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Crystal Lake, IL Premises Liability Lawyer

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McHenry County Property Accident Liability Attorneys

After being hurt on the property of another person or business, you may have the right to obtain compensation for your injuries based on premises liability law. Property owners and managers have a a duty to use ordinary care to see that the property is reasonably safe for their guests and others rightfully on the property. When they fail to uphold this duty and you are hurt in an accident on their property, they may be liable for the costs associated with your medical treatment, recovery, time off work, and pain and suffering.

If you have questions about a potential premises liability claim, do not hesitate to contact our Crystal Lake personal injury lawyers at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC at 815-338-3838.

What is Premises Liability in Illinois?

Under Illinois law, the owners and occupiers of land owe a duty of reasonable care to their invitees and licensees. The distinction between these legal terms does not matter a great deal these days, however it may come up in some way during your case. You are an invitee if you are on the land for your and the owner's interests, such as if you are a business customer, event spectator, independent worker, or applicant. You are a licensee if you are a social guest.

While owners and tenants of parcels of land or buildings are not required to keep their guests entirely safe or the premises in perfect condition, they are required to exercise reasonable care in recognizing dangerous conditions and correcting or warning against them. For instance, a business must make consistent inspections of its property to ensure there is not a defect or unsafe condition that could harm customers. If a defect or unsafe condition is found, the business should block it off, put up a warning sign, and fix the problem as soon as possible.

Common Premises Liability Cases

Myriad types of accidents can fall under premises liability law. However, a few common premises liability cases include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls due to spills, debris, snow, ice, and other unsafe conditions
  • Drowning or other swimming pool accidents
  • Burns
  • Dog bites or other animal attacks

An Exception to Premises Liability: Open and Obvious Defects

Owners and occupiers of land do not have to protect you and other guests from open and obvious dangers. An open and obvious danger is one that is clearly noticeable to the average adolescent or adult. It is usually visible or can be detected through your other senses. This is a general exception to premises liability. As an adult, you are expected to notice obvious dangers, be careful, and avoid them. If you are hurt due to not avoiding an open and obvious danger, you may not be able to obtain compensation from the owner.

No Duty Owed to Trespassers

There is another important exception to premises liability in Illinois: trespassers. You are a trespasser if you enter or remain on the land or within the building without permission. Owners and occupiers do not owe a duty of reasonable care to individuals who trespass on their land. They only owe a duty to not willfully and wantonly injure a trespasser. If you are found to have been hurt while trespassing on the property, you will have a difficult time pursuing compensation.

Contact Our Crystal Lake Premises Liability Lawyers for Help

If you were hurt on a person or business's property due to an unsafe condition or defect, contact us at 815-338-3838 to schedule a free consultation. We have years of experience representing individuals like you in premises liability cases and will seek to recover the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.

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