Slip and Fall/Premises Liability
When you are injured because a dangerous condition existed on another person’s property, that property owner may be responsible to you for your legal damages, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Unfortunately, “slip and fall” or premises liability cases can be difficult to prove and often involve complex factual and legal issues. Make sure you contact an experienced Chicago premises liability attorney soon after your accident to ensure that the accident is investigated properly and important evidence is preserved. Read on for more information about premises liability in Illinois, and contact attorney John Fairman if you have any questions or need immediate advice and representation.
Illinois premises liability laws
Under Illinois law, property owners owe a duty to provide a safe environment for persons coming onto their property. Traditionally, the law made a distinction between persons invited onto the land as a customer or social guest and those who enter the property for some business purpose. Under the old law, the property owner owed a higher duty to “invitees” than “licensees.” However, in the Illinois Premises Liability Act in 1995, the state abolished the distinction between licensees and invitees. Attempts to exclude or limit the duties of property owners under the law were later held unconstitutional.
The law in Illinois today is that property owners owe a duty of reasonable care under the circumstances to people who enter their property. Depending on the circumstances, this duty could include a requirement to inspect the property, repair any known dangers or warn people of the danger, and promptly clean up any food or drink spills, debris on the floor, etc.
This law applies uniformly to all types of retail establishments, grocery stores, restaurants and department stores. Other laws set out more specific duties for owners of firing ranges, off-road riding facilities and property set aside for recreational purposes.
Help is available
One of the difficulties with slip and fall or premises liability cases is that the dangerous condition may exist only temporarily, such as a wet floor or front entrance, and it can be challenging to establish how long the condition existed before the accident, to show that the property owner knew or should have known about it but failed to clean it up in a timely manner. For other dangerous conditions, property owners may try to fix the hazard after the accident, again making it difficult to prove the necessary facts to hold the property owner liable. John Fairman and the personal injury attorneys at Lee & Fairman know the proper steps to take to prepare and present a persuasive case showing the property owner’s negligence and responsibility to pay for the harm caused. We can help in any of the following types of accidents, among others:
- Food or drink spill in a grocery store or restaurant
- Wet or icy pavement or sidewalk
- Slippery floors
- Unmarked steps, ramps or inclines
- Broken stairs or handrails
- Malfunctioning elevators or escalators
- Objects in aisles and walkways
- Objects falling from shelves
- Exposed wiring
- Torn carpeting
- Misplaced floor mats
- Lack of appropriate signage
Call Chicago Premises Liability Attorneys at Lee & Fairman Today
Lee & Fairman offers a free consultation to discuss your case, and no fee is charged unless we recover compensation for you. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall, trip and fall, or other accident because the property owner failed to take reasonable precautions for your safety, call Chicago premises liability attorney John Fairman at the law offices of Lee & Fairman, LLP in Homewood (708-799-4848) or Oak Lawn (708-960-4806).