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Illinois premises liability lawyerThough the weather is changing, as it always does to pronounced effect in Chicago this time of year, some beer gardens and back patios remain open to patrons. Such outdoor areas are popular with individuals who enjoy bringing a canine friend to watch the game with under darkening autumn skies. For public safety, importantly, both pet owners and businesses that allow pets on the premises have a responsibility to protect patrons from harm. When that responsibility is abrogated, an experienced Park Ridge personal injury attorney is there for you.

Dog Bites Are Often the Result of the Negligence of a Person or Business

Most dogs are friendly, lovable creatures. But some, whether as a result of nature, a history of trauma, or fear aggression brought on by a stressful environment, may bite, lunge, or run. A dog bite, especially by a large and powerful breed, can cause serious injuries. In addition, a lunging or sprinting dog, when making contact, may cause a slip or fall that results in injuries. When either scenario, a dog bite or dog-related slip and fall occurs, it is only right the dog owner be held responsible for the harms caused by the animal.

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Illinois injury lawyerIllinois businesses owe state residents a duty of care in protecting them from on-site injuries or exposure to hazardous chemicals or waste. This duty is above and beyond what individuals owe to one another in daily life in ordinary civil society. This is because businesses are soliciting the business of its customers in an effort to exchange goods or services for financial compensation.

A customer, in the eyes of the law, is what is known as an “invitee.” Invitees, importantly, are owed elevating safekeeping under state law. To put this duty in practical terms, the example of a grocery store – a business common to all – is helpful. With all of the people milling about a grocer’s aisles, shopping carts being pushed around (sometimes wildly by children), and some senior citizens utilized motorized shopping vehicles, it is not uncommon for there to be a spill of solid or liquid food on the store’s tile floors. Owing a duty to its “invitee” customer, the grocery store, as a business, must promptly clean up this spills and, in the process, post warning signs to alert customers of the danger of slick floors.

Businesses Owe an Elevated Duty of Care to Invitees

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Park Ridge Bar Fight Injuries LawyerSeptember is a unique time for Chicago area sports fans. The baseball season has reached its home stretch, the NBA preseason is just around the corner, and, most notably, both college and pro football have begun. With so much action happening, sports fans are fired up.

At local bars, it can be hard to stick to just one of the many massive flat screen TVs showing games. All too often, a peaceful viewing experience can be difficult to find on big game days. Sports are all about rivalries, and due to conflicting allegiances, both regionally and nationally, the atmosphere in sports bars can become tense – hostile, even – when rival fans are present.

Often, disputes arise during close games, and the presence of alcohol only serves to escalate tensions, providing the “fire to the fuse” in these conflicts. Whether in a bar, at a tailgate, or at home, alcohol is all-pervasive when it comes to sports viewing. Because games can last for several hours, including the pre-game run-up, it is not uncommon for a significant number of drinks to be consumed. Heated rivalries plus alcohol plus the viewing of often violent on-the-field conduct creates a recipe for conflict that can and does result in fighting. As such, it is important to know what to do and where to turn if you have been injured in an altercation.

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