This article is being written to conclude and recap my series on retaining a premises liability lawyer in Peoria, Illinois. I felt it was necessary to write on this topic since many people do not know how to proceed after they have been injured on another person’s property. This is a complex area of law where defendants are not always found to be responsible for a victim’s injuries. The goal of my recent articles has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a slip and fall attorney. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have addressed include:
- When an Illinois property owner is responsible for a fall
- Why such cases may take significant time to settle
- How comparative fault impacts a premises liability case
- Establishing a property manager’s liability
- The importance of expert witnesses in such matters
- Attending trial in such matters
There are multiple reasons why I chose to address these topics. First, it is important to be aware that property owners must take reasonable steps to keep their space safe for the public. However, this does not mean that they are required to keep the property one hundred percent safe at all times, as this would not be possible. Second, victims should know that accepting a “quick” settlement may not be the best decision. If a victim settles before knowing their long-term prognosis, then they may miss out on substantial compensation. Third, Illinois is like many states in the country in that it has adopted the concept of comparative fault. This means that a victim can still recover damages even if they are partially at fault for the accident. Fourth, discovery is a crucial step in obtaining evidence which establishes who is liable for the accident. This procedure consists of taking sworn testimony of witnesses and receiving written responses and other evidence from the other side. Fifth, when used correctly, expert witnesses are incredibly valuable in these types of cases. Expert witnesses help the jury to better understand complicated facts that the average person may not be familiar with. Finally, trials are complex procedures and each case is incredibly unique. As a result, trials can be very overwhelming for someone who is not familiar with the process.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of retaining an experienced attorney to assist you with your premises liability case. My office will do everything we can to ensure you know what to expect throughout your entire case. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Peoria personal injury lawyer. My office believes in protecting the rights of people, as opposed to corporations. We are proud of the level of service which we provide and we will ensure you know what to expect as your case moves forward. Contact us online or by telephone today. Our firm also serves clients in the Illinois cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.