When you enter a business, you rarely think your safety could be in danger. But if the property isn’t kept safe, then you could sustain serious injuries. For example, if an elevator was out of service but the doors were stuck open, you’d expect the elevator to be safely sectioned off. Sidewalks around the property should be even and free of anything that could make someone trip. If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to take legal action. A Morris premises liability lawyer from Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP can look at your claim and see if you have grounds to seek financial compensation.
Property owners or the person in charge of the premises are supposed to take measures to keep others on the property safe. This typically means taking care of dangers in a timely fashion. Any threat to a person’s wellbeing should be fixed, but sometimes a property owner or manager may have recently learned about a new threat but hasn’t had time to fix it yet. In these cases, they should inform the people on the premises of the threat. The property owner could also mark off or otherwise provide a warning regarding the threat.
When those in charge of the property neglect their duties, others can be harmed. These injuries can completely upend your life and can be a major source of stress, but they don’t have to be. Our lawyers have years of experience with premises liability law. We’ve helped people get the justice they deserve and are eager to assist in protecting your rights as well.
Where Can Negligent Injuries on Properties Happen?
A premises liability injury can happen anywhere. For example, you could be at a friend’s house, a grocery store, or a hotel. When the person in charge of a property’s safety doesn’t take the proper measures to make sure the area is safe for others, they are putting those people at risk.
You may be wondering about the conditions that can cause premises liability injuries. Here are a few examples:
- Cracked or uneven sidewalks
- Potholes in parking lots
- Unstable railings and stairs
- Unfenced pools
If you don’t recognize what caused your accident, you should still get in touch with one of our lawyers, as there are numerous ways for someone to get hurt on someone else’s property. You should also avoid putting off calling a lawyer. Depending on where you were hurt, your premises liability claim may have specific time constraints. Additionally, with the passage of time, the property owner may change or alter the area you were injured, making it more difficult to prove your case.
If you’re injured on government property, you should get in touch with a premises liability lawyer as soon as possible. With any personal injury case, there are certain time limits you will need adhere to in order to have a valid claim. There’s a risk if you wait too long before coming forward. If you miss the deadline, your claim could be dismissed without review. You could be left with significant injuries and no options to make a claim.
The time limit may be different—even shorter—for government-owned properties. You may need to act quickly in order to get the compensation you deserve. These time limits can differ state by state. Our lawyers are familiar with Illinois laws and will be able to work within these specifications to protect your rights.
What Injuries Can Premises Liability Cause?
Premises liability can result in a number of injuries. Take a look at some of the common ones:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
The mechanisms of these injuries can also differ, from pieces of a structure falling on someone, to slip-and-fall incidents, to work accidents, to dog bites. When these injuries are severe, your recovery may take a long time. In some cases, surgery could be required to fix something. During this period, you’re going to need to take time off work so you can rest and heal. However, you may not feel you have the option because you and your family may depend on the regular paycheck.
This feeling may lead you to trying to go back to work before you’ve fully healed. While you may think you’ll push through the pain and the injury will heal eventually, you may be doing more harm than good. If you return to work too quickly, you could reinjure yourself or make the initial injury worse. You’ll need to get treatment and will have a longer recovery process—which means missing even more work than you would have originally. You may have to pay for these new health costs out of pocket because they weren’t caused from the accident—they happened because you didn’t give yourself enough time to heal.
When you have a Morris attorney at your side, they’ll look out for your best interests so you can focus on your recovery.
Seek Sound Legal Representation
If you or a loved one has been hurt on someone else’s property, you should get in touch with our firm today. You deserve to have a favorable result by trial or settlement that will allow you to take the time you need to recover. In a free consultation, we’ll discuss your case and talk about what happened and how you were injured. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you have experienced counsel on your side so you can move toward recovery and putting the accident behind you.