Whether you enter a business or private property, you may expect that the property owner will offer you a relatively safe experience while there. You’d expect to safely travel across the property without running into any unavoidable hazards and that you can make use of any amenities provided without worry. Unfortunately, when a property owner fails to keep up with the property adequately, it can mean substantial injuries to visitors.
Did you suffer injuries in a Rockford premises liability accident—maybe at one of our several Walmart Supercenters, the BMO Harris Bank Center during a concert or IceHogs game, the CherryVale Mall, or Schnuck’s? Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys can help you learn more about the compensation you may deserve. Contact our Rockford personal injury accident lawyers for your free consultation.
Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys: Comprehensive Legal Help for Rockford Premises Liability Accident Victims
When you suffer severe injuries on someone else’s property, you may have grounds for a claim. Unfortunately, securing the compensation you deserve for your injuries can become considerably more challenging than you initially anticipated. You may find yourself struggling to recover the total compensation you deserve or arguing with an insurance company that wants to hold you liable for the accident.
At Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys, we have a proven track record of successful actions helping the victims of premises liability accidents.
Look at some of our past claims and their results.
- $710,000 awarded to a premises liability accident victim
- $385,000 awarded to a premises liability accident victim
- $350,000 awarded to a premises liability accident victim
We cannot guarantee the amount you will ultimately recover for your premises liability accident, but we will work every angle to give you the best chance of success. When you work with Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys, you can feel confident that you will receive the support you need as you move forward with your claim.
We help our clients look deeper into the circumstances that may have caused their premises liability incident.
We understand that liability can prove tricky when dealing with premises liability claims. Often, you may discover that multiple parties share liability for your injuries. In other cases, you may uncover details about the accident after the fact: for example, the property owner had full knowledge of the potential danger on the property but failed to take adequate precautions to prevent injury to visitors.
At Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys, we aim to help our clients discover all the facts of their premises liability accidents, including who likely bears liability for their injuries.
We relentlessly pursue the justice our clients deserve for premises liability injuries.
Premises liability accident claims can be challenging to secure the compensation you deserve, especially in incidents with substantial injuries or disputed liability. At Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys, we work hard to help our clients secure the full compensation they deserve for the severe injuries they may have sustained. We negotiate with the owner and insurance company covering the property to raise the odds of successfully recovering the compensation you deserve.
What Are Common Premises Liability Accidents in Rockford?
Premises liability incidents can occur in many ways.
Under Illinois dog bite law, pet owners bear strict animal liability. When an animal engages in an attack, regardless of whether that animal has a history of attacks or biting, the animal’s owner may bear liability for the pet’s actions. Some pet owners fail to secure their animals properly or warn visitors about the potential dangers of interacting with the animal, increasing the risk of an attack.
Slip and Fall Incidents
Rockford sees an estimated 116 days of precipitation each year. Many businesses may have difficulty keeping up with potential slip hazards on those wet days as water collects on floors. Slip and fall hazards may also include dangerous flooring, flooring in disrepair, or failure to repair handrails properly.
Falling objects can pose a substantial danger to premises visitors. A falling object can cause head injuries or back and neck injuries on construction sites and in stores. If the property owner was negligent or failed to warn the victim of danger, they may be liable for injuries sustained.
Swimming Pool Dangers
Swimming pools create an attractive hazard to many visitors to public and private properties. Swimming pool owners may need to exercise a heavy degree of caution in ensuring that they seal off their pools so that children and pets cannot get inside. Also, swimming pool owners—including public accommodations like Boylan Swim Complex, Alpine Pool, and Harkins Aquatic Center—must maintain their pools to avoid unnecessary danger to visitors.
At some Rockford events and premises, including hotels, owners must provide a reasonable degree of security so visitors can enjoy their stay without fear of injury from another party. Negligent security can lead to substantial risk to visitors, despite the generally safe nature of the Rockford area.
Who Bears Liability for Premise Liability Accidents in Rockford?
To determine liability for a premises liability accident, you may want to work with a lawyer to identify all parties that may have contributed to your premises liability accident. A lawyer can help break down the potential factors that influenced your accident.
Public Property/Business Owners
Business owners bear a heavy duty of care to anyone who visits their property. They must create a safe environment where visitors can enjoy time without an increased potential for injury.
Public property owners must:
- Carefully maintain the property, including taking care of any repairs that could pose a danger to visitors.
- Clean up any spills or other short-term hazards that may raise the risk of injury.
- Warn visitors about large-scale hazards that they cannot clean up or repair, including potentially blocking visitors from areas that could cause them harm.
- Monitor and create rules for any vendors or outside sources operating on the property to reduce the risk of injury to visitors.
The owner of a private property that fails to uphold that duty of care to visitors may bear liability for any accident caused. To establish liability for an accident on public property, you may need to prove that the business owner, or employees, could reasonably have known about the hazard and that they had adequate time to tend to it before a guest was injured.
Vendors Operating on the Premises
When vendors or contractors enter a property, they also owe a duty of care to those visiting the property. When those vendors create a danger that could lead to injuries for visitors, they may be liable for anyone harmed. Sometimes, for example, vendors may spread out cords in a way that poses a danger and increases the risk of slip and fall accidents. Contractors might leave open construction or electrical areas and fail to tidy them, creating risk to visitors.
Private Property Owners
If you suffered injuries on private property due to the owner’s negligence, you have the same right to file an injury claim that you would have if you had suffered an injury on public property. Like public property or business owners, private property owners must exercise a high standard of care when protecting visitors to their property.
People who own property, but do not live or operate there themselves, bear a high duty of care to the people who rent out and use that property. Landlords who oversee private residences, in particular, must ensure that they protect and care for their renters. Landlords may need to make sure that the home remains habitable and promptly repair any problems, particularly when the renter reports serious damage to the property. If the landlord ignores the tenant’s needs, the landlord may bear liability for the tenant’s injuries.
What Are Common Premises Liability Injuries in Rockford?
Rockford premises liability injuries may depend on the type of accident you suffered, including contributing factors.
Common premises liability injuries may include:
- Concussions and head trauma
- Broken bones
- Dog bites
- Severe lacerations
- Back and neck injuries, ranging from whiplash to spinal cord injuries
Those injuries may have an immense impact on many areas of your life, making it difficult for you to engage in work tasks or the activities you usually enjoy. Many patients who have sustained severe premises liability accidents also find themselves struggling to provide basic self-care and may need to rely on others, especially during recovery.
The Compensation You Can Recover for Rockford Premises Liability Accidents
Suffering serious injuries may change the course of your life physically, emotionally, and financially. Often, severe injuries create substantial medical costs. Not only that, you may lose the ability to work during a financially vulnerable time, which may make it more difficult to manage your recovery.
At Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys, we cannot guarantee how much compensation you will recover for your injuries. However, we can work with you to create an effective and compelling premises liability claim that includes the total financial losses you sustained from your accident.
Compensation for the Cost of Medical Treatment
Medical care costs can rise exponentially following a severe injury. Immediately after the accident, you may see medical bills piling up faster than anticipated. Dealing with medical debt can leave you struggling financially, especially if you have long-term medical costs or need to pay for procedures and long-term care.
Keep track of all of your medical bills throughout your treatment and recovery. Tracking costs will make it easy to calculate the entire amount of your medical debt and easily piece together your premises liability injury claim.
Compensation for Wage Loss
Managing the effect of a severe premises liability injury may mean missing a considerable amount of time at work. You may have to miss work because your injuries prevent you from performing your duties or because you need to remain in the hospital or under care while you recover. Some injuries may make it unsafe for you to return to work, particularly if you work in a hazardous environment, including a construction site or warehouse.
That time lost at work can spell a significant loss of income during a time when your medical bills accrue faster than you can keep up with them. Worse, your injuries may permanently prevent you from working in your field, which may further increase the loss of income due to your accident. A lawyer can help calculate all the wages you have lost due to your injuries and include them in your claim.
Pain and Suffering
Many premises liability injury claims will also include compensation for a category known as pain and suffering. Many injuries cause much more than just financial damage. They may cause you to suffer immense psychological challenges alongside the physical pain from the injury itself. As part of your claim, you can include compensation for the pain and suffering you may have faced. Talk to a lawyer about calculating the financial value of the suffering you faced after your accident.
A Rockford Premises Liability Lawyer Can Help You Understand Your Rights
When you suffer severe injuries on a property due to the negligence of another party, a Rockford premises liability lawyer can help you understand your right to compensation and how to pursue what you deserve for your injuries. Contact Zayed Law Offices Personal Injury Attorneys today at (815) 205-1519 to learn more.