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:
- 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;
- Should expect that such entrants will not discover or realize the danger, or will fail to protect themselves against it;
- 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.
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