We trust the places we visit or stores we shop in are kept in a safe condition. No one expects a routine trip to the grocery store to end with an injury. In Illinois, the owner of a property has the duty to use “ordinary care” to make sure that the property is “reasonably safe” for the use of customers, employees, tenants and visitors on the property. Any property owner or property manager who fails to take reasonable precautions to maintain safe conditions on his property may be liable for any injuries that result. A property owner may also be liable if he fails to adequately warn people of dangerous conditions on his property. You may have heard of these types of premises liability cases referred to as “slip and falls.” All types of properties are subject to premises liability laws, including commercial stores, public spaces and residential properties (such as private homes or rental apartments).
There are many kinds of dangerous property conditions. For example, a hotel’s floor may have been defectively built and is full of cracks that guests may trip on. Or, an employee may fail to place caution signs near a recently cleaned-up spill to warn customers that the floor may still be wet. A property may be dangerous because of a lack of security measures. For example, a bar owner may be liable if a she knows that customers tend to get into fights yet she fails to provide security guards to protect innocent patrons.
If you, or a loved one, have suffered injuries because of unsafe conditions on a property you may have a claim. The attorneys of Keating Law Offices have experience helping victims of inadequately maintained properties. Whether you, or a loved one, were injured while visiting a business, home, or other location, we can help you. Please contact us today.
Common Types of Unsafe Property Conditions:
- Flooring that is defective or old
- Inadequate lighting
- Inadequate or improperly trained security guards
- Lack of cleanup of spills
- No repairs of known safety issues
- Staircases without handrails or grips