This is the first post in a series which will discuss the topic of retaining an attorney to handle a premises liability case in Peoria, Illinois. I feel it is necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that, for obvious reasons, many are not sure how they should proceed after they have been injured on another’s property. This is a complicated area of law in which a defendant may, or may not, be responsible for a victim’s injuries. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which will help people to better understand their options. It is also 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 will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze 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 am choosing to address these topics. First, a property owner will not automatically be liable simply because someone is injured on their property. In order to recover damages, the victim must show that the owner failed to take reasonable steps to keep the property safe. Also, it must be shown that the failure was the reason for the fall. Second, if a victim is seriously injured then their chances of recovery must be reasonably known before the case can settle. Third, Illinois is a comparative fault state. This means that a victim’s recovery may be reduced if they are partially responsible for the incident. Fourth, it will be vital to obtain evidence of the property owner’s negligence. Fifth, expert witnesses tend to be crucial in these types of cases as what was “reasonable conduct” by the property owner will vary from situation to situation. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process can help to ensure that things go smoothly.
If you or a loved one have been injured on another’s property then contact my office today to speak with a Peoria slip and fall lawyer. I understand that this is a serious time in your life. My office will give your case the attention it deserves. We pride ourselves on providing quality service. This includes timely responses to phone calls, emails, and making ourselves available to answer your questions. Contact us online or by telephone today for assistance. My office also serves clients in the Illinois cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.