Our Chicago Premises Liability Attorneys Help People Who Are Injured on Another Person’s Property
If you are a guest in someone else’s home, a shopper at a retail store, or a visitor in a public space, you have a right to expect that no serious accidents will occur as the result of the negligence or recklessness of the property’s owner. Anyone who owns a store, hotel, parking lot, or other building or property has a duty and responsibility to provide a safe atmosphere. “Premises liability” laws in Illinois cover any injury caused through the negligence of a property owner, and it’s important to understand your rights under these laws if you’ve been hurt.
The Chicago premises liability attorneys with Lane & Lane, LLC, have successfully brought many victims of negligent property owners the compensation they need and deserve. Our lawyers meet with injury victims free of charge, and accept no attorneys’ fees unless and until our clients receive a settlement or verdict. If you or a family member has been hurt, don’t hesitate to contact us to set up a free case review.
The Owner of a Property Has the Responsibility to Keep It in Good Condition
Slips, falls, and other accidents can result in very serious injuries, which property owners can be held financially responsible for if they failed to provide a safe environment. However, property owners owe different levels of responsibility to people using their land or establishments, depending on the legal category of the person in question. The law recognizes three main categories:
In Illinois, the laws are different for each of the above groups, and it can be difficult to determine exactly who was responsible for what happened. There can be confusing questions about what the property owner “should” have known about, what kinds of actions are considered “reasonable,” what kinds of maintenance or safety standards were appropriate, and more. This is why it is important, if serious injuries are involved, to at least talk over the details with an experienced legal representative who can provide clear answers.
Injuries on Private Property
Owners of private property, whether homeowners or landlords, have some duty to make sure their properties are safe and appropriately maintained, and they can be held responsible for injuries if they fail to do so. This might include situations where guests or residents are injured in:
- Apartment buildings
- Office buildings
- Yards, decks, and other privately owned outdoor areas
- Swimming pools
However, even when very seriously injured, some people are hesitant to file a personal injury claim when they are acquainted with the property owner. If you are concerned, it is important to note that your friend or neighbor will not be paying your claim out of pocket. That’s what insurance is for, and you will be compensated by his or her homeowner’s insurance policy if your claim is successful.
Injuries on Commercial Property
Because the people on commercial properties are there primarily to purchase goods and services or benefit of the property owner, commercial owners have a considerable responsibility to keep their premises safe. Property owners must inspect their property for potential dangers and then either fix the problem in a reasonable amount of time or adequately warn the public of the dangers. If they do not, they can be liable for any injuries that may result. These laws might apply when people are hurt due to negligence in:
- Retail stores
- Shopping malls
- Grocery stores
- Big box retailers
- Hotels and motels
Injuries on Public Property
Similarly, government or public properties should be reasonably maintained and safe for visitors. Negligent parties may have to pay medical bills and expenses for people who are hurt in:
- Railroad stations
- Streets and sidewalks
- Construction sites
Types of Premises Liability Cases
Regardless of what type of property or injury is involved, property owners are liable for all injuries incurred because of hazards associated with their property. There are all sorts of ways in which you can, through no fault of your own, be injured on the property of another person. The Chicago premises liability attorneys of Lane & Lane, LLC, represent people in all types of cases, including:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Lack of regular maintenance and inspection
- Lack of supervision or security
- Inadequate lighting
- Asbestos exposure and mesothelioma
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Escalator and elevator accidents
- Falling objects, precarious merchandise, and hanging hazards
- Carbon monoxide leaks
- Improper handling of ice, snow, spills, and other slippery conditions
- Electric shock due to exposed electric wiring
- Flooring problems and obstructed walkways
- Lack of warning signage, handrails, and other safety precautions
- Improperly stored guns and firearms
- Absent or broken smoke alarms
- Injuries or death caused by providing alcohol to minors
Your Injuries Must Have Been Caused by the Owner’s Recklessness or Negligence
Keep in mind, too, that there is a difference between a legally actionable claim of premises liability and just an unfortunate accident that a property owner is not liable for. If you get hurt because you did not act in a reasonable manner or take reasonable precautions, the owner generally can’t be held responsible. In order to have a viable claim, you will have to demonstrate that:
- You were not inebriated or on drugs at the time of the accident.
- You paid attention to posted warning signs.
- You did not venture into a part of the property to which you were not granted access.
- You exercised good judgment immediately preceding the accident.
- You were reasonably aware of your immediate surroundings.
Even if you were only partially responsible for your own injuries, your claim for damages will be greatly weakened if you engaged in dangerous or reckless behavior. If you have any questions about whether or not you have a viable premises liability claim, we encourage you to reach out to us to discuss your case.
Want to Know If You Have a Potential Premises Liability Claim? Call Lane & Lane Today
Not all accidents are legally the responsibility of the property owner—and it can be a waste of money to hire a lawyer, file the paperwork, appoint an independent investigator, and go through all the steps if your case isn’t viable. Additionally, it is already difficult to successfully pursue a legitimate personal injury case arising from premises liability, since the owners and insurance companies often attempt to minimize their responsibility.
Lawyers who are educated in Illinois premises liability claims can easily pinpoint whether or not the owner or managers of a property neglected a certain standard of safety. An experienced attorney will determine if a premises liability claim should be filed in order to compensate the victim for damages arising from physical injury. And, maybe most importantly, an experienced attorney will help victims understand their rights and fight for what they deserve.
If you have questions about an injury you sustained on another person’s property in Illinois, call our skilled premises liability lawyers today at 888-484-9881.