Law Offices of Mark A. Wells - Serving injured people throughout central Illinois

What is premises liability?

Premises liability is a term used to describe the legal responsibility that a landowner has for injuries and accidents that occur on their property. Property owners are responsible to maintain a safe premises and warn visitors of potential hazards. Owners can be held liable for injuries occurring due to unsafe conditions on their property. Government agencies are also considered owners and can be held liable for injuries occurring on public property such as public sidewalks. These injuries can include injuries occurring when a person slips and falls, uses equipment on the owner’s property, or when the owner fails to provide adequate security on the property. A typical slip and fall injury can occur because of hazards such as:

  • Adverse weather conditions (for example, ice, snow, or rain)
  • Uneven sidewalks
  • Potholes
  • Poorly lit or unmarked pathways or stairs
  • Slippery tiling
  • Unbalanced flooring
  • Rippled carpet
  • Obstructions on the floor or walkway

Injuries can range from bruising, broken bones and scrapes, to catastrophic injuries resulting in permanent disability or even death.

It is important for you to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as you are injured. The legal system has set a time limit for you to file your lawsuit, and insurance companies do not want you to get a lawyer because they know they will have to pay a lot more money. But, without an attorney’s help, you would likely fail to do the things necessary for a fair financial recovery.

With our help, and if necessary, you can file a lawsuit against whoever was responsible for the accident or situation that led to your injuries. To find out more about how we can protect your rights and obtain the damages you are entitled to, contact us.

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