What are Premises Liability Cases?
Rely on an experienced Chicago premises liability law firm to stand up for you.
Property owners, including landlords who oversee apartment complexes, have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises and keep conditions safe for visitors. Unfortunately, people in Chicago and throughout Illinois are injured in property accidents every day. Property owners or manager who fail to keep a premises safe or fail to address safety issues in a timely manner need to be held accountable for injuries sustained in an accident.
A closer look at Chicago premises liability cases
Premises liability claims can involve any number of circumstances, including but not limited to:
- Serious injuries from slip, trip and fall accidents
- Dog bites or animal attacks
- Negligent or inadequate security
- Accidents in pools
- Injuries due to poor maintenance of a property
Some accidents involve violent crime on a property, such as a sexual assault, shooting, stabbing or murder. These assaults might happen in a Chicago-area apartment complex in which the landlord failed to provide adequate security. If the apartment is located in an area that is known for gang activity or other criminal behavior, the landlord may need to hire security guards, install video monitoring and make sure all building entrances have working locks.
To reduce the risk of pool accidents, property owners must install fences and gates. Unfortunately, a drowning in a pool can happen for any number of reasons linked to owner negligence, from murky pool water and broken pool drains to lifeguards who are inattentive or not properly trained.
In any kind of premises liability case, victims may end up with serious or fatal injuries. Having worked with many individuals and families, our premises liability attorneys in Chicago know that these cases can be complex and have a long-term financial and emotional impact.
Medical bills can add up quickly. You may lose income due to lost time from work. You may be entitled to compensation to pay for these expenses, as well as for damages related to pain and suffering, emotional distress and more.
We understand how difficult and frustrating an accident on property due to negligence can be for someone. At The Deratany Firm, we are committed to helping personal injury victims in Chicago fight for the compensation they deserve in a premises liability lawsuit.
How do premises liability cases arise in Chicago? A potential list of property accident causes is long and distressing and includes the following:
- Negligent care of a sidewalk or publicly owned area, such as a pothole in the ground
- Unsafe or narrow stairways
- Torn carpeting, changes in flooring, poor lighting or a wet floor
- Safety code violations
- Falling merchandise
- Injuries or fatalities from smoke or fire
We handle cases involving accidents at:
- Shopping malls
- Grocery stores
- Bars and restaurants
- Apartment complexes
- Other businesses
Determining fault in premises liability cases
Property accident cases can be extremely complex. Your accident might seem straightforward. A property owner or manager may have clearly been negligent. But often, the property owner will insist he did nothing wrong, and an insurance adjuster may try to offer a quick and meager settlement. That's why you need an experienced legal team on your side who will take a stand for you. You need someone who will fight for every penny you deserve.
Even if you think you were partially at fault in the accident, you may have a case. Illinois recognizes "modified comparative fault." That means if someone contributes to an accident and files a claim against a business owner, the victim may still receive compensation, but a reduced amount in proportion to the victim's responsibility.
We have a strong track record for obtaining significant settlements and verdicts for personal injury victims. See our results & verdicts page. Building such strong cases often takes a lot of time and effort. Fortunately, you don't have to worry about paying for all this work up front. That's because we work on a contingency fee basis. This means you only pay fees if our legal team obtains a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf.