Premises Liability and Negligence

What is premises liability?

The concept of premises liability means that owners and occupiers of property are legally responsible for accidents and personal injuries that occur at their homes or businesses.

Under Illinois premises law, there are several types of accidents and personal injuries that belong to the category of premises liability:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Sports-related injuries
  • School-related injuries
  • Wrongful death
  • Construction site accidents
  • Drowning
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals or other harmful substances
  • Explosions
  • Animal attacks
  • Electrocution

Premises liability accidents can be caused by many factors, including failure to provide proper security measures and poor maintenance of buildings and facilities, or premises negligence.

What does Illinois law say about premises liability?

A property owner or occupier must take reasonable steps to ensure their property is safe so an injury does not occur. In certain cases, the property owner or occupier must warn people on their property of any dangerous conditions.

Some people who are injured on someone else’s property do not realize they may be able to receive monetary compensation for their pain, suffering and emotional distress, disability and disfigurement, as well as to help cover medical costs and lost income.

For example, property owners may be held liable for criminal assault or animal attacks that occur on the premises.

Victims must file a claim within a specified time period after the accident, which varies depending on the situation. For this reason, it is advisable to contact an experienced premises liability injury lawyer as soon as possible after an incident.

How do you know if you qualify for a premises liability lawsuit?

If you have suffered a personal injury on a property other than your own, you may want to consider filing a premises claim. For example, students who are injured while on school property may be eligible for a personal injury lawsuit if they can show the school or university failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the accident.

In 2000, a Northern Illinois University (NIU) Evans Scholar was killed during a confrontation on campus. Jeff Kroll represented the student’s family, who was awarded a $3 million verdict .

People who are injured while at a construction site may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit. Jeff Kroll secured a $6.8 million settlement on behalf of a woman who was paralyzed from the waist down after falling through an unsecured hole at home that was under construction in northwest Indiana.

Kroll, a Chicago accident attorney, recently won a verdict over a million dollars for an individual who suffered a personal injury in a slip-and-fall accident at a public train station.

In addition to these cases, each injury attorney at Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll has fought for and won numerous million-dollar settlements and verdicts in other premises liability cases.

If you would like more information about how to proceed with a premises liability lawsuit, please fill out the consultation form or call us at (312) 676-7222. A personal injury attorney in Chicago will be able to consider your particular situation and help you decide whether to file a personal injury and/or wrongful death claim.

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