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What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is a legal theory related to personal injury law governing the responsibility of a property owner to protect the safety of those on his or her premises. Many personal injury cases revolve around the legal concept of “Neglect.” (Learn more about the concept of Neglect in personal injury cases.) Such is the case with premises liability cases. Plaintiffs in premises liability claims must often prove that the property owner neglected their responsibility to maintain the safety of the property, failing to maintain reasonable care in the property’s maintenance.

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Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries

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Skiing and snowboarding are popular hobbies across the world. Unfortunately, both activities come with their own inherent risks. As such, many people assume there is little or no cause of action when someone is injured in a ski or snowboarding accident. The fact is, under the legal theory of negligence, many common ski and snowboard accidents fall squarely under the heading of personal injury liability.

Injuries sustained in skiing and snowboarding accidents can run the gamut, ranging from minor bumps and bruises to fractured bones, brain injuries, or even critical harm and death. (A recent CDC study found an increase in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury resulting from skiing and snowboarding accidents nationwide, and children and adolescents were found to be those most affected.)

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Premises Liability Claims

Many people assume that when one suffers injury on the property of another (particularly a business or commercial property) the owner of that property is automatically liable for damages resulting from the injury. The fact is that Illinois' Premises Liability Law ascribes that liability to an owner or occupier only in very specific circumstances.

One of the reasons for this is that individuals bear a good portion of the responsibility for their own safety. And the myriad of circumstances under which an individual can suffer harm on another person's property can be dizzying.

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