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Questions about the psychology behind dog bites

When a dog owner witnesses their dog bite another person, perhaps a friend or a stranger, he or she may argue that they could never be held responsible because the dog has never bitten before. As the victim of a dog bite, you will probably be angry about the fact that a dog owner could claim to be not responsible for the actions of their pet.

Dog bites and legal action: Where to draw the line

Most commonly, when a person is bitten by a dog, they know the owner. This means that even if they suffered a significant amount of pain and had to pay medical bills as a result of the incident, they may still be reluctant to take legal action.

Was an injury due to bad lighting the fault of the premises?

When you are in your own home, you have the responsibility to create a safe environment for yourself, your family and any visitors to your home. When you become aware of a potential danger, it is very likely that you will act immediately in order to make it safe. When you are on a private premises, such as a restaurant or a health club, it is the responsibility of the premises owner to ensure that the environment is safe.

Injuries as a guest in an Illinois home

When you visit a friend or go to a dinner party in a private home, you obviously expect that you will be entering a safe environment. Therefore, when you become injured as a result of visiting someone else's home, it will probably be quite shocking. You may have to seek expensive medical treatment and take unpaid leave from work in order to recover, and this may leave you wondering whether you can and should take legal action.

Who is liable after a fall on a staircase?

Staircases can be one of the most common places where people fall, especially when using a particular staircase for the first time. While we might be used to using the staircase in our home and be prepared for any of the uneven steps, using a staircase in an unfamiliar place, such as a restaurant or a shopping mall, can be a different matter and can lead to dangerous falls.

Do I have a claim after a nightclub injury?

Nightclubs and bars can be chaotic places, and with the mix of alcohol, loud music volumes and low lighting, it can be a recipe for disaster. While it is very unlikely that you will be able to make a legal claim against a nightclub or bar for an accident that was a result of drunken behavior, it is possible in many cases to prove that the establishment acted negligently, and therefore, that they are liable for the accident that occurred.

Animal owners may have to pay big if their animal bites someone

There are many pet owners in Chicago, Illinois. Hopefully, most of them keep their animals inside, behind a fence or on a leash, in order to prevent the animals from intruding upon the person or property of other people. If they don't, and their animal bites someone, the owner may face a very expensive premises liability case.

Do you have to shovel your sidewalk?

Despite hopes that winter would end early Chicago, Illinois, that hasn't happened. The windy city has been the cold city, much to the distress of residents who dream of summer. Due to the ongoing low temperatures, there may yet be snowfalls before the weather improves. Snow can result in slippery sidewalks and corresponding premises liability. Let's address a few questions about that.

Stairs can be a source of injuries

Chicago, Illinois, has some of the most impressive buildings in the world, as well as other buildings that are lesser known. Those buildings are sites of bustling commerce, with everyone from billionaire CEOs to minimum wage clerks going in and out of them every day. Naturally, most of those people use the buildings' stairs, both in entering and exiting the building and within the building. When someone slips and falls on the stairs and gets injured, there can be a premises liability case.

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