Champaign County Premises Liability Lawyer
When we go onto someone else’s property, we expect some degree of safety. We don’t expect to get seriously injured by slipping and falling or getting into some other accident.
But accidents happen. They can happen any time you go outside, whether it be in a
grocery store, restaurant, parking lot, bank, hotel, amusement park, government-owned property, or anywhere else.
These are called premises liability claims and they can be complicated to prove. Under the law, the property owner must have been aware of the dangerous condition in order for the injured victim to file a claim and obtain compensation. Get the help you need from a Champaign County premises liability lawyer from Patel Law, PC.
Illinois Premises Liability Laws
Illinois law allows those who are injured due to a dangerous condition at another person’s home or business to bring about a premises liability claim. These claims allow victims to obtain compensation for any damages they have suffered.
Under the law, property owners must maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition and exercise reasonable care to prevent guests from getting injured. This means that property owners must either use reasonable care to detect and repair dangerous conditions on the premises or provide guests and visitors with a warning of known dangers.
If a guest or visitor is injured on another person’s property, in order to obtain compensation for their damages, they must prove that:
- A dangerous condition existed on the premises.
- The property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition.
- The property owner failed to use reasonable care to discover the condition, fix it, or warn others.
- The guest or visitor suffered an injury due to the dangerous condition.
A dangerous condition is usually quite clear. It can be anything that is likely to cause an injury, such as broken stairs, slippery floors, or a dark parking lot. In any case, property owners have a duty to remedy these situations and make the premises safe.
Types of Premises Liability Cases
When most people think of premises liability cases, slips and falls come to mind. While they are the most common type of accident, they are not the only ones. Other premises liability accidents include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Snow, ice, and other weather conditions
- Cracked or uneven floors or walkways
- Broken stairs
- Unsecured shelves
- Dangerous chemicals and fumes
- Inadequate lighting
- Inadequate maintenance
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Chemical spills
- Water leaks
- Dog bites
- Amusement park accidents
- Drownings and other swimming pool accidents
- Assaults and other crimes
Contact Patel Law, PC Today
Getting injured on someone else’s property can be a frustrating situation. However, not all accidents result in a valid premises liability claim. You will need to prove negligence, which can be challenging to do.
That’s why you need experience on your side. See how the Champaign County premises liability lawyer from Patel Law, PC can help prove your case. A successful claim starts with a free consultation. Get started by calling (217) 384-1111 or filling out the online form.