Premises liability is a type of personal injury, which occurs at someone else’s home or business. Residential and commercial property owners have a legal responsibility for maintaining safe premises. As a guest at a business or home, you have a right to expect that the property is safe and well maintained. If visitors or the general public are injured due to hazardous conditions, owners may be held liable. A property owner is not liable solely because an injury occurred on his property. To have grounds for a premises liability claim, you will have to prove:
- the owner or an employee created the hazard that caused the injury,
- the owner was aware of the dangerous condition, or
- the hazard existed long enough for the owner to have learned of, and had a change to correct the problem, in the course of periodic property inspection and maintenance.
Premises liability claims may arise from a variety of causes such as
- Wet or icy sidewalks
- Defective or inadequate lighting
- Missing handrails
- Negligent security
- Negligent storage of toxic substances
- Defective design
- Unsupervised swimming pools
- Falling objects
If you are involved in a premises liability accident, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income and other damages. As with all personal injuries, Illinois law limits the time you have to file a premises liability claim. You should contact an attorney as soon after your injury as possible to protect your right to recover damages.
At Ambrose Butzen Law Group we have decades of experience representing injured clients throughout the Chicago metro area, including the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will.