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The Basics of Premises Liability

Last updated 6 years ago

Whenever you go to a public building, business, or private residence, you generally don’t expect to suffer an injury. However, many people every year incur terrible injuries due to unsafe conditions. Because suffering an injury can cause considerable stress and financial strain, the legal concept of premises liability protects victims and holds negligent property owners accountable. Here’s a brief look at the basics of premises liability:

Establishing Owners’ Obligations

All property owners have a general obligation to provide safe conditions for their visitors. However, this obligation does not extend to trespassers or others who come upon a property illegally. As long as property owners are vigilant about cleaning up spills, maintaining even walking surfaces, and warning visitors of potential hazards, they should be free from all liability. If not, a property owner could face a considerable lawsuit if a visitor suffers an injury.

Proving Negligence

Though property owners are bound by their obligations, visitors are also obligated to keep themselves safe. If an injured visitor wishes to hold a property owner legally responsible for his injuries, that visitor needs to prove that the property owner directly or indirectly caused the accident, knew that a hazard was present, or did nothing to correct the hazard. A victim must prove that the property owner failed to provide a reasonable level of care.    

Taking Legal Action

Determining negligence and reasonable level of care can be a daunting task in certain situations. If you’ve recently been injured on another’s property, hire a skilled attorney to help you determine whether you have a legitimate case. If your case is deemed valid, your attorney can then help you navigate the legal process and obtain court-ordered compensation or an out-of-court settlement.

If you’ve recently suffered an injury in the Chicago area, contact the law office of McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. Don’t let a negligent business or individual take advantage of you—call one of our personal injury Lawyers today at (888) 697-0364.   


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