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dangerous property conditions

In Illinois, if you are present on someone’s property with permission (for example, a customer at a store), and the owner has caused a dangerous condition on the property or allowed a dangerous condition to exist for an unreasonable period of time, and you are injured as a result of that dangerous condition, you may be able to recover for your damages against the property owner.
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property conditions

This type of case is often referred to as “premises liability.” Some of the most common types of premises liability cases are described as “slip and falls” and “trip and falls.” Sometimes these falls can be serious. The National Floor Safety Institute found that on average, falls are the second leading cause of accidental death for people aged 65 to 84 years of age. However, there are numerous types of premises liability cases that don’t involve “slips” or “trips,” and each case is dependent on its own set of facts. If you think you might have a case, you should call an attorney who is experienced with premises liability cases.


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First, you need to determine the specific facts of what happened in the accident. What caused the injury? For example, if you slipped on something, what exactly did you slip on? Where exactly were you when you got hurt? Pictures, documentation, and witnesses are all things that can help you if you decide to pursue a dangerous property claim.
Second, did you inform the property owner you were injured? You should notify the owner or the owner’s employee that you were hurt on their property and generally describe how you were injured. You should remain calm and remember that what you say may be used in court later, so choose your words wisely. You do not have to fill out a report or sign any documents.
Lastly, if you have been injured because of a dangerous property condition, contact an experienced attorney, sooner, rather than later. Evidence in these cases has a way of disappearing over time, so an experienced attorney can make sure everything is done to preserve the evidence you need to protect your rights.

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Because a dangerous property case is so heavily dependent on the facts of the accident, as well as numerous legal issues, it is important to call an attorney sooner rather than later. 

The attorneys at the Beard Law Firm live and work in Southern Illinois and have successfully prosecuted dangerous property cases all over the area. Unlike law firms that are outside the area, we can and do travel to the scene of these accidents right away to begin collecting evidence in the case. 

If you have been hurt due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, call the Beard Law Firm right away for a free consultation at (618)351-1000. If it is outside normal business hours, leave a voicemail or email us at the address listed on this site. An experienced attorney will usually call you back before the next business day.
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frequently asked questions

  • Q:   I slipped on water that was tracked into a store when it was raining outside, do I have a case?

    A: In Illinois, you probably don’t have a case on these facts. The property owner is not liable for “natural accumulations” of water (or ice or snow). However, there are exceptions, and an experienced attorney can help determine if your case is viable.
  • Q: If I slipped while in a store, is the store automatically liable for my damages? 

    A: The store owner is only liable for your damages if your accident was caused by the store owner’s negligence (or that of the employees). These cases are heavily dependent on the facts, and the sooner you consult with an attorney, the better.
  • Q: I tripped and fell over something that the store had in the aisle, do I have a case?
    A: You have a duty to watch where you are walking. If the thing you tripped over was “open and obvious,” you may not have a case. These cases are heavily dependent on the facts, and the sooner you consult with an attorney, the better.
  • Q: I had complained to my landlord that a dangerous condition needed to be repaired, and he said he would fix it and never did. Now, someone was hurt by the dangerous condition, is the landlord liable? 

    A: In Illinois, the landlord may be liable for the damages in this case. However, these cases are heavily dependent on the facts, and may be affected by the terms of your lease, and the sooner you consult with an attorney, the better.
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