What Is Premises Liability?
You may have a story similar to this one: walking across someone’s property, you unexpectedly fall into a neglected cellar. You sustain significant injuries as a result of your fall, leading to thousands of dollars in medical bills and a permanent disability in your legs. Whatever the cause of your accident, a property owner can be held liable for neglecting to fix a persisting problem or notify visitors of it.
In the legal world, this is known as premises liability. Stated simply, whenever someone is injured on another’s property, the property owner is liable for neglecting to address the hazard if he or she already knew it existed. Although the steps required of the property owner vary from case to case, simply putting up a warning sign may not be enough. While the owner may be familiar with the hazards on his or her property, visitors cannot be expected to avoid hazards they are totally unaware of.
For adults and children alike, holes in the ground are not the end of the story. Even if you are acting safely, dangerous machinery and other hazards can result in serious injuries. Compared to adults, children have much more difficulty determining when something in their environment might be dangerous and may not realize the consequences of their actions.
If you or someone you love has been injured because of a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to damages for your medical bills and suffering. A compassionate Kankakee personal injury lawyer can help you seek closure after your injury. To discuss your case directly with an experienced Kankakee premises liability lawyer, contact the law offices of Spiros Law, P.C., today at (815) 929-9292.