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What is Premises Liability?

Published on January 25th, 2019

As Chicago personal injury lawyers, our team understands that the scope of injury goes far beyond car accidents and dog bites. Premises liability is the idea that landowners are responsible for keeping their property in safe conditions. For example, if you are walking on the sidewalk in front of a business and you slip and fall and get injured, you can build a case against the property owner on the grounds of negligence. At Shea Law Group, our team can help you build your case so that you get the compensation that you deserve.

Types of Premises Liability Cases

Many different scenarios qualify as premises liability, including:

  • Accidents involving ice and snow
  • Elevator or escalator accidents
  • Fires
  • Leaks or flooding
  • Inhalation of toxic fumes or chemicals
  • Defective or unsafe premises conditions
  • Slip-and-fall cases

In premises liability, the property can be considered both commercial or residential property, so if you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, it is almost guaranteed that you will be able to build a case.

Visitors Divided Into Three Categories

In these cases, it is important to consider the reasoning that the individual went onto the property in the first place. Considerations include whether or not the invitation to the property was there or if the individual was trespassing. Technically speaking, visitors are categorized as invitees, licensees and trespassers.

Contact Our Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers

It can be difficult to fully understand whether or not you have a premises liability case without professional help. If you have been injured while you are on someone else’s property, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Shea Law Group so we can help investigate the circumstances.

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