If you or someone close to you has been hurt on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your harm. The Chicago premises liability lawyers at Kurasch & Klein can closely examine the circumstances of your case and determine whether you may have a claim. We are committed to representing people who have sustained injuries due to the failure of a property owner to ensure that their premises were safe for visitors. Our injury attorneys also offer services in Polish and Spanish.Understanding Premises Liability Law in Illinois
Premises liability is a legal concept that requires property owners and managers to ensure that their property is in a reasonably safe condition. It covers many different types of accidents, including slip and falls, elevator and escalator accidents, stairway accidents, animal attacks, restaurant accidents, hotel accidents, retail store accidents, stadium accidents, and mishaps on other properties and structures.
Landowners owe varying duties to visitors on their land, depending on the type of visitor. Visitors may be categorized in one of three ways: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. An invitee is someone who enters the property for business purposes, whereas a licensee is someone who enters for social purposes, such as a guest. A trespasser is someone who enters the land without the landowner’s permission. A landowner owes a duty of care to an invitee or a licensee to fix or warn about any conditions that might pose an unreasonable risk of harm to the invitee or licensee and to protect the invitee or licensee from latent hazards as well. While a landowner may not willfully and wantonly harm a trespasser, the landowner typically has no duty to protect this type of visitor, except in some situations involving children.
Under the Illinois Premises Liability Act, a plaintiff may establish a premises liability claim by proving the following elements:
- A condition existed on the property that presented an unreasonable risk to visitors;
- The landowner knew or should have known that the condition on the property posed an unreasonable risk of harm to visitors;
- The landowner should have anticipated that visitors would fail to identify the hazard or fail to protect themselves from it;
- The landowner failed to protect or warn the victim; and
- The victim was injured as a direct result of the hazardous condition.
Victims of slip and fall accidents may be able to recover damages such as medical expenses, lost income and benefits, disfigurement, disability, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, property damage, and more. Each case is different, and the damages will vary depending on the nature and extent of the injuries sustained by the plaintiff.Contact a Chicago Lawyer for Your Premises Liability Claim
If you have been hurt on someone else’s property, you may have legal rights to assert. In these cases, it is important to act quickly. Our Chicago premises liability attorneys can sue any responsible parties for the compensation that you deserve. We have access to the resources and experts needed to build your case. Kurasch & Klein also represents victims in Naperville, Wheaton, Schaumburg, and communities across Cook County. To set up a free consultation with a personal injury or wrongful death attorney, you can contact us online or call us at 312-372-7250.