CHICAGO PREMISES LIABILITY ATTORNEYS

Chicago Slip and Fall Injury Attorney

When many people think of personal injuries, they think surgery gone wrong, medical malpractice, falling on a construction site, getting in a motor vehicle accident, etc. However, any accident that takes place on someone else’s property technically falls under the theory of premises liability or the liability that a landowner faces for certain injuries that take place on their property. These properties may include your neighbor, where you work, or a business location such as a mall or grocery store, etc. Many times, these accidents are known as “slip-and-fall” cases, and they can come with a lot of medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Premises liability covers a broad range of injuries that occur on another’s property. Illinois property owners, business owners and municipalities are required by law to create and maintain a safe environment for visitors and patrons. People are frequently injured while on another’s property, often of an unsafe condition on or about the property.

At Curcio Law Offices, our attorneys have extensive experience in personal injury and premises liability. We aggressively fight for your rights if you have been injured in someone else’s property, and we’ve been fighting these cases since 1957. You can be confident in our representation and ability to help you move on with your life.

Common Liability Causes

Premises liability cases arise whenever someone is injured on another person’s or company’s property. Some common premises liability issues that may lead to litigation include:

  • Slip-and-fall cases (in hotels, grocery stores, restaurants, on sidewalks, etc.)
    Animal bites and attacks
  • Negligent security (includes inadequate lighting, criminal activity, etc.)
  • Falls due to missing or defective handrails alongside stairs, etc.
  • Injuries as a result of failure to comply with building safety and fire codes
  • Construction site accidents (defective ladders, etc.), among others

Slip and Fall Claim FAQs

Premises liability covers a broad range of injuries that occur on another’s property. Illinois property owners, business owners and municipalities are required by law to create and maintain a safe environment for visitors and patrons. People are frequently injured while on another’s property, often of an unsafe condition on or about the property. When these injuries arise, a premises liability claim becomes valid. 

Premises liability and negligence are similar in nature, but they require different criteria. Premises liability involves the duty of land and property owners to use reasonable care when addressing certain hazards that may occur on their property. In some cases, certain claims for premises liability must meet a higher standard of proof than a negligence claim.

A negligence claim involves the negligent activity of a land or property owner. In this case, you must prove that the owner acted in a way that a reasonable person in similar circumstances would not. A premises liability claim, on the other hand, occurs when an owner does not take the necessary measures to reduce or eliminate a potential hazard or risk. The owner must know, or at least should know, about this risk and still failed to exercise their duty to protect visitors or patrons. 

Premises Liability

Premises liability cases arise whenever someone is injured on another person’s or company’s property. Some common premises liability issues that may warrant a lawsuit include:

  • Slip and fall cases 
    • (in hotels, grocery stores, restaurants, on sidewalks, etc.)
  • Animal bites and attacks
  • Negligent security 
    • (includes inadequate lighting, criminal activity, etc.)
  • Falls due to missing or defective handrails alongside stairs, etc.
  • Injuries as a result of failure to comply with building safety and fire codes
  • Construction site accidents 
    • (defective ladders, machinery, etc.)

Negligence Cases

These cases can sometimes be difficult due to the time-sensitive nature of the evidence in some circumstances. The injured party must prove that the property owner either created the dangerous condition or failed to maintain reasonably safe conditions of the property. It could also be that they knew of the hazard and did not take precautions to warn visitors. If the owner of the property could’ve avoided visitor’s being injured but didn’t, they may have a negligence case. The investigation connected to the claim must be very thorough and accurate.

Premises liability cases arise whenever someone is injured on another person’s or company’s property. Some common premises liability issues that may warrant a lawsuit include:

  • Slip and fall cases 
    • (in hotels, grocery stores, restaurants, on sidewalks, etc.)
  • Animal bites and attacks
  • Negligent security 
    • (includes inadequate lighting, criminal activity, etc.)
  • Falls due to missing or defective handrails alongside stairs, etc.
  • Injuries as a result of failure to comply with building safety and fire codes
  • Construction site accidents 
    • (defective ladders, machinery, etc.)

By now you know that premises liability claims can range anywhere from an injury suffered on a fairground to a slip and fall incident on a public sidewalk. But what about if the injury occurs within someone else’s home? 

If an accident occurs on another person’s real estate, this is still a premises liability claim. For example, if a mailman is delivering a package to your home and they slip and fall on an oil slick in the driveway, they may sue you for premises liability. This is because you knew (or should have known) about the risk the oil slick posed, but did not take cautionary measures to ensure no one got injured because of it. 

Whether you received injuries in a public setting or on someone’s personal real estate, you need a premises liability lawyer. 

How Negligence Affects Premises Liability in Illinois

These cases can sometimes be difficult in part due to the time-sensitive nature of the evidence in some circumstances. The injured party must prove that the property owner either created the dangerous condition, failed to maintain reasonably safe conditions of the property so as to make it safe, or knew of the hazard and did not warn visitors such that they could avoid being injured. The investigation connected to the claim must be very thorough and accurate.

Hire an Experienced Slip and Fall Injury Attorney

It is important to remember: never speak with an insurance agent or insurance adjuster prior to contacting an experienced premises liability attorney. Insurance companies often try to blame the person injured for his or her injuries.

Attorneys who work on slip and fall injury cases frequently work with investigators to establish cause and fault in these cases as well as liability. It is imperative that if you’ve been injured on someone else’s property to speak with someone who can represent your rights before speaking to any insurance agent. This ensures that your interests and rights are protected instead of negotiated.

Contact the Chicago Premises Liability Lawyers at Curcio Law Offices

The attorneys at Curcio Law Offices in Chicago have decades of experience representing injured victims in these circumstances. Our firm works hard to ensure our clients’ rights and interests are protected, and that they are justly compensated for injuries suffered on another’s property. Our attorneys have the skill and experience necessary to successfully present your case to a jury or to negotiate an equitable settlement.

For more information about our premises liability verdicts, you can view them online here. Contact us at our downtown Chicago location so that we can provide you with a free consultation and get you the help that you need. You can also call us at 312-321-1111