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WIll County personal injury attorneysA “slip and fall” injury may sound minor, but such an injury can be debilitating for the victim. A person can suffer a serious injury as a pedestrian, a patron at a store or restaurant, or even as a visitor in someone else’s home. In some cases, proving premises liability can be complicated. Illinois premises liability law only applies when an injury is due to an unsafe condition that the property owner or operator knew about or should have known about and corrected. It is important to understand the laws regarding this if you are ever hurt under these circumstances.  

The Premises Liability Act

Under Illinois law, the Premises Liability Act outlines what duty property owners have to individuals who enter their premises. If a property owner fails to take reasonable care to keep their land or structure safe, the state of Illinois may hold them accountable for damages that could occur to guests. This includes both individuals who are invited by a property owner (invitees) and people who are there for their own enjoyment (licensees). 

Besides an expectation that the premises will be properly maintained and clear of hazards, these entrants are also entitled to prior knowledge of any known defects or dangers. For example, a sign warning of a wet floor or areas that are under construction. One important facet of the premises liability law is that it does not apply to adult trespassers. That means property owners are not responsible for an injury that occurs as a result of trespassing. 

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Joliet personal injury attorneysFor some people, enjoying a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, roller-coaster, or other ride is the highlight of a trip to an amusement park or fair. For others, just the thought of riding one of these rides is enough to put knots in their stomach. While the vast majority of amusement park, carnival, and fair rides are completely safe, accidents do happen. Sometimes a ride glitches because it has not been properly maintained. Other times, a ride operator makes a mistake and causes a malfunction.

 Whatever the reason, ride accidents are usually horrifying for the individuals on the ride as well as spectators watching from the ground. When negligent design, manufacture, construction, or operation is the cause of a ride accident which causes injury or death, a personal injury lawsuit can help recover damages.

Broken Track Being Blamed for Roller-Coaster Breakdown

An Illinois woman is reportedly out of the hospital after falling from a roller-coaster last month. The 45-year-old woman was attending the Plainfield Fest carnival when she decided to ride a roller coaster called the Iron Dragon. Another passenger on the Iron Dragon said, “Things started to feel really unstable. It felt like we sloped inward and crashed down… I saw a woman fly by me.”  Fortunately, the woman only fell about five feet. She was treated at a local hospital and released the same day. The accident is currently being investigated by the Illinois Department of Labor, Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division.

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Joliet bicycle accident attorney

Many people enjoy riding their bicycles in the summer, especially after a long winter. In Illinois, cyclists must obey the same traffic laws, signs, and signals that apply to motor vehicles. For example, bicyclists are required by law to ride in the same direction as vehicle traffic. However, even though bikes have the same rights as other vehicles, cyclists are much more likely to be injured in a motor vehicle collision.

Road rage is one issue that can have a significant impact on bicyclists. An aggressive driver who strikes a bicycle is likely to cause serious or fatal injuries. If you are hurt while riding your bike due to a road rage incident, you should seek legal advice and learn about your options for pursuing compensation from the driver who injured you.   

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Joliet car accident lawyer

The Chicago metropolitan area is among the most congested in the United States. The average driver spends an extra 111 hours in the car each year because of traffic. Along with the millions of cars on our roadways each day also comes an increased risk of car accidents and potential injury.

Some car crashes are minor, while others result in severe injuries with long-term effects or even permanent disability to drivers and occupants. Anyone injured in an auto accident should first seek medical attention for a complete diagnosis. If your accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, the next step is to contact a skilled personal injury lawyer who can fight for the compensation you deserve. 

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Will County personal injury lawyers

When you receive medical treatment or undergo surgery, you expect to receive the best possible care, including all necessary safety precautions and procedures. Unfortunately, that does not always occur. According to a Johns Hopkins study, more than 250,000 Americans die each year due to medical errors, while many thousands more are seriously injured, including long-term and permanent disabilities.

Many of these accidents are due to the negligence of medical staff and physicians, known legally as medical malpractice. Improperly trained staff and errors in judgment or care cause many injuries that severely impact an individual’s quality of life. If this happened to you or a loved one, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can fight for the compensation your family deserves.

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