Frequently Asked Questions About Premises Liability Law in Illinois

Answers from knowledgeable Chicago slip and fall and premises liability lawyers

Few areas of personal injury law are as potentially complex as premises liability cases. On one hand, such cases stem from the very simple fact that companies or individuals who own or maintain properties have a duty of care to protect people who responsibly find themselves on that property. But on the other hand, such cases often involve the difficult task of proving knowledge and negligence on the part of the company or individual in question. At The Law Offices of Newman, Boyer & Statham, Ltd., our Illinois personal injury attorneys have more than 20 years of experience handling premises liability cases. The Law Offices of Newman, Boyer & Statham, Ltd. has obtained one of the highest verdicts in the state of Illinois in a slip and fall case. We can answer any questions you may have about the laws and protocols related to this process. What is premises liability? Do I have a valid claim? How can trip and fall lawyers in Chicago help me? Is inadequate security a valid reason for a premises liability case? We can answer these and many other common questions for you:

Contact a reputable, ethical slip and fall attorney in Chicago today

At The Law Offices of Newman, Boyer & Statham, Ltd., we are ready to advise you on any matter involving Illinois personal injury law, including premises liability. We maintain offices in downtown Chicago and Tinley Park and can meet you at your home or hospital room if necessary. Do not delay — contact us online or call 312.443.1998 or 312.443.1998 to arrange a free consultation as soon as possible.

What types of damages can a premises liability victim claim?

Any premises liability injury is a very serious matter and Illinois personal injury courts treat them as such. If you have been injured in a slip and fall or premises liability case, you may be able to recover compensation for economic and non-economic losses, including:

  • Lost wages, past and present
  • Medical, physical therapy and rehabilitation costs, past and present
  • Pain, suffering and mental anguish
  • Prescription drug costs
  • Permanent disability

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Can I sue a city or town if I trip and injure myself on a public sidewalk?

This depends entirely on the jurisdiction in which your injury occurs. Many states and towns have laws protecting themselves from this sort of lawsuit, but others do not. Contact an experienced premises liability attorney in the area where you were injured to investigate this further.

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What are common defenses used by allegedly negligent parties in premises liability cases?

The most common defense in a premises liability case is that the company or individual in charge of maintaining the property was unaware of the hazardous condition that injured you. They may also claim you were to blame for ignoring the dangerous condition or that the incident in question did not actually cause your injury.

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Should I accept an insurance settlement for my premises liability injury?

Not without consulting an experienced premises liability lawyer first. The initial settlement an insurance adjuster offers you will almost certainly be significantly less than the amount to which you are legally entitled. An insurance adjuster’s main objective is to save his or her employer money, not grant fair settlements. And if you accept the initial offer, you’ll most likely forfeit your right to further legal action regarding the incident.

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