5 People Injured after Illinois Restaurant Fire

Many businesses around Chicago and the surrounding suburbs open their doors to the public by serving food, selling clothes, or trading in other goods. When a business operates within Illinois, it is governed by state specific rules that make sure an establishment is safe for all those who may enter, including the structure itself, interior areas like stairwells and elevators, and the exterior of the building including any areas walked by pedestrians. Failing to keep a building in a safe manner may be a violation of the law and may cause the building’s owner and/or manager to be legally liable for any injuries that result.

The damages that stem from a premises liability accident in Chicago can range from minor to severe. In some cases, an incident can prove fatal if a victim loses his or her life. While the nature of injuries may vary, the relief possible is often similar; victims in Illinois can seek recovery for their losses, both monetary and other, through the use of a civil claim. It may be possible to obtain payment for medical expenses, lost wages missed while taking time off work, pain and suffering, and any other damages that result. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in the Chicago area can help you understand your legal options if you have been hurt in a premises liability accident.

Details are still emerging regarding a Tuesday afternoon fire in an Elmhurst restaurant that left three people injured. At this time, officials believe that the fire began at the site of a gas line repair but it is not clear what caused the initial spark. Emergency medical personnel evaluated five people who were injured in the incident, which occurred near Illinois 83 and St. Charles Road, and treated two on the scene. The remaining three victims were transported to area hospitals with one victim taken to the burn unit at Loyola University Medical Center. The extent of their injuries are not clear at this time.

Firefighters from several agencies responded to the scene and successfully extinguished the fire. An investigation into the incident is ongoing at this time as authorities attempt to understand the facts that led to the fire.

If you have been involved in an incident at a restaurant, store, or other establishment that left you injured, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation for your damages. The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call and to help you understand your legal options.

We offer all injury victims and their families a free case consultation without any obligation on their part and everything discussed will be kept confidential. We can be reached toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and at Abels & Annes, P.C., you will speak with a licensed lawyer when you call. If you prefer to meet with us in person but you are too injured to travel to our offices, we also offer free in-home and in-hospital consultations so that you can receive the information you deserve, whenever you need it.

If you have been injured in an accident, do not continue to suffer in silence. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the recovery you deserve.

Prior Blog Entry:

Accidents involving High Profile Vehicles in Heavy Wind, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published September 23, 2014.


1 person transferred to burn unit after Elmhurst restaurant fire, by Annemarie Mannion, Chicago Tribune, published September 23, 2014.


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