Premises liability is a legal responsibility that obligates property owners and managers to take reasonable measures to ensure that their property is safe for others. While the legal obligation varies depending on a number of circumstances, in many cases, negligent property owners and managers can be held liable for any accidents and injuries that occur on their property.
The Chicago accident and injury lawyers at Cogan & Power, P.C. focus on helping the victims of negligence, including those persons injured on the property of another, obtain financial recovery for their injuries. We are proud to have recovered more than $250 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of people who have suffered injury or loss because of someone else’s negligence or misconduct, including nearly $3 million for a woman who was injured in a slip and fall accident while walking into a pool at a hotel resort.
The obligations of property owners and managers vary depending on whether the injured person was an invitee, licensee, or trespasser on the property. Property owners and managers have the greatest responsibility to protect invitees, or those persons invited onto the property for the benefit of the owner/occupier. Common examples of invitees include patrons in a restaurant or customers in a retail store. Property owners must also take reasonable precautions to protect licensees from harm. Licensees are those persons who are allowed onto the property with the consent of the owner/occupier, such as a guest at a party. On the other hand, property owners and managers have little or no responsibility to protect trespassers, or those persons who enter the property without permission.
Slip and fall accidents are the most common kind of premises liability lawsuit, but premises liability covers a number of accidents, including:
Property owners and managers often seek to avoid liability by showing that there was no reasonable opportunity to correct the hazard or that the injured person failed to protect himself or herself. Accordingly, it is important to consult with an accident and injury lawyer who has experience handling slip and fall cases like the Chicago premises liability lawyers at Cogan & Power. We advocate on behalf of our clients for full and fair financial recovery, which may include:
We take a collaborative, compassionate approach to legal representation. Not only do we advise our clients of their legal rights and assist them with their legal claims, but we also help them obtain the necessary medical treatment, help them manage any employment-related consequences of the accident, and invest ourselves in their comprehensive recovery and overall wellbeing.
If you or a loved one was injured on the property of another, contact the Chicago premises liability lawyers at Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about your legal rights and remedies. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.