Chicago Premises Liability Lawyers
If you were injured on someone’s property or place of business, you could be able to seek recovery for your injuries through a premises liability claim. Under Illinois law, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. As long as there is evidence that your injury was caused by a hazardous condition, and that the person in possession of the premises knew or should have known the danger existed, your claim has a strong chance to succeed.
It can be hard to gather and organize evidence in a convincing manner, especially when you’re recovering from your injuries. Our Chicago premises liability lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help. From filing your claim with the property occupant’s insurance company, to negotiating with insurance claims adjusters and taking your case to court, we will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Call us today at (312) 236-2900 for a free consultation.
What Do I Need to Prove for my Premises Liability Claim to Succeed?
Whether you are seeking compensation through the insurance claims process or by filing a lawsuit in civil court, the same legal concepts apply. For your claim to succeed in either venue, you must present evidence that supports the following:
- A dangerous condition existed on the premises
- The person, corporation, or organization in possession or control of the premises knew or should have known of the dangerous condition
- The party in possession or control of the premises failed to use reasonable care to discover, prevent, or warn visitors of the danger
- As a result of this failure to use reasonable care, you suffered an injury
A dangerous condition can take many forms, such as a rotten plank on a walkway, a loose handrail, slippery floors, or ice in front of a doorway. But when the danger is open and obvious, you may be barred from recovering. For example, if you trip on a sidewalk in front of a business, a court might deny you compensation because the danger was open and obvious.
But this is where a lawyer’s advocacy can make a difference. In a recent Illinois case that was heard in the State Supreme Court, personal injury lawyers argued that their client tripped on a sidewalk because she was looking at the entrance of the defendant’s business. The court concluded that the sidewalk was not an open and obvious danger because the plaintiff was legitimately distracted.
Another way you might be denied or offered reduced compensation is if your own negligence contributed to your injuries. The occupiers of a property have a duty to prevent hazards from injuring guests, but they do not have a duty to prevent any type of injury from happening on the premises. For example, if you’re in a supermarket and you decide to have a shopping cart race with a friend, you will likely be liable for any injuries you receive or cause.
What Kinds of Premises Liability Cases Do Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Handle?
Our Chicago premises liability attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. have years of experience dealing with premises liability cases. With our deep understanding of Illinois personal injury law and dedication to our clients, we can help you get the compensation you deserve in the following types of cases:
- Slip and Fall Accidents – Stores and businesses have a duty to keep their floors safe from spills and obstructions, or at least to clearly warn of any danger.
- Dog Bites and Animal Attacks – If the animal belonging to the occupant or owner of a property attacks you, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.
- Child Care Negligence – Few things are harder to deal with than an injury to your child. If your child was injured in a day care center or school, you may have a premises liability case.
- Negligent Security and Dangerous Situations – Businesses have a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent criminals from attacking guests to customers, such as ensuring that parking areas are well lit and keeping the premises secure.
- Defective Stairway Accidents – The people in control of a building or property have a duty to maintain any stairways in a safe condition, or to make it clear to visitors that they are dangerous.
- Swimming Pool Accidents – Swimming areas must be properly maintained and attended so that visitors–especially children–do not get injured.
- Elevator and Escalator Accidents – Retail and commercial establishments must ensure that poorly maintained or installed elevators and escalators do not injure guests or customers.
- Snow and Ice Injuries – The owners or occupants of buildings have a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent falling snow or ice accumulation to injure visitors.
- Mold Exposure – Landlords have a duty to prevent serious mold growth that might harm tenants. If you’re facing health issues because of mold in your apartment, you may have a premises liability case against the property owner.
- Workers Compensation and Premises Liability – Workers compensation and premises liability are different tracks to recovering compensation for an injury caused by dangerous conditions in a place of employment, or a place that you are visiting as a customer or contractor.
How Our Chicago Premises Liability Lawyers Can Help
Our Chicago premises liability lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. have the legal experience and dedication to help pursue damages for your case. If you’re worried about whether you can afford the costs of our top-notch legal representation, we only charge a fee once you recover a settlement or a damages award from a court.