Premises liability refers to a property owner’s responsibility to make their property safe for visitors. For instance, if you were to slip and fall at a grocery store or get bitten by your neighbor’s dog, your first instinct would probably be to hold that person responsible. Whether you legally can hold that person responsible is a different story.
Illinois is a comparative fault state, which means you will receive less money for your injury if you are found to be partially responsible for the accident. For example, let’s refer back to our slip and fall scenario. We’ll say that you slipped on a freshly mopped floor and there was no “wet floor” sign. However, you were texting while walking, and so the other side argues that you should have been paying more attention to where you were going.
The court finds you 20% responsible for the accident. As a result, you are only able to collect 80% of the money the grocery store has to pay for your injury. If, on the other hand, you had been found more than 50% responsible, you wouldn't have been able to collect any compensation at all. This is one of the key reasons why you should get a personal injury attorney fighting on your side as soon as possible.
Other Personal Injury Cases
In addition to the case types discussed above, I also handle workers’ compensation and wrongful death cases on a regular basis. Explore these pages to learn more about Illinois injury disputes and my approach to resolving them.