Premises Liability Lawyers in Geneva
Caring & Personalized Legal Representation in DeKalb & Kane Counties
Whether you are running errands, hanging out with a friend, dining at a restaurant, or simply visiting a business, you expect to be relatively safe and free from harm. However, your safety depends upon how well the owners and managers of the places you frequent maintain their property and keep up with safety regulations. Unfortunately, there are instances where the municipalities, businesses, or individuals responsible for the upkeep of their respective premises fail to do so, causing you or others harm or injury. According to the Illinois Premises Liability Act, land and property owners must be held liable for injuries that occur on their premises due to their carelessness or negligence.
At Turner & Sackett Law Offices, we compassionately handle premises liability cases. We care about each of our clients from the moment they walk through the door. Because no two cases are the same, we strive to provide individualized legal representation focused on results. Our Geneva premises liability attorneys offer free consultations in both English and Spanish.
To see how we can assist with your premises liability case, call (800) 653-0198 or contact us through our online form.
What Are the Different Types of Premises Liability Cases?
Premises liability claims can come in many different forms, including:
- Dog or animal attacks
- Slip and fall accidents
- Mugging/assault due to poor security
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability dictates that property owners or managers, operators, or tenants of a property are responsible for ensuring the safety of their guests or patrons. Should you get injured on another’s property, they may be held liable.
In Illinois, premises liability law is contingent upon whether you did or did not have permission to be on the property.
If you were a lawful visitor or guest, the property owner or occupier is probably liable for your safety. However, if you were harmed while trespassing, it is unlikely that you have a premises liability case.
While safety is never guaranteed, property owners and occupiers owe lawful visitors and guests reasonable care in preventing injuries from occurring on the premises.
The following three elements must be proven for a property owner or occupier to be held liable:
- The owner or occupier of the property knew of the condition or could have discovered the dangerous condition within their scope of reasonable care
- The hazard is not open and obvious, allowing a visitor to easily notice and avoid it
- The owner or occupier failed to exercise reasonable care to protect the visitor from danger (examples include not warning visitors of a hazard on-site, making an area inaccessible, or making necessary repairs in a timely manner)
Among the most common premises liability cases are dog bites and injuries from slips/trips and falls, although there are many other types of accidents that fall under the umbrella of premises liability.
If you’ve suffered an injury on another’s premises, our team of hardworking premises liability attorneys in Geneva will advocate for you and help you pursue proper compensation for damages.
Contact us by calling (800) 653-0198 today!
What is the average settlement for a personal injury?
Because every personal injury claim is different, it is difficult to determine an average settlement. A victim who lost a limb will likely need to receive more in medical expenses than someone who broke an arm, for instance. This means that personal injury claims tend to average anywhere between $3000 to $75,000—an extremely broad range. An attorney can help you estimate your unique losses based on the facts of your case. You should be entitled to make up for your specific losses at the very least.
What evidence is needed for a personal injury claim?
Necessary evidence can vary case by case depending on the specifics of your situation. However, one of the most helpful pieces of evidence is your medical records. If you can prove that you sought medical attention for a serious injury after an accident, you are more likely to receive compensation to cover the expenses associated with said injury. Other helpful evidence includes any photographs of the accident scene, accident reports, witness statements, insurance forms, receipts, and any other physical evidence related to the injury.
What is the personal injury statute of limitations in Illinois?
Under state law, the statute of limitations (or deadline) for most personal injury claims in Illinois is two years from the date of the accident. However, for claims against governmental agencies, there are special limitation periods that may be as short as a year. You should always consult with an attorney on what particular limitations period might apply to your claim. You should seek legal help immediately, as a delay may be fatal to your claim. Unless you have a special exception, your claim will be thrown out if you attempt to file after the limitations period has passed.
Because every personal injury claim is different, it is difficult to determine an average settlement. A victim who lost a limb will likely need to receive more in medical expenses than someone who broke an arm, for instance. Although personal injury claims tend to average anywhere between $3000 to $75,000—an extremely broad range—there may be significant economic and noneconomic factors in your individual case that may indicate that your particular claim would be valued at a significantly higher figure at trial in front of a jury. An attorney can help you estimate your unique losses based on the facts of your case. The knowledge of an attorney experienced in jury verdict value is extremely important. You should be entitled to make up for your specific losses at the very least.
What qualifies as a personal injury?
A personal injury generally refers to any bodily injury sustained in an accident, from minor bruises to severe brain trauma. The most common personal injury claims arise from harm sustained from traffic wrecks, slip and fall accidents, defective products, dangerous property conditions, and medical malpractice.