Under Illinois law, the owner of property is responsible for providing a safe environment for any guests or people who have the right to be on or near the property. The Chicago premises liability attorneys of Lucas & Cárdenas represent the interests of anyone who has suffered personal harm due to the failure of a property owner—an individual or a business– to take reasonable steps to ensure that the building or premises is safe to those who use or occupy it.
People Injured On The Property of Others
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to recover financially to help with the payment of your medical bills and to offset your out of pocket expenses and lost wages during your physical recovery.
Do You Have Grounds to Pursue a Premises Liability Lawsuit?
Premises liability is defined as the legal responsibility of a property owner or manager to take what are deemed as reasonable steps to prevent injuries on the property. Whenever an accident occurs, it is important to investigate whether the property owner either knew or should have know of the hazard that caused the injury or made sure that the property was constructed and maintained according to building codes and ordinances. Examples of Chicago personal injury cases that fall under the area of premises liability law include the following:
- Slip, trip and fall accidents. These types of accidents are the most common source of injury in the United States and may occur due to improperly maintained stairways, hallways or walkways. Owners are expected to keep these communal areas clean and ensure they are properly lighted so that people can see where they are walking and reasonable measures must be taken to keep sidewalks free of ice and debris.
- Presence of biohazards. Lead, mold and carbon monoxide are several examples of toxic materials that may present a risk of harm to tenants and their guests. It is the responsibility of property owners to inspect their properties regularly to ensure that there are not any gas leaks and that furnaces, stoves and smoke detectors are working properly. It is also advisable that the smoke detectors used are able to detect carbon monoxide.
- Drowning accidents that are due to the failure of the property owner to keep the pool area secure and closed off from the public while unsupervised.
- Structural defects, such as poorly designed balconies. Property owners are required to repair and maintain their buildings so that residents or visitors are not subject to injury when a structure collapses.
Our Chicago premises liability lawyers regularly represent in their claims and lawsuits involving incidents such as slip and fall. We have experience negotiating settlements with the property owners’ insurance companies in the best interest of our clients related to all types of personal injury claims involving premises liability law. We believe that neither you nor your family should bear the cost of your medical treatment and other incidental expenses because somebody else failed to act responsibly.