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What If Trespassing

In a premises liability case, only invitees and licensees are permitted to sue the property or business owner for negligence causing their injuries. If you were a trespasser, then you are not entitled to take any legal action against them since you were not permitted there in the first place. In Illinois,......

Who Can Make a Claim

In a premises liability lawsuit, the plaintiff is suing the defendant, who is typically a property or business owner, for the injuries and damages that they suffered due to their negligence. This negligence is based off of the proof that the defendant knew or should have known of a dangerous condition or risk on their property and failed to take the proper measu......

Who Can Make a Claim

In a premises liability lawsuit, the plaintiff is suing the defendant, who is typically a property or business owner, for the injuries and damages that they suffered due to their negligence. This negligence is based off of the proof that the defendant knew or should have known of a dangerous condition or risk on their property and failed to take the proper measu......

Types of Accidents

Premises liability laws cover many types of accidents and injuries, but it essentially is meant to allow the injured party to sue the owner of the property where their injury occurred for breaching their duty of care owed and negligence. The typical types of injuries and accidents can cover a vast range of events. ...

Defenses

It is helpful to know some of the defenses to a premises liability lawsuit, so that you and your attorney can plan around what arguments may be raised by the other side. Some of the most common defenses are assumption of the risk, contributory negligence, and comparative negligence. Assumption of the risk......

Sue City/Town

In the event that you trip or slip and fall from a cracked or uneven public sidewalk, you may be able to sue the city or town’s government in which it occurred, depending on where you live. But, there are some important key factors to keep in mind that may limit your claim. Here in Illinois, Illinois laws and statutes give the government immunities regarding cla......

What Must Be Proven

As the injured party or plaintiff in a premises liability lawsuit, there are a few things that you will have to prove on your part in order for your case to be considered viable so each party can proceed with preparing their arguments. First, you must be able to prove that the defendant is the property ow......

Duties Owed

A property owner owes guests and visitors a certain duty of care to ensure their safety and enjoyment. When this duty of care is breached and it causes a person injury, they may be liable for negligence; that is the premise of a premises liability lawsuit. There are a few types of entrants that can be distinguished: invitees, licensees, and trespassers.  ...

After I'm Injured

After you are injured in a premises liability accident, there are a few things that you should keep in mind and consider in a timely manner. First, you or someone that you are with should note your surroundings, and take many pictures of the accident, the area, and your injuries. This is to help the attorneys see the conditions of the property to make judgements......

What Can I Recover

After a premises liability lawsuit in Illinois, you, as the plaintiff, may be able to recover some monetary damages. First, it is important to note that Illinois follows the law of modified contributory negligence. This means that if the court finds you a certain percentage “guilty” or at-fault for the accident, where you contributed to your injuries to a degree......

Most Common Cases

Of all the possibilities of premises liability accidents that can occur in a wide array of settings, the most commonly reported is a slip and fall accident. These involve slipping on a spilled liquid, uneven flooring, or falling due to a weak foundation. They can even be deadly, especially for the elderly. Also, swimming pool accidents are very common. This can ......

Premises Liability Accident Stats

Premises liability lawsuits, when the plaintiff was injured on the defendant’s property due to their negligence in exercising reasonable care for their entrants, are more common than people may think. The U.S. Department of Justice reported that in 2001, premises liability cases accounted for 11% of civil cases disposed of by trial. They also reported that each ......

IL Premises Liability

Each state has different statutes describing premises liability law as it is enforced in their state. In Illinois, the Illinois Premises Liability Act was created to guide both parties in how to handle these types of cases. This is statute 740 ILCS 130 of the Premises Liability Act, which allows individuals, who are injured due to the environment of a property, ......

How ALF Helps

Premises liability cases can cause significant physical, emotional, and psychological distress. We at Agruss Law Firm are here to help see if you have a viable case and strongly defend you and your rights. This type of personal injury case allows you to sue the owner of the property where you were injured if it was due to, most commonly, negligence. ...

What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is a concept and subcategory of personal injury lawsuits that you can file. It essentially gives a person the right to sue the owner of the property in the event that that person was injured on their property. Most of these lawsuits are based on negligence. To prove negligence occurred, you must be able to prove that the property owner owed yo......

What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is a concept and subcategory of personal injury lawsuits that you can file. It essentially gives a person the right to sue the owner of the property in the event that that person was injured on their property. Most of these lawsuits are based on negligence. To prove negligence occurred, you must be able to prove that the property owner owed yo......

Dram Shop Owners

A premises liability accident is when a person gets injured on another party’s property. When this happens, as long as the injured party is not a trespasser, Illinois law allows the injured party to sue the owner of the property for being responsible for negligence and causing their injury and any damages that occurred. There are various types of responsible par......

Business Owners

A premises liability accident is when a person gets injured on another party’s property. When this happens, as long as the injured party is not a trespasser, Illinois law allows the injured party to sue the owner of the property for being responsible for negligence and causing their injury and any damages that occurred. There are various types of responsible par......

Condo Owners Association

A premises liability accident is when a person gets injured on another party’s property. When this happens, as long as the injured party is not a trespasser, Illinois law allows the injured party to sue the owner of the property for being responsible for negligence and causing their injury and any damages that occurred. There are various types of responsible par......

Property Managers

A premises liability accident is when a person gets injured on another party’s property. When this happens, as long as the injured party is not a trespasser, Illinois law allows the injured party to sue the owner of the property for being responsible for negligence and causing their injury and any damages that occurred. There are various types of responsible par......

Renters or Lessees

A premises liability accident is when a person gets injured on another party’s property. When this happens, as long as the injured party is not a trespasser, Illinois law allows the injured party to sue the owner of the property for being responsible for negligence and causing their injury and any damages that occurred. There are various types of responsible par......

Property Owners

A premises liability accident is when a person gets injured on another party’s property. When this happens, as long as the injured party is not a trespasser, Illinois law allows the injured party to sue the owner of the property for being responsible for negligence and causing their injury and any damages that occurred. There are various types of responsible par......

Torn Ligaments and Muscle Strain

After your premises liability accident, you can file an injury claim to recover the costs that you incurred due to this injury. One injury that may occur that you can claim is torn ligaments or muscle strains. A torn ligament is when one of the bands of tissue connecting bone to bone is torn, perhaps more well known as a “sprain”. On the other hand, a muscle str......

Paralysis

In a premises liability accident, you have the ability to make a claim for injuries to recover the damages and costs associated with it. One of your injuries may be paralysis, where you lose muscle function of an area of your body. Whether it is a temporary or permanent disability, it is one of the more debilitating injuries that a person can suffer from since i......

Burns

One type of injury that can occur from a premises liability accident are various degrees of burns to the body. First degree burns are considered more minor and affect only the skin, second degree burns into deeper layers of the skin, and third degree burns are the most serious and can affect deep tissue beyond the skin layers. This can cause permanent damage and......

Loss of Limbs

One of the most severe and life-changing injuries that can come of a premises liability accident is the loss of limbs, otherwise known as amputation. Amputations can be either intentional or unintentional. An unintentional amputation is the result of an injury or condition that is so severe that one has to undergo surgical amputation due to no other choice. Inte......

Road Rash

When your premises liability accident involves you getting thrown onto the road or a car crash, you may have suffered from “road rash”. Road rash is commonly known as an injury to the outer layer of your skin when it gets scraped off due to a strong impact with a road or other hard object. Although, it can certainly wipe out several layers of skin and become a m......

TJX Credit Card

Creditors like The TJX Credit Card cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Synchrony Bank violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Synchrony Bank will pay our fees and costs. You won’......

Dollar Dime Recovery Solutions

Debt collectors like Dollar Dime Recovery Solutions cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Dollar Dime Recovery Solutions violated the law, you will get money damages and they will pay your attorney’s fees and costs. ......

Volkswagen Service Card

Creditors like The Volkswagen Service Card cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If The Volkswagen Service Card violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and The Volkswagen Service Card will pay ......

Tractor Supply Company® Personal Credit Card

Creditors like The Tractor Supply Company® Personal Credit Card cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If The Tractor Supply Company® Personal Credit Card violated the law, you may be entitled to money......

Toro Credit Card

Creditors like The Toro Credit Card cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If the Toro Credit Card violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and the Toro Credit Card will pay our fees and costs. Y......

The Tire Kingdom Credit Card

Creditors like The Tire Kingdom Credit Card cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If The Tire Kingdom Credit Card violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and The Tire Kingdom Credit Card will p......

The National Tire & Battery Credit Card

Creditors like The National Tire & Battery Credit Card cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If The National Tire & Battery Credit Card violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and The N......

The Merchant Tire Credit Card

Creditors like The Merchant's Tire Credit Card cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If The Merchant's Tire Credit Card violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and The Merchant's Tire Credit Ca......

The Just Tires Credit Card

Creditors like The Just Tires Credit Card cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If The Just Tires Credit Card violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and The Just Tires Credit Card will pay our......

The Home Depot Consumer Credit Card

Creditors like the Home Depot Consumer Credit Card cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If the Home Depot Consumer Credit Card violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and the Home Depot Consum......

The Goodyear Credit Card

Creditors like The Goodyear Credit Card cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If The Goodyear Credit Card violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and The Goodyear Credit Card will pay our fees ......

The Brooks Card

Creditors like The Brooks Card cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If The Brooks Card violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and The Brooks Card will pay our fees and costs. You won’t ......

The Brooks Brothers Platinum Mastercard

Creditors like The Brooks Brothers Platinum Mastercard cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If The Brooks Brothers Platinum Mastercard violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and The Brooks Br......

Staples Personal Credit Card

Creditors like Staples Personal Credit Card cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Staples Personal Credit Card violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Staples Personal Credit Card will p......

Sidney Thomas Jewelers

Creditors like Sidney Thomas Jewelers cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Sidney Thomas Jewelers violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Sidney Thomas Jewelers will pay our fees and co......

Sears Mastercard

Creditors like Sears Mastercard cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Sears Mastercard violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Sears Mastercard will pay our fees and costs. You won&rsquo......

Sears Home Improvement Account

Creditors like Sears Home Improvement Account cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Sears Home Improvement Account violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Sears Home Improvement Account ......

Bruises, Cuts and Scrapes

One of the most common injuries in premises liability accidents are bruises, cuts, and scrapes. These can be from just about any type of accident involving a body blow or coming into contact with something sharp. In your premises liability lawsuit, you can make this claim a part of your case to recover monetary awards for the suffering that you have experienced.......

Neck Injuries

One injury that a victim of a premises liability accident may suffer from is a neck injury. These are typically seen in accidents on a property where there was a slip and fall, a falling object, or a protruding object. Your attorney can work with you to collect evidence of how it has affected your life in order for you to make a claim for your neck injury. ...

Brain Injury

The brain is one of our body’s most important organs and handles an endless amount of tasks to facilitate our body’s proper functioning. From stories that we typically hear, many people’s greatest fear is suffering from a brain injury. For premises liability accident victims, this fear becomes a frightening reality. That is why in your lawsuit, you can make a cl......

Brain Injury

The brain is one of our body’s most important organs and handles an endless amount of tasks to facilitate our body’s proper functioning. From stories that we typically hear, many people’s greatest fear is suffering from a brain injury. For premises liability accident victims, this fear becomes a frightening reality. That is why in your lawsuit, you can make a cl......

Back Injuries

Back injuries are a common injury in premises liability cases that can arise from accidents such as a car crash, a slip and fall, or a fall from a high height. With the help of one of our attorneys, we can file a claim for you to be compensated for the costs associated with your back injury. More severe c......

Broken Bones

A premises liability accident is when you are injured on someone else’s property due to their negligence. These can result in a variety of injuries ranging with respect to the setting and severity of the accident. One injury that a victim can suffer is broken bones. Broken bones can be the result of a harsh fall from a deck collapse, a slip and fall, a trip and ......

Texas Company Fined $3 Million in Tenant Screening Report Accuracy Case

Landlords have a lot invested in their property. It’s understandable that they want to rent to responsible, trustworthy tenants. Naturally, they have a system for checking tenants before making the decision to rent or not. Potential tenants, in turn, expect that the information landlords receive about them is accurate. But what happens if it isn’t? ...

Court Rules Credit Inquiry Is an Attempt to Collect Debt

Americans use a great deal of credit. From big-ticket purchases like cars to student loans to credit cards for medical bills, we are in the habit of borrowing first and paying back later. Problems can arise for all kinds of legitimate reasons, leading to debt collection attempts. Consumers can avoid problems by learning about their rights. The federal Consumer Credit Protection Act, ......

Highlights of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Annual Report

Debt collectors and consumers who buy on credit have one thing in common: they should both pay attention to The Fair Debt Collection Act Annual Report. Released in March 2019, this yearly report contains information that can greatly affect both parties.&nbs......

The Three Major Credit Reporting Agencies

None of us think too much about a credit reporting agency until we need to open a line of credit. We fill out the application at the business or online and then we wait. While we are waiting, credit reporting agencies do their work.  Credit reporting agencies are private companies that sell information about credit history to potential creditors. They aggregate data on your spen......

What Do Companies Look for in Background Checks?

Business owners and HR professionals know that background checks are an essential part of the hiring process. What advantages do they offer employers, and what do companies look for when performing background checks? There are many good reasons to perform background checks when screening candidates, including helping the company make good hiring decisions, protecting the business fro......

What do Background Checks Reveal?

As you sign the release at the bottom of your employment application giving permission for a background check, you might wonder exactly what that investigation will reveal. What information might come to light as people rummage around in your past? The reasons for checking can vary, from a routine criminal background check that most potential employers require to an in-depth perusal ......

The Dark Side of Forced Arbitration

Do you recall that thick stack of papers you were asked to sign when you got your last job? Did you read the fine print on the contract you signed when you bought your last car? If you’re like most of us, you don’t remember what you signed and you didn’t read every page of that agreement. And in general, you won’t ever need to know what all that legal verbiage......

Mortgage Lenders and Servicers: What’s the Difference?

When home buyers approach a local bank or credit union for a home loan, they often think the institution will handle the mortgage entirely. This is not always true. As many homeowners learned during the implosion of the mortgage business in 2007, it’s critical to know the difference between a mortgage lender and servicer.  The mortgage lender sometimes referred to as the o......

The Most Dangerous Intersections in Illinois

Driving on today’s high-speed interstates and often overcrowded surface streets can test the ability of any driver. In 2018, there were 1,031 traffic fatalities in Illinois, most of them on busy city streets. And of the crashes that occur on city streets, quite a few clusters around intersections. Why are......

Debt Collection Statistics in the United States

With credit cards, high-interest loans, mortgages, medical expenses, and more, Americans have a plethora of ways to get themselves in the red. As a result, 80% of Americans have at least one debt to their name, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts...

FTC Data About Collection Complaints

Debt collection is an enormous industry in the US, and it’s not always done correctly or ethically. As a result, there are hundreds of thousands of debt collection complaints made by US consumers every year. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) collects and analyzes this data using the Consumer Sentinel Network, but very little of this information is actually published. A few yea......

Dog Bite Law in Illinois

Your poodle nips a houseguest on the leg, breaking ......

2019 Illinois Child Seat Laws

Starting New Year’s Day of this year, Illinois parents face a fine if they did not have the proper rear-facing child seat for their children aged two or under. The new law states that “children under age two [must] be properly secured in a rear-facing child restraint system unless they weigh more than 40 pounds or are more than 40 inches tall. Children must rema......

Choosing a Nursing Home

Making the decision to move your elderly loved one to a nursing home is often overwhelming. Finding the right home may seem like a daunting task, but with thorough research and proper care, the perfect fit is right around the corner.  Moving into a home is a big decision, so make sure to include the indiv......

Alcohol-Related Accidents in Illinois: Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability

Recent data indicates that Illinois has one of the highest rates of driving under the influence of alcohol—nearly 4,000 people in the state were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver. In cases like these, there are several factors in sorting out responsibility for injuries or death caused by impaired driving.  Aside from the driver, Illinois is one of sever......

How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take to Settle?

Say you’ve been injured and are weighing the pros and cons of fighting your personal injury case in court. Maybe you are one of the nearly 100,0......

Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

90% of all personal injury cases are settled pre-trial before your personal injury lawyer ever sets foot in a courtroom. While the odds are high that your attorney, no matter who you hire, will be able to settle your case easily, there are still many questions you should ask before hiring a personal injury attorney.  ...

Child Passenger Safety / Illinois

A child is the most precious cargo that can be transported in your vehicle, but sometimes children aren’t well protected on the road. Statistics show that in Illinois, 25% of children who are unrestrained in a vehicle die if their vehicle crashes. However, child deaths can drop by 71% and injuries can be reduced by 67% with the use of car seats. These numbers sh......

Do I Have a Personal Injury Case in Illinois?

In 2014, Justin Wojtkowski, then age 29, was driving towards downtown Chicago on I-55 when traffic came to a halt. Wojtkowski’s vehicle was rear-ended by a Will County police car. Although he survived, Wojtkowski ...

Personal Injury Settlements

Tackling the legal system is a daunting proposition for most people. It becomes even more so when we are injured in an accident and seek to recover our losses. How much can a victim realistically expect to be awarded? Many factors determine an award, but according to Martindale-Nolo Research, the average compensation in the U.S. is $52,900. ...

Pain and Suffering Damages

Unfortunately, too many people experience pain and suffering due to the actions of others. To gain some recourse, these people have the option of pursuing pain and suffering damages. By learning about how insurance companies calculate these damages and keeping careful records, you can increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.  ...

Seniors and Credit Card Debt

It “started with back surgery,” explained one senior citizen who eventually declared bankruptcy. “I had several medical tests that my insurance did not cover. … The next thing I knew, the bills began piling up.” This senior citizen, whose story was told anonymously ...

Disputing an Error on Your Credit Report

Jerry Powell of Castle Rock, Colorado knows just how devastating an error on your credit report can be. At first, he couldn’t understand why he’d been turned down for the loan he needed to help him launch his new company, Takeaway Tables. It turns out the credit reporting agencies had ...

Safety Tips Before Getting in Your Next Uber or Lyft

At about 2 a.m. on March 29, Samantha Josephson, age 21, was wa......

Legislators Propose Tougher Penalties for Understaffed Illinois Nursing Homes

An investigation has found that around 6,000 patients in nursing homes in Illinois are being hospitalized every year after contracting sepsis. About one-fifth die as a result of their infections. The cause? Low staffing levels in nursing homes, which fall far below federal recommendations, may play a significant role.  ...