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Frequently Asked

Yes, the grocery store had an obligation to you, the customer, to keep the premises safe from hazards. Leaving standing water on the ground and failing to put out a caution sign put you at great risk. Their negligence will likely make them responsible for your injuries.

The circumstances of the case will likely decide who is liable. If you entered the property without permission from the property owner, you will be responsible for your injuries, unless if the injured individual in question is a child. However, the owner will be held responsible if he or she knew of a specific risk, failed to reduce the risk, and still allowed you to enter the property.

At TorHoerman Law, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation. It won’t cost you anything to discuss your case with us, and, we work on a contingency basis which means you won’t owe anything up-front or out of pocket unless we win your case.

What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability, also known as occupiers’ liability, is defined as “the liability that a landowner or occupier has for certain torts that occur on their land.” 

A tort in the legal world is defined as “an act or omission that gives rise to injury or harm to another and amounts to a civil wrong for which courts impose liability.” Essentially, a tort could be any personal injury, and in terms of premises liability law, an injury which occurred on someone else’s property.

Understanding your personal premises can help you avoid an unwanted premises liability lawsuit. You should also be aware of other people’s premises. If you suffer a personal injury on another person’s premises, they may be liable to pay for your injuries.


Common Premises Liability Accidents

Premises liability accidents can occur in several different ways. Hazardous conditions such as uneven pavement, standing water, falling debris, crumbling curbs, uncleared snow or ice, negligent or inadequate security, insufficient lighting, or defects in furniture can lead to accidents including but not limited to:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Falling down the stairs
  • Construction site negligence
  • Dog bites
  • Drowning
  • Hotel accidents
  • Parking lot accidents
  • Electrocution
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Lacerations or cuts
  • Head and neck injuries

If you, a family member, or friend has been injured in a premises liability accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Even if you do not think the injury is severe enough for medical treatment, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Medical documentation of treatment will play an essential part in your future Edwardsville premises liability lawsuit. After receiving medical treatment, immediately notify the individual or organization in charge of the premises where the accident occurred. You have a legal obligation to notify the owner or occupier of any injuries that occur on the property. Providing notice both in writing and verbally is ideal.

If you have any questions about the steps to take after your injury, our team of premises liability attorneys can offer legal representation and advice.

Premises Liability in Edwardsville, IL

According to Illinois law, the person(s) in control of the property (premises) is the individual or group who currently occupies and controls access to the premises. The property owner may not necessarily be liable for incidents that occur on his/her property if another party — such as a tenant — controls who is allowed on the property on a daily basis.

There are a few stipulations: 

  • If you were invited onto the property and subsequently suffered an injury, either the owner or current property occupier may be held liable. 
  • If you illegally entered a property without permission, any obligation or liability from the person “in control” of the premises is relieved. You CANNOT file a suit if you entered a property illegally. 

If an individual or organization that owned or occupied a property acted in a negligent, careless, or unlawful way, there is a good chance they will be held liable for the accident.


"Duty of Care" Explained

Illinois law defines a “duty of care” – an obligation that the person controlling the property owes to any person invited onto the property. They must make an effort to mitigate any injuries to invitees by creating a safe and functional environment on their property.

If the duty of care is not met, the injured party has a right to take legal action. If you suffer a personal injury on another person’s premises, and the incident could have been avoided if that person met the duty of care, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.


Compensation for Accidents on Private Property

When you, a family member, or friend has suffered an injury on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for those injuries. In an Edwardsville premises liability lawsuit, there are two main goals:

  1. Hold the occupier of the premises accountable for your injuries
  2. Recover damages for your injuries in the form of monetary compensation.

All of the hardships you may have endured: the injury, medical bills, rehabilitative surgery, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and wages lost due to inability to work will “add up”. When your lawyer files your case and subsequently begins negotiating with the defendant, they will list your damages in order to place a value on your sufferings which corresponds to the compensation amount.

Everything you have suffered as a result of the injury will equal the amount of compensation you deserve.

Edwardsville Premises Liability Lawyer

Understanding and interpreting laws surrounding premises liability cases is not easy. Attorneys at TorHoerman Law have made it their mission to represent people who have been wronged by others and achieve justice and compensation for their claims. Our Premises Liability Team will do everything in their power to make sure your case is as successful as possible. 

Contact TorHoerman Law Firm for a no-obligation Edwardsville premises liability initial consultation. An attorney would be happy to answer any questions you may have, free of charge.

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“Tort.”Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School, 14 June 2017,

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