Premises Liability and Property Accidents Attorneys in Wheaton, Illinois
Whether you own or rent a home, you are accustomed to pointing out potential hazards to friends and family who visit. Watch out for that step. Careful – the railing’s loose. In most people’s opinions, it is common courtesy to do so.
In the eyes of the law, it is not just common courtesy. It is a legal obligation. And similarly to private property owners, commercial and government property owners have a legal duty to keep their properties safe for visitors. The extent of the obligation varies depending on who owns the property and how obvious the hazard is. This type of legal responsibility is called premises liability. People who are seriously injured in property accidents due to the owner’s negligence or intentional failure to make repairs can use the theory of premises liability to seek compensation for their injuries.
What Makes Premises Liability Cases Difficult to Prove?
If you or a family member has been injured, and you are seeking legal counsel, you may find that you have a hard time locating a premises liability attorney willing to accept your case.
The temporary nature of most property hazards makes many personal injury lawyers reluctant to take on premises liability cases. It is far too easy for a store owner or apartment manager to repair a pot hole or fix a broken stair railing immediately after an accident, thus removing any evidence of the hazard.
If possible, take photographs or video of the property hazard that caused the accident. In addition, get contact information for witnesses and try to determine whether security cameras may have recorded the accident.
At the Wheaton, Illinois law firm of Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, we regularly evaluate premises liability cases on behalf of individuals seriously injured in situations such as:
- Slip and fall accidents in grocery stores, restaurants, or hotels
- Falls caused by broken stair railings, unrepaired escalators, or loose balcony railings
- Trip and fall accidents caused by unrepaired potholes or uneven sidewalks
- Slip and fall accidents caused by unreasonable accumulations of ice or snow
- Head and back injuries caused by heavy merchandise falling from shelves
Although we cannot promise to take on your case, we can promise to give our honest assessment of your legal options. If our attorneys believe you have a valid legal claim, we will pursue fair compensation on your behalf with all the skills and strategic planning at our disposal.
We represent clients on a contingency basis. If we accept your case, you will pay no attorney fees unless we obtain compensation in your premises liability claim.