Premises Liability

Illinois Premises Liability Lawyers

Owners of property have a responsibility to maintain their property in a safe manner for people they invite or are knowingly on their premises. When property owners fail to fulfill their responsibilities and their negligence results in injuries to a person, they may be responsible for the resulting injuries.

There are many different types of Chicago premises liability cases, including:

Property owners are responsible for keeping their premises safe. However, if a visitor is using the property in an unsafe or unexpected manner when injured, the liability may be on the injured party. An example of a property owner’s negligence causing an injury to a guest would be if a guest falls down a stairway that has a broken step. If the property owner knew– or should have know of the defective condition, the blame for the injury would likely fall on their shoulders.

Who Is Responsible for an Injury to a Guest?

Although there are many different stipulations on who may be responsible when someone is injured on property that is not owned by them, there are some basic guidelines that apply. Whether it is commercial property, a private residence or a rental property, if an injury accident occurs on the premises due to unsafe conditions, a person may be able to receive financial compensation to cover their injuries.
  • Commercial property. In a store or other types of commercial property, the liability will usually lie with the entity that is responsible for maintaining the premises. If the property is leased, this may be a lessee of the property, or the actual property owner, depending on the agreement between the two parties.
  • Private home. In most cases, if a person is injured while visiting a person at their private residence and is injured due to an unsafe condition, the owner of the property is responsible. If the home is rented out, there is a possibility that both the tenant and the property owner may share blame, depending on the circumstance.
  • Rental apartments.  In general, the owner of the rental apartment is responsible for maintaining outside structures and permanent structures such as floors and stairs in the apartment. The tenant is responsible for movable objects within the apartment. The fault would depend on what caused the accident. One exception is that if the unsafe condition was never reported to the landlord, the tenant may be solely liable.

Advocates for those injured on others property in Chicago and across the State of Illinois

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represents people who have been harmed due to poorly maintained businesses, rental apartments and homes. Our team of premises liability lawyers investigates the circumstances surrounding the incident, evaluates potential code violations, and then consults with necessary experts such as engineers, architects or industrial designers to prepare the case for settlement or trial.

If you have suffered an injury at a private home or commercial business in Chicago or any county within Illinois, we want to talk with you. At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, we understand that your case is important to you. We value the trust that clients place in us when they retain our legal services. For more than a decade, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has combined expert witnesses, trial technology and an unwavering commitment to achieve successful recoveries for our clients.  Put our experience to work for you today and get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Premises liability regulations, news and resources:
http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/O/OccupiersLiability.aspx
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2048&ChapterID=57
Premises-Liability-Complaint-Chicago-Illinois (pdf)
Will-County-Illinois-Apartment-Lawsuit (pdf)
Unsecured-Jobsite-Lawsuit-Chicago-Illinois (pdf)

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