Property Owners Have A Duty To Keep You Safe
If you were injured on another party’s property, you may have a premises liability case. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that their property does not present hazards or dangers to people. In general, if a property owner knew or should have known that the danger was present, they should have taken steps to warn of the danger or fixed the problem.
At Smith LaCien LLP in Chicago, we have decades of experience helping injury victims and their families recover financial compensation for injuries and wrongful deaths. You may wonder why you need an attorney, but Illinois premises liability cases are rarely straightforward; you do not want to attempt to fight the insurance company on your own. Our experienced lawyers know how to obtain the compensation you need for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Learn more today in a free consultation.
Slip-And-Fall Accidents Can Be Catastrophic Or Fatal
Although falling down doesn’t necessarily sound dangerous, it often causes serious injuries, especially if a person hits their head and suffers a traumatic brain injury. Even a mild concussion can affect people for months or years and a severe traumatic brain injury can be fatal. In addition, people can injure their back and spine, and suffer broken bones.
Falls can happen anywhere, of course, but some of the most common places are grocery stores, discount stores, big-box stores, icy sidewalks, slick steps, pools and shopping malls. Any wet or slick surface can be dangerous, as can cracked or broken flooring, bunched up carpeting or floor mats, and other objects such as cords or wires on the floor.
Premises Liability Is More Than Just Falls
In addition to slip-and-fall accidents, we represent people who have suffered premises liability injuries due to:
- Negligent security: Hotels, apartment complexes, workplaces and gas stations can result in assault or robbery if they do not have sufficient security measures in place.
- Stairway accidents: Broken steps, lack of handrails and poor lighting can make steps and stairwells dangerous.
- Pool accidents and drowning: An open hazard such as a swimming pool can lead to falls and head injuries or oxygen deprivation injuries and drowning. Gates or lifeguards can make pools safer.
- Elevator and escalator accidents: Tripping and falling or getting caught in the escalator steps can cause serious injuries. An elevator accident may result in broken bones, head injuries and spinal cord injuries.
These are just a few examples of premises liability cases. If you were injured on another party’s property, speak with us and find out how we may be able to assist you.