and other areas is one caused by uneven sidewalks, cracks, and other unsafe conditions, such as ice, that cause people to fall and hurt themselves. While it can be more complicated to sue a government entity, such as a city that failed to properly keep a public sidewalk safe, an experienced attorney can help tailor your case to the particular facts of what happened, regardless of who is at fault.
What to do if You sustained injuries from a fall in Illinois
Even if you think you are fine, seek medical attention. Remember that there are medical conditions that can take days to manifest, and you want to make sure that any injuries are documented immediately after the crash so that no claim can be made that they are unrelated to the crash.
Never sign anything or engage in any activities that could be interpreted as relieving the responsible property owner/party of fault. One of your first steps—after ensuring that you receive medical attention, of course—is to also engage in a legal FREE CONSULTATION with a personal injury attorney to find out if you have a case, what your options are, and what is the best way to move forward in order to accomplish your goals.
You never want to negotiate directly with the responsible party’s insurance company, as the bottom line, for all insurance companies, is always to minimize payout.
Our Illinois Premises Liability Lawyers are Here for You
At Owaynat Law, our mission is to provide the very best in legal advice, guidance, and representation to personal injury victims here in Illinois. We are ready to help you recover full damages to compensate you for any losses you have suffered, as well as aggressively work to achieve justice on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to someone else’s negligence here in Illinois, speak with one of our experienced Illinois personal injury attorneys today by calling (773) 645-9997 or fill this form to schedule an appointment.