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Chicago Premises Liability Lawyer

Chicago Premises Liability Lawyer

In Chicago, like all big cities, accidents can occur on various types of properties, ranging from commercial establishments to residential buildings. When these accidents result from unsafe conditions or negligent maintenance, injured individuals may have grounds for a premises liability claim.

A Chicago premises liability lawyer plays a crucial role in helping victims navigate the legal process and seek compensation for their injuries.

What Does This Area of the Law Refer To?

Premises liability refers to the legal responsibility of property owners or occupiers to maintain safe conditions on their premises and prevent foreseeable accidents. Under Illinois law, property owners owe a duty of care to individuals who lawfully enter their property, such as customers, guests, and tenants.

Per the Illinois Premises Liability Act, this duty includes addressing known hazards, conducting regular inspections, and taking reasonable precautions to prevent injuries. When property owners fail to fulfill this duty and someone is injured as a result, they may be held liable for negligence.

Types of Accidents Occurring on Others’ Premises

Premises liability accidents can occur in various settings, from retail stores and restaurants to apartment complexes and public parks.

Some examples of these incidents include:

  • Slip and fall accidents: These incidents often occur due to hazards such as wet floors, uneven surfaces, loose carpeting, or inadequate lighting. Property owners have a duty to promptly address these hazards and warn visitors of potential dangers.
  • Trip and fall accidents: Incidents like these can result from obstacles or hazards in walkways, such as loose cables, debris, or uneven pavement. Property owners must maintain clear pathways and remove hazards that could cause individuals to trip and fall.
  • Negligent security incidents: Inadequate security measures can lead to assaults, robberies, or other violent incidents on commercial properties. Property owners may be liable for failing to provide adequate lighting, security cameras, or security personnel to deter criminal activity.
  • Dog bites: Dog owners have a responsibility to control their pets and prevent them from causing harm to others. If a dog attacks and injures someone on the owner’s property or in a public place, the owner may be held liable for the victim’s injuries.
  • Swimming pool accidents: Property owners with swimming pools must take precautions to prevent drowning accidents, such as installing fences, gates, and safety alarms. Failure to maintain a safe pool environment can result in tragic consequences for visitors.

Proving Liability in Premises Liability Cases

To prevail when filing such a claim, the injured party must demonstrate that the property owner was negligent in maintaining safe conditions on the premises. This typically involves proving the following elements:

  • Duty of care: The property owner owed a duty of care to the injured party, either as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser.
  • Breach of duty: The property owner breached their duty of care by failing to address known hazards or by allowing unsafe conditions to exist on the property.
  • Causation: The hazardous condition directly caused the plaintiff’s injuries, and the injuries were foreseeable.
  • Damages: The plaintiff suffered actual damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related losses.

Importance of Legal Representation

Navigating your claim can be complex, especially when dealing with insurance companies and legal defenses raised by property owners. Hiring a skilled Chicago premises liability lawyer is essential for protecting your rights and pursuing fair compensation for your injuries.

An experienced attorney from Thomas Law Offices can level the playing field and increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in your premises liability claim.

What Does an Attorney Do in Property Injury Cases?

A premises liability lawyer specializes in representing individuals who have been injured on someone else’s property due to unsafe conditions or negligent maintenance.

Here’s an overview of what a premises liability attorney does:

Legal Consultation

Lawyers offer legal consultations to individuals who have been injured on someone else’s property. During the consultation, the lawyer will assess the details of the case, including how the injury occurred, the extent of the injuries, and the liability of the property owner.

Investigation & Analysis

After taking on a premises liability case, the attorney conducts a thorough investigation to gather evidence supporting the injured party’s claim.

This may involve reviewing accident reports, obtaining witness statements, inspecting the accident scene, and collecting any available surveillance footage or photographs.

Based on the evidence gathered, your lawyer then analyzes the legal aspects of the case to determine liability. They assess whether the property owner breached their duty of care by failing to maintain safe conditions on the premises or warn visitors of potential hazards.

Negotiation

In many cases like these, a lawyer will attempt to negotiate a settlement with the property owner’s insurance company or legal representatives. They will advocate on behalf of the injured party to secure fair compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Litigation & Advocacy

If a fair settlement can’t be reached through negotiation, the attorney may proceed to litigation (taking legal action) by filing a lawsuit in civil court. Throughout the litigation process, they will represent the injured party in court proceedings, including pre-trial motions, discovery, depositions, and trial.

Whether negotiating a settlement or presenting a case in court, a premises liability attorney serves as a strong advocate for their client’s rights and interests. They work diligently to ensure that the injured party receives the compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses.

Legal Guidance

Throughout the legal process, your lawyer provides guidance and support to the injured party, answering questions, addressing concerns, and keeping them informed of developments in your case. They strive to alleviate any stress and uncertainty associated with pursuing a premises liability claim.

Overall, a lawyer plays a critical role in helping you navigate the legal complexities and seek justice for your injuries.

By leveraging their legal expertise and advocacy skills, attorneys work tirelessly to hold negligent property owners accountable and secure favorable outcomes for you.

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property due to negligent conditions, don’t hesitate to seek legal help. A Chicago premises liability lawyer can provide the guidance and advocacy you need to pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

By holding negligent property owners accountable, you not only seek justice for yourself but also help prevent similar negligence and resulting accidents from happening to others in the future.

Remember, you have rights as an injured victim, and legal representation can make all the difference in your case. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let’s discuss your liability claim.

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Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

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