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Our Premises Liability Lawyers Fight For You

Your premises accident is unique to you, but you’ll face the same situation other victims face: paying for expenses after the accident. There will be medical bills, you might have to update your home for mobility purposes, and it’s likely you suffered mental anguish.

If your injuries are severe enough, you might not be able to work, and with your expenses piling up, you might question how you’ll pay your bills while you physically recover. Thankfully, under Illinois negligence laws, you can recover damages through a personal injury claim.

Property owners have a duty of care to protect visitors from preventable hazards or injuries. Working with the right premises liability lawyer can secure the compensation you deserve. The Staver team can help you prove your accident was a result of someone’s negligence, calculate your losses, and file your premises liability claim.

If the liable party refuses to pay you or make a fair offer, we’ll fight for justice in court. You deserve compensation, and we’re here for your best interests.

Staver Focuses On Your Needs

We Give Your Premises Accident Claim Our Full Attention

Slip and fall accidents might seem minor, and although injuries could be as simple as scrapes or bruises, some cases have resulted in much more severe injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, or even paralysis are possible.

Slip and falls aren’t the only possible premises liability scenario. Other examples include elevator accidents, daycare incidents, defective railings or stairways, or even carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you’ve been hurt in a premises liability accident, do not hesitate to contact the Staver team. We will:

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Investigate Your Accident

We’ll go over your crash details, gather evidence, and identify anyone liable for your injuries during your first consultation. We’ll investigate your accident thoroughly.

Chicago premises liability claims are usually based on negligence. This means that a property owner, manager, or some other party acted unreasonably or failed to act and caused you else harm. We’ll establish negligence under Illinois law to prove that the other driver violated their duty of care and caused your injuries.

Calculate Your Total Damages

Your claim’s value will be based on your injuries and expenses. Factors like your medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering contribute to your possible compensation. We’ll meticulously calculate your out-of-pocket expenses and your non-economic expenses.

You may be able to pursue damages for pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, or emotional distress.

Negotiate a Fair Settlement

We’ll issue a demand letter that gives the insurance company notice of your claim and the damages you’re seeking. We’ll hold them accountable so they can’t make a lowball settlement or deny your claim.

You don’t want to settle a claim too quickly: you might have hidden injuries, or your expenses could be higher than you originally thought.

We Fight for Your Best Interests

Our trial lawyers won’t accept lowball offers that don’t cover all your losses. Most cases settle out of court, but we’ll prepare for that eventuality so that you get the compensation you deserve.

We handle all communication with the insurance company, allowing you to focus on recovery. We keep you informed throughout the process and explain your options clearly.

Don’t wait. Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Establishing Liability in Your Accident Claim

Premises liability attorney Jared Staver explains how to establish liability in your accident claim. The Staver team is dedicated to identifying any liable parties who may have contributed to your accident. We will help you hold them accountable.


Chicago Premises Liability Lawyers

If you or a loved one were hurt in a premises liability accident, you deserve skilled, compassionate representation to ensure you get the maximum settlement possible. The Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., are located downtown in the Republic Bank Building next to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Call us to schedule your free initial consultation.

120 W Madison St Ste 400
Chicago, IL 60602-4177

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Why Work with Staver

Staver Knows How to Win Premises Liability Claims

We have Proven Results

We’ve recovered millions for accident victims in Chicago. We’re recognized among the top 100 trial lawyers of America — we’re tough opponents and we fight for our clients.

We are Client-Focused

We put your needs first. We know that a premises accident can disrupt your life. We’re here to give your concerns a voice so that insurance adjusters take notice and fewer people suffer in the future. Our 4.95-star Google rating proves that.

We are Experienced & Respected

Our award-winning attorneys are leaders in premises liability law.

We are Aggressive Negotiators

We fight for your maximum compensation. We won’t stand for lowball offers. We won’t back down or let you be bullied into taking a smaller settlement than what you need to recover from your injuries.

We Don’t Charge Upfront Fees

We only get paid if you win.



  • Joel, a Chicago attorney himself, was rear-ended on the expressway by a cab driver. The car accident left him with low back injuries, including a bulging disc.
  • This impacted his ability to maneuver around and go about his day-to-day life. Joel called Jared, who was able to contact the insurance adjuster and make sure his rights were addressed.
  • Staver Accident Injury Lawyers was able to win the full limits of the insurance policy for Joel to cover his medical bills and physical therapy.

Great service, was to the point, when things looked bad it got better. They had patience when I did not. I'm truly happy and recommend them to those in need.

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We Get Results in Chicago Premises Liability Claims

Our Chicago premises liability accident attorneys fight every day for our clients hurt in crashes. We’ve handled all kinds of premises liability accidents. We’ve helped good people deal with their catastrophic injuries and helped them recover millions in compensation.

We’ve made thousands heard, and we’ll do it for you, too.

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Award-Winning Accident Attorneys Working for You

Our awards are a testament to our ability to help you like we’ve helped our clients. With each new award, we cement our position as leaders in helping Chicago’s premises accident victims.

Our business rating speaks to our commitment to our clients. Our position in the top 100 trial lawyers in America shows we’re tough opponents fighting for our clients.

Our Recognition & Reputation Speaks Volumes

Jared Staver: Named 2024 SuperLawyer
Tyler Kobylski: Named 2024 SuperLawyer
Paul Ciesielski: Super Lawyers Rising Star
Patrick Gill: Super Lawyers Rising Star
Melanie Buckmaster: Super Lawyers Rising Star
Better Business Bureau A+ Rating
American Association of Personal Injury Attorneys
The AV Peer Rating
Top 100 Trial Lawyers of America
The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Attorney & Practice Magazine's Top 10 Personal Injury Law Firm

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Chicago Premises Liability Laws

Learn More About Premises Liability Laws in Chicago, IL

When you’re visiting a business or establishment, you have a reasonable expectation of safety. You might not expect a slip and fall or to encounter some hazard that injures you.

When that happens, you can pursue compensation. Following these tips can preserve your damages claim.

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Don’t forget the Personal Injury Statute of Limitations for Injury Claims

If you’ve been hurt while on someone else’s property, you have two years to file a claim. Although this sounds like plenty of time, memories and evidence can fade quickly. The longer you wait after a premises accident, the bigger challenge you’ll face to recover compensation.

Working with a lawyer sooner rather than later gives you more time to preserve evidence and collect statements.

Available Compensation for Losses & Damages in Premises Liability Claims

Under Illinois personal injury laws, you can seek compensation when someone’s negligent behavior hurts you. You can seek monetary and non-monetary damages after a premises accident. Calculating your claim’s value takes careful consideration.

Your monetary damages can be found relatively easily. You can prove these losses with the right documentation. They can include:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Diminished earning capacity

Non-monetary damages are more challenging to calculate. These conceptual losses can include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Disfigurement and scarring

It’s possible to seek punitive damages in some circumstances. These are typically ordered in extreme situations when the defendant was especially reckless or negligent.

What are the Elements of Negligence?

In personal injury cases, someone is negligent when they fail to behave in a way that a reasonable person would have in the same situation. Either they behaved recklessly, or they failed to act, and someone was hurt because of that.

To win your insurance claim, you’ll need to prove the defendant was negligent by showing:

  • Duty of care: the defendant had a responsibility to act safely.
  • Breach of care: the defendant failed their responsibility and acted recklessly.
  • Harm to the plaintiff: this breach caused your accident.
  • The Defendant knew they could cause harm: you must prove that the defendant should have known they could injure you.
  • The Defendant directly caused you harm: you must show the jury that your accident wouldn’t have happened if not for the defendant’s actions.

Landowners Have Duties

These are a landowner’s obligations to visitors.

  • An invitee is on the property because of an invitation from the owner.
  • A licensee is on the property with the permission of the owner.

A landowner is obligated to take reasonable steps to protect these visitors from harm. A landowner is not obligated to protect a trespasser from harm. However, they may not intentionally cause harm to a trespasser.

What Evidence Helps My Premises Liability Case?

To make your case, you’ll need various evidence that the property owner acted recklessly and you suffered as a result. This usually includes bills, photographs, or expert testimony.

For example, to prove that you experienced pain and suffering in a slip and fall or dog bite, testimony from your doctor about your limited mobility and facial scarring will be helpful. Keeping a diary or a ‘day in the life’ video showing how the accident affected your life could be effective too.

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Chicago Premises accident FAQs

FAQs About Premises Liability Claims in Chicago

Can I Get Compensation for a Slip and Fall?

Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common premises liability claims.

These claims are often related to property not well maintained or ice and snow. If the property owner was negligent, then you can win money to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Who Should I Notify About a Dangerous Property?

If you were hurt on someone else’s property, you should immediately call a Chicago premises liability lawyer. However, you can also notify Chicago 311 about building violations by calling 3-1-1 or using their online forms.

If the dangerous property is public housing, you may notify the Chicago Housing Authority as well.

Why Is Medical Treatment Important After an Injury on Someone’s Property?

If you are injured on someone else’s property, you will likely make a personal injury claim through their insurance company. Insurance companies need proof of injuries and medical treatment will provide that proof. It’s important to seek emergency medical treatment as well as continued care so the insurance company will see the severity of your injuries.

You can receive emergency medical care at any ER or urgent care location, such as Chicago Urgent Care, which has many locations throughout the city.

What is An Attractive Nuisance?

While premises liability typically does not apply to trespassers, exceptions could apply to children if they’re trespassing. Property owners may be liable if a child trespasses and gets hurt on the property by something that would “wow” children and encourage them to trespass.

These “attractive nuisances” could be anything that a child would want to interact with. A variety of things could make a child want to trespass. Pools, hot tubs, playground equipment, construction projects, or other attractions need special consideration from property owners to limit access.

What if My Insurance Claim Was Denied?

If your insurance claim was denied, the insurer should have told you why, in writing. You should contact a Chicago premises accident attorney and give them this information so they can advise you on how to appeal the claim.

You may be able to appeal the denied claim with the insurer or pursue compensation through a lawsuit.

What if My Loved One Died in a Premises Liability Accident?

If another driver killed your loved one, you may have a valid wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims are somewhat different than typical personal injury lawsuits; however, you can still win compensation for the death of your relative.

Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, you may be able to get money to cover medical expenses, property damage, funeral and burial expenses, estate administration expenses, and more.


Is There a Premises Liability Lawyer Near Me?

We cover the whole of the Chicagoland area: Chicago, Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Naperville, Joliet, Waukegan.

What Staver Offers You

Work with Staver for More Money, Faster

We understand you’re under financial pressure. After a Chicago premises liability accident, you’ll need a substantial settlement to cover your expenses, including non-monetary damages like pain and suffering.

That’s where Staver steps in. Let us strengthen your accident claim and pursue EVERYTHING you’re owed.

Jared Staver
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Attorney Jared Staver

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