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Understanding Premises Liability in Illinois

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premises liability, accident liability, Illinois Personal Injury AttorneyThe activities of everyday life regularly take people onto property owned by other parties or entities many times each day. Whether it is a day at work, a trip to the grocery store, a visit to a friend's house, or a ride on public transportation, very little thought is typically given to who owns the property and who may be responsible for its upkeep – until an accident happens. When an injury-causing accident occurs outside of the victim's home, the ownership and maintenance of the property suddenly take on entirely new importance. Premises liability laws in most states, including Illinois, often hold negligent owners financial responsible for preventable injuries occurring on their property.

Common Types of Premises Liability Accidents

There are a wide variety of accidents frequently considered under premises liability statutes, including but not limited to:

  • Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents;
  • Staircase, escalator, and elevator accidents;
  • Falling merchandise or equipment;
  • Dangerous or toxic substance exposure;
  • Inadequate lighting or security; and
  • Dog bites or animal attacks.

In short, premises liability cases can include any type of injury caused directly or indirectly by the action, inaction, or negligence of the party responsible for maintaining property safety.

Pursuing a Premises Liability Case

An injury occurring on the property of another does not make the owner liable for the injuries by default. Instead, Illinois law requires that a victim seeking liability compensation must be able to demonstrate:

  • The owner or occupier of the property knew, or reasonably should have known, of the existence of the injuring-causing hazard;
  • The owner or occupier of the property failed to act, or acted improperly in preventing injuries related to the hazard;
  • The owner or occupier of the property should have expected the injured party would not be aware of the hazard, or would not be able to protect himself or herself from it; and
  • The foreseeability and the likelihood of the accident by a reasonable person.

Qualified Legal Representation

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, or any other type of premises liability incident, contact an experienced Will County personal injury attorney today. At The Law Offices of Cosmo Tedone and Barbara Morton, P.C., our team is dedicated to helping you fight for the compensation you need to put your life back together.

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