Dangerous Property Conditions

When you, or a loved one, are a guest, visitor or a tenant living on another person’s property, there are certain duties that a property owner or occupant owes to you.

In Illinois, property owners and occupants owe a duty of reasonable care to entrants—to keep property reasonably safe, make repairs, and maintain their property.

A dangerous condition is a defect related to property that creates a substantial risk of injury when a property is used in a reasonably foreseeable manner.

The property owner or occupant becomes liable (legally responsible) for dangerous conditions of the land if he or she:

  1. Knows or in the exercise of reasonable care would discover the condition and should realize that the condition involves an unreasonable risk of harm to entrants;
  2. Should expect that such entrants will not discover or realize the danger, or will fail to protect themselves against it;
  3. Fails to exercise reasonable care to protect those lawfully on said property.

If you were a visitor on another person’s property, whether the property was private or commercial, and you suffered injures as a result of a dangerous condition on that property, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover for the damages you sustained.

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Common Dangerous Conditions include:

  • Bad lighting

  • Defective guardrails
  • Falling objects
  • Hidden hazards, such as holes or cluttered walkways

  • Improper security
  • Poorly designed ramps or stairs
  • Slippery conditions, such as a spill inside a business
  • Tripping hazards
  • Uneven/cracked pavement
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