Premises liability, otherwise known as “slip and fall” is when dangerous or hazardous conditions are present on a piece of property that causes serious injury or death. Property owners have a responsibility to those who enter onto their property to ensure that their building, be it a business or a home, complies with all building codes and safety standards. Buildings that are not up to code are inherently unsafe and should someone become injured because of dangerous conditions in a building, the property owner can be held liable.
A person’s status when they enter a property can mean the difference between a valid and an invalid premises liability claim. Typically, if someone trespasses on someone else’s property, the property owner is not liable for any injuries that the trespasser sustains while in that business or home. A landowner will owe more responsibility to a “licensee” or someone who is invited onto the property. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, it would be in your best interest to consult a premises liability attorney. They will be able to help you determine your status and whether or not your injury claim is valid.
In some cases, a third party may be held responsible for injuries sustained while on a premises. This happens when an accident involves a commercial property such as a retail store. Many times, a commercial property owner will place the responsibility of maintaining safety standards on the lessee. When this happens, a premises liability lawsuit will be directed at the property owner.
Should you find yourself injured on government owned property, you will need to contact an experienced Illinois premises liability lawyer right away. The state laws and regulations that pertain to government owned property are strict and highly complex. Depending on the circumstances of your slip and fall injury as well as the state’s statutes of limitations, you may have a limited time to file a claim. You may be required to go through several steps before your claim can be processed as well. Your attorney will be able to help you properly file all paperwork.
Injuries that can occur from a slip and fall, no matter where they happen, can range from minor bruises to serious bodily harm. Some injuries that may be sustained include broken bones, lacerations, damage to internal organs, spinal cord injury and head trauma.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income if your injuries prevented you from working, as well as other damages. E. Ryan Bradley has years of experience and has handled a wide variety of these types of cases. He understands the financial challenges that an injury of this type can impose on a family and will represent you to the best of our ability so that you can get the compensation you deserve to move forward. To learn more about your legal rights, call 312.252.1488.
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