When you visit a business, cross a sidewalk or walk down the aisles of a grocery store, you expect a certain level of safety. If that reasonable expectation is betrayed and you are injured, you may have a premises liability case. This kind of claim arises when another person or organization’s negligence contributes to or causes your injury.
Even though the party responsible for your injury may be obvious, premises liability cases are complex. Established laws and ordinances are in place to outline the safety standards that property owners in Illinois must adhere to. Determining which laws apply to you specific claim should be done by the experienced Chicago premises liability attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. Our law firm has 75 years of experience and is dedicated to you, not just your case.
Common Types of Premises Liability Cases
A premises liability claim can happen anywhere at any time. The most common occurrences of these types of claims include:
Slip and fall injuries: if another party’s negligence created an unsafe environment that caused you to slip and fall, you could sustain a number of injuries, from broken bones to spinal cord injuries. A slip and fall can be the result of spills and slick floors, icy or poorly-maintained sidewalks or missing handrails.
Swimming pool accidents: each year, thousands of injuries occur and private and public pools. A lack of supervision, faulty equipment or ignorance for acceptable safety standards can lead to a range of swimming pool accidents, from falls on slippery surfaces and diving board accidents to drowning deaths.
Animal bites: pet owners are responsible for the actions of their pets. If you are bitten by an aggressive dog or other pet, you can sustain severe scarring and disfigurement. The pet owners should be held responsible for your injuries.
Rape and assault: poor lighting, a lack of security or broken locks can enable a perpetrator to attack you. If this occurs in a bar parking lot, hotel parking garage, or apartment complex, that business may be held responsible.
Retail accident: if a display falls or a shelf collapses, you could suffer serious head, neck or back injuries. A store owner or manager must make sure their store does not present a danger to consumers.
Compensation for Your Premises Liability
To hold the property owner liable you must prove either:
- Their actions created a hazardous environment that caused your accident
- They knew about dangerous condition and ignored it
- They failed to properly warn the public about an unsafe situation
A successful premises liability claim could award you damages to cover:
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Pain and suffering (of both you and your family members)
Calling us today will not cost you a dime. You can tell us all the details of your case and the lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. can tell you how we can help. If you live in the Chicago area and believe you have a premises liability case, please contact our office today. We work on a contingency basis, meaning we charge no fee unless we win you money.
If you or a loved one has been hurt, and you need help, please call or email us today or text "Walnerlaw" to 41513 for a FREE consultation.