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IL injury lawyerAmericans eat out more now than they ever have and that trend seems likely to continue. While the vast majority of restaurant visits are safe, restaurants have many potential hazards that can result in serious personal injury. Even with the best care, not all of these injuries can be prevented; however, negligence on the part of a restaurant owner, manager, or staff can cause injuries that could have been avoided with proper care. If you were hurt as a customer or visitor at a Waukegan restaurant because of conditions caused by a restaurant’s failure to meet the duty of care they owe their patrons, you may want to contact a personal injury lawyer.

What Are the Most Common Restaurant Injuries?

A surprising variety of injuries can occur at a restaurant, both in and around the premises. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Slips from spilled food and drink
  • Falling downstairs
  • Uneven pavement
  • Cuts from broken glass or ceramic
  • Burns
  • Food poisoning
  • Inadequately lit parking lots
  • Allergic reactions
  • Dangerous actions by employees, such as assault

A restaurant is responsible for providing a duty of care to visitors, which means they must keep the premises safe and clean. Even if someone is merely using the bathroom in the restaurant and is not actually purchasing food or drink, the restaurant still owes this duty of care. If a hazard exists, such as a wet floor, and cannot be immediately remedied, a restaurant must warn visitors of the hazard. Poor maintenance, inadequate supervision of the premises, and even failure to conduct appropriate background checks on employees can make a restaurant liable for injuries that occur on-site.

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IL accident lawyerMost people visit grocery stores and other retail stores at least a couple of times a week. Many rely on stores to buy food, clothes, home goods, and more. The last thing most shoppers expect is to leave a retail store in an ambulance.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a retail store or other commercial business, you may wonder what your legal options are. In some cases, injured customers may be able to sue a retail store for damages. The injured person may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.

Liability for Injuries in a Store or Other Business

The owners and managers of commercial properties have a legal obligation to ensure that their property is relatively safe for customers. Businesses cannot prevent every conceivable injury from occurring, however, businesses do need to take reasonable steps to prevent injuries. This includes keeping the store clean and free of dangerous hazards. If a business’s negligence leads a customer to be injured, the business may be liable for monetary damages.

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IL injury lawyerWhen you rent a house or apartment, you are expected to pay rent and fulfill any other responsibilities outlined in your lease. In turn, your landlord is expected to maintain the property and keep it in a safe condition. Unfortunately, as many renters can attest to, landlords and property owners do not always fulfill their end of the bargain. If you or a loved one were injured due to an unsafe condition in your rental property, you may be able to sue for damages. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages from missed work, pain and suffering, and more.

Injury-Causing Accidents Caused by Landlord Negligence

Property owners, property managers, and landlords have certain legal obligations. One such obligation is to keep their properties in reasonably safe condition. This includes ensuring that any necessary maintenance is completed and warning tenants if an unsafe condition does exist.

Rental property injuries may involve:

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My Neighbor’s Dog Bit Me. Can I Sue?

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IL injury lawyerMost dogs are lovable, furry companions. Unfortunately, not all dogs live up to this reputation. Dog attacks can leave victims with horrible injuries including facial lacerations, damage to the hands and fingers, and deep puncture wounds. Because dogs’ saliva is teeming with bacteria and other pathogens, dog bites injuries can also become dangerously infected. Sometimes, dog attacks are even fatal – especially when the victim is a child. If you or a loved one were bitten by a dog, you may wonder if you can sue the dog’s owner. The answer to that question varies, but in most cases, it is possible to sue a negligent dog owner for dog attack injuries.

Illinois Law Regarding Dog Attacks

States handle dog bite liability differently. In some states, a dog owner is not responsible for dog-related injuries unless he or she knew that the dog was aggressive. These are sometimes called “one-bite” states because the owner often avoids liability for a first-time dog attack. Illinois is not a one-bite state. In Illinois, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs if:

  • The victim was on public property such as a park or public sidewalk or lawfully on private property at the time of the attack
  • The injuries were caused by the dog
  • The victim did not provoke the dog

Put another way, as long as you were not intentionally provoking the dog or trespassing, the dog owner is most likely liable for dog bite injuries. In Illinois, dog owners are also liable for non-bite injuries caused by a dog. For example, if a dog knocks you to the ground and you sustain a traumatic brain injury, the dog owner may be liable.

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IL injury lawyerAs a parent with school-aged children, you probably trust that your children are safe and well-cared for when they are within the school property. You assume that teachers, custodians, administrators, cafeteria workers, and other school staff will uphold the high expectations you have of them. Unfortunately, some schools miss the mark. If your child was injured or killed due to unreasonably unsafe conditions at their school, you may be able to sue the school and recover damages. However, doing so is a complicated legal process.

When Is a School Liable for a Child Injury?

It is important to keep in mind that suing a public school is quite different than suing a non-government individual or establishment. In a typical personal injury claim, the injured person may sue a party because that party’s negligence, meaning carelessness or recklessness, caused the injury. However, public schools and other government entities are treated differently under Illinois law.

In Illinois, you can only successfully sue a school or school district for s child’s injury if the school or a school employee is acted with “willful and wanton” misconduct. Proving that a school employee acted negligently is not enough.

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