April 11, 2014

Two Fans Injured at Chicago Beyonce Concert File Lawsuit

by Levin & Perconti

Premises liability law not only includes keeping people from danger and injuries by remedying a known injury on the land and warning invitees, but it includes knowing of potential dangers in advance. For event organizers and property owners, this can be done by devising a plan in advance by observing the likelihood of injuries based upon the organizer’s past experience and present knowledge on the probability of dangers. In this way, the property owner takes steps to prevent invitees from suffering injuries by stopping injuries before they occur. When organizers and properly owners fail to do so and patrons fall victim to injuries that could have been foreseen, the organizers and owners can be held liable for negligence under premises liability law.

According to a recent article by CBS, this was an issue with a recent Beyonce concert in Chicago, where two concertgoers suffered injuries that arguably could have been prevented with proper planning and supervision over attendees. Two Chicago women purchased general admission tickets for a Beyonce concert at Chicago’s United Center and arrived hours early to obtain their spots in advance. However, when fans were finally allowed into the venue, the women were trampled in a stampede of fans. The rushing mob left them unconscious and with broken bones, among other injuries. They have now filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against The United Center, Live Nation Entertainment, and Beyonce. The lawsuit alleges that each party contributed to the confused and disorderly crowd that gathered outside the venue before the show.

The victims described how they arrived hours before the gates would open so that they could secure a good seat. They stated that as hours passed, the crowd continued to become larger, more dense, and anxious. People were not aware of when the gates would open and where they were supposed to enter. The venue’s personnel finally opened the gates without any instruction or system to allow for an orderly entrance. As a result, the women were trampled and they argue that the parties did nothing to prevent or discourage a mob from rushing inside when the gates were opened, but instead encouraged this to occur by its lack of system, set-up, and no effort for control.

Being that these tickets were general admission, this meant that the view or spot that fans acquired was not assigned but up to their own choosing. At such a big-name celebrity event, it is often very competitive to obtain a good spot, and fans, like these two women, will arrive hours in advance to line up in hopes of getting as close to the performance and celebrity as possible. It is argued that the event-planners, celebrity, and venue have experience, and therefore, foresight as to the actions concert-goers commonly take when they possess general admission tickets. Fans will arrive very early and line up for the event. However, even with this knowledge and foresight, there were no areas to create a line, no process for admitting people, and no supervision or security to allow fans into the venue. As a result, this created a stampede of people, which caused injuries to the two women.

Every year thousands of concerts and large events take place in Chicago. Event organizers and property owners are responsible for anticipating dangerous situations and training staff on how to properly control crowds to prevent patrons from being injured or killed. If you or someone you love has been hurt at a large event, you may also be able to hold the responsible parties liable for negligence. Since 1992, our lawyers have helped hundreds of victims file premises liability lawsuits so that they may recover fair compensation for the harms caused to them. We advocate for injured plaintiffs and believe in setting a legal example so that future accidents can be prevented.

April 10, 2014

Chicago CTA Blue Line Derails at Cicero Stop

by Levin & Perconti

Chicago area public transportation has made the news quite often recently, unfortunately not in praise, but in notoriety. From train accidents during the polar vortex and to the derailing of the CTA blue line at the O’Hare stops, Chicagoans have voiced their concern about the string of accidents with both the Metra and CTA trains. Unfortunately, this week another accident occurred again on the CTA blue line rail.

According to an article by the Chicago Tribune, a Blue Line train derailed at the Cicero stop. The train was headed toward Forest Park, but derailed after it hit a truck tire that was on the tracks. One of the train car’s wheels derailed upon hitting the tire, which officials say came from a semi-truck on the Eisenhower expressway. Following the derailment, it took two hours to get the trains back onto the tracks. Six ambulances were called to the scene, but thankfully no one on the train suffered personal injuries.

One witness spoke on her account of situation. She said that as the train departed the Cicero stop a large spark flew into the air, and the first cars appeared to “jump off the track.” After the train derailed, passengers were provided with a step ladder to get back onto the platform, but many were nervous about crossing over third rail (the one that is electric). Emergency responders helped people off the ladder and onto the platform.

Here we might be observing an intersection in tort law of premises liability and public transportation safety. In both regards, however, companies and employees owe paying customers, the invitees, a high level of a legal duty of care. In such a duty of care, it is the responsibility of the CTA to inspect the premises and trains for dangers, to warn patrons of known dangers, and to immediately remedy dangers upon discovery. Fortunately there were no injuries so we doubt that any legal action will be taken, but if there had been our lawyers would also want to know how a truck tire ended up on the tracks, and why the obstruction and danger was not tended to quickly l.

While thankfully no one appears to have been seriously injured in this derailment, our attorneys understand how serious public transportation train accidents can be. Passengers trust that when they get on a public train or bus that the equipment is fully-operational, the tracks are in safe condition and all operators are capable. When one or more of these does not occur and serious or life-changing injuries result, passengers can hold the operator and company liable for negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured in a public transportation accident in Chicago or throughout Illinois, our firm may be able to assist you. Our attorneys provide free consultations and we would be happy to discuss your potential legal claim with you.

April 10, 2014

Safeway Foods in Class Action Lawsuit with Club Members

by Levin & Perconti

As you know, product liability law not only concerns automobiles and other machinery, which we have discussed frequently as of late, but it also involves other products like food and pharmaceuticals. Just like cars, when we purchase food at our local grocery store, or pick up our prescription from the pharmacy, consumers trust that the products we are purchasing are safe for our use, or else they wouldn’t be on the shelf. When products are on the shelf, we trust that they have passed inspections for any possible dangers, or if there are any known dangers that can come from improper use, that we have been provided with instructions and warnings on the packaging (ex: not to take a medicine before driving, or to cook chicken to a certain temperature).

All manufacturers and stores owe a legal duty of care to its customers to provide safe products or warnings about known risks. However, in recent news, it appears that Safeway Foods has argued that this duty did not apply to them, according to an article by Top Class Actions. A class action lawsuit has been filed against Safeway, Inc., alleging that the company should have warned its “Club Card” holders about product recalls. Furthermore, the plaintiffs argue that the company failed to notify customers of various recalls on food items that were previously purchased in the stores. For instance, one customer states that she was not notified of a recall involving Nutter Butter cookies tainted with salmonella that she had purchased.

However, Safeway argues that that there was no post-sale duty for grocers to warn customers. Judges have disagreed with this argument citing that negligence law places a duty of care and that Safeway does not have an exception. The judge referred to case law as stating, “…each person has a duty to use ordinary care and is liable for injuries caused by his failure to exercise reasonable care in the circumstances.” This means that a seller’s duty under negligence law can extend after a sale has been made, such as when knowledge of a dangerous product is obtained after a purchase has been made.

Our attorneys understand the importance of safe products in the marketplace and fight to defend the rights of consumers who have fallen victim and suffered injury to dangerous goods. Manufacturers and stores have a duty to warn customers in advance of known dangers or make them aware of known recalls after the fact of purchase. If your or someone you love has been seriously injured by a food, medicine, or other product you have purchased, you may be able to the hold the manufacturer and store liable in a product liability lawsuit. Call our firm for a free consultation, and one of our lawyers would be happy to discuss your potential claim with you.

April 8, 2014

Tyson Recalls Over 75,000 Pounds of Chicken Nuggets

by Levin & Perconti

Product liability law requires manufacturers and stores to provide consumers with safe and danger-free products, or to warn consumers about known dangers from incorrect use. Where they fail to do this by not inspecting products for dangers, by knowingly placing a dangerous or defective product for sale, or by not alerting customers of dangers, manufacturers and stores can be held liable for negligence in a product liability lawsuit. Under the law, they owe customers a duty of care to keep them free from dangers and injuries. Where a customer has been injured from a product where a manufacturer and store could have foreseen such injury or prevented it, they can be held liable.

Foods are an especially important area of product liability law because we purchase them as a source of nourishment and energy for our daily meals. When a food is instead a dangerous good, it not only does not complete its intended purpose of a nourishing sustenance, but instead does the complete opposite and causes harm and injury to the customer’s health. Because foods are products that we consume and put directly into our bodies, it is especially vital that manufacturers and grocers inspect these foods for dangers and remove them from the marketplace where such dangers are known or foreseeable.

In a recent product liability incident reported in the International Business Times, Tyson has recalled over 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets from the stream of commerce. The five-pound, frozen, fully cooked white meat chicken products were reported to be contaminated with extraneous materials, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Customers have recently complained about discovering small pieces of plastic inside their food, and they have reported have minor oral injuries. Tyson has responded that this problem came from a product scraper inside of their blending machine.

The affected products were produced on January 26th and February 16th. Customers can find out if they purchased this contaminated product by looking to the packaging code on the wrapping. The affected products will have manufacturer codes 0264SDL0315 through 19 and 0474SDL0311 through 14. The bags will also have establishment number P-13556. Anyone with these products should throw them out immediately for their safety as they are not safe for consumption.

The food we eat should never be an item of question regarding safety, but unfortunately, manufacturers and stores do not always take the needed caution in providing us with these goods. Our attorneys have been experienced with product liability lawsuits for over 20 years, and they continue to defend the rights of innocent victims who have suffered injuries or illness from harmful foods, among other products, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, machinery, and cars. If you have suffered injury from a dangerous product, our lawyers may be able to help you seek compensation for the harms caused to you.

April 7, 2014

Marijuana Use Triples Deadly Car Accidents in the United States

by Levin & Perconti

In the wake of the past few years’ recent elections, the legalization of marijuana has been a hot topic and significant controversial issue. Many have argued for this cause for individual liberties or for a natural remedy for symptoms in cancer treatment. However, this is an issue opening up new horizons in the law, and with brand new areas must come balance in regulation. While this may have natural medical use for some, for those who choose to use marijuana recreationally as a drug, we must consider the negative consequences this imposes on others, such as dangers to other motorists on the roadways and an increase in the likelihood of fatal motor vehicle accidents.

According to one recent article by US News, fatal car crashes in the United States involving marijuana usages have tripled all during this previous decade. This has created an overall increase in drug-related traffic deaths. Furthermore, current statistics show that one out of nine drivers would currently test positive for marijuana. This study was done by using crash statistics from six states, including Illinois, that routinely do toxicology tests after fatal motor vehicle accidents. Researchers found that “drugged driving,” particularly from marijuana, increased from 16% of fatal traffic deaths in 1999 to 28% in 2010.

What is noteworthy too, is that there are many drivers who drive not only under the influence of marijuana, but under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana simultaneously. According to the same article, when someone drives under the influence of alcohol, the risk of a fatal crash is 13 times greater than a sober driver. However, where someone is under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, the risk amplifies to 24 times that of someone sober.

It can be said that most laws have pros and cons and a good and bad side to them. While legalization efforts have brought remedy and comfort to many people’s pain from struggling with illness, irresponsible recreational use has created more dangerous roads and a higher likelihood for a traffic death. It is important to consider that driving after using this drug is similar to using alcohol and then driving. Both marijuana and alcohol are drugs, and both impair one’s ability to react on the road by slowing down our reaction times and hindering our judgments. They also affect vision, make drivers more easily distracted, and create increased risky behavior in drivers.

Our attorneys wish to stress that driving after consuming any drug or substance that impairs the body is negligent. Accidents that occur as a result of driving under the influence are always preventable. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident due to another driver being under the influence of drugs, you may be able to hold that driver accountable for their recklessness in a lawsuit. Our firm offers free consultations, and has represented injured victims and the families of those wrongfully killed since 1992.

April 4, 2014

General Motors Accused of Decade-Long Failure to Notify of Defective Parts in Senate Hearing

by Levin & Perconti

While it is already unfortunate that so many auto-makers have recently become involved in product liability investigations due to their negligence with these dangerous vehicles, it is worse when it becomes known to the public and lawmakers that a manufacturer was aware of their defective products for such a long period of time but continued to put unknowing drivers and passengers at risk for serious personal injuries. It is hard to swallow that a company could actually put loyal customers at risk for a decade.

According to an article by Reuters, in a recent Senate hearing, General Motors was labeled as having a “culture of cover-up” for a decade-long failure to notify of defective parts linked to deadly motor vehicle accidents. Senators have challenged General Motors’ claims that they have improved their safety and management practices. The Senate and House committees are continuing to investigate why it took the company over a decade to recall 2.6 million cars.

For instance, they questioned the CEO as to why the company redesigned faulty ignition switches, yet kept the same problematic part. This has lawmakers concerned over whether the company was just trying to cover up the problems, despite years of complaints and over 13 deaths specifically linked to the faulty part. However, the CEO acknowledged that it was unacceptable that GM has issued new parts without new models or serial numbers and has admitted that this violates fundamental practices. However, the Senate was concerned, that even though it may have been old GM management that these problems were attributed to, when new management came into authority after the 2009 bankruptcy, it still took the company over 9 months to take any action, even after having evidence of the safety problems.

The problem part at issue here can make engines stall without any warning while they are still in operation. They can also stop air bags from deploying. Furthermore, this can also prevent power steering and power brakes from operating. These are all vital functions of a vehicle for its operation and its safety. Without such functions working properly, it is evident that a vehicle is not safe for use.

As our attorneys stress, in product liability law, a company can be held liable for negligence where they have knowingly placed a defective product in the market, failed to inspect a product for problems, or have failed to warn consumers of known dangers. As there were so many diverse and significant problems with the vehicles over such a lengthy time-span, it may soon be clear that General Motors was aware of safety issues, failed to warn consumers, and knowingly allowed the dangerous vehicles to remain in the marketplace and in the hands of innocent drivers.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous and defective product, such as machinery, food, pharmaceuticals, household products, or automobiles, you may be able to hold the manufacturer or store liable for providing you with this harmful good and obtain compensation for your injuries and suffering in a product liability lawsuit. Our law firm offers free consultations, so call us today, and one of our attorneys will gladly discuss your potential claim with you.

April 3, 2014

Rollover Bus Accident Sends 27 to the Hospital

by Levin & Perconti

As we have discussed before, accidents involving large vehicles, such as buses and trucks, can be extremely dangerous due to their large size, both in height and weight. When a collision occurs with these vehicles, the damage is more often than not greater than a collision with a regular-sized passenger vehicle. As a result, the potential for serious personal injuries is even greater.

However, there are times when collisions with large vehicles can actually be even worse. While such collisions are already dangerous, the propensity for serious and permanent injuries, or even death, heightens when such a collision turns into a rollover accident. According to www.safecar.gov, a website by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollover accidents are dangerous and have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes. In fact, rollover crashes account for 33% of all motor vehicle accident passenger fatalities. More than 10,000 people are killed in rollover crashes each year. Such accidents are more likely to occur with tall and narrow vehicles.

According to recent reports by the Quincy Journal, a recent rollover bus accident sent 27 people to the hospital. Out of 30 students on the bus, 26 required immediate medical attention. As of now, 6 of them are still hospitalized. The injuries ranged from minor to so severe, that some victims had to be transported to the surgical floor, which exemplifies how serious accidents, particularly rollovers, involving large vehicles can be.

Police reports indicate that the bus driver overcorrected when the bus traveled off the right side of the roadway. This caused the bus to leave the left side of the road and overturn into a ditch. It finally came to a stop resting on its top. This crash occurred near the intersection of Highway C and Juniper, west of LaGrange.

While thankfully no deaths were reported in this accident, statistics show how likely this is. That is observable as 6 of the students are still being treated in the hospitals for serious injuries. Our attorneys empathize with these victims and their families. Not only do we hope for their best recovery, but it is accidents like these that makes our legal team continually fight for the rights of plaintiffs and set legal precedent to prevent future accidents. If you have been injured in an accident due to another’s negligence, you may have a legal claim in which you could obtain compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and suffering through a personal injury lawsuit. Call our firm for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your potential case with you.

April 2, 2014

Large Chrysler Recall for Brake Issues

by Levin & Perconti

Lately, we have informed our readers about product liability as it relates to the large automakers, and the defective vehicles that have gone into the marketplace and endangered consumers. Now, we bring you news of yet another automaker that has put dangerous products into the stream of commerce, and as a result, into the daily lives of people who are unknowingly in harm’s way.

In a recent article by USA Today, the American automaker, Chrysler, is involved in a large recall for various Jeep and Dodge SUVs for brake problems. This is the second recall in the same month for the company, but is much larger than the first. The current recall involves a brake defect in Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos, and involves 867,795 vehicles of the 2011 to 2014 models. These vehicles were built between January 5, 2010 through September 8, 2013. Of the 867,795 vehicles, 644,354 were sold within the United States. Reports have stated that brake booster corrosion in the vehicles can let water inside of the booster, which as a result, can cause freezing and impair braking capabilities.

Investigations originally began last year in May. Complaints were received regarding pedal pressure. It was later discovered that the brake boosters have small crimp joints that can corrode, which results in decreased brake vacuum boost and then needs excessive pedal pressure. After the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contacted Chrysler about brake and corrosion complaints, the auto company completed investigations finding that the freezing cut brake function and increased the risks of a crash.

This is an especially important product liability issue as brakes are vital to driving and being safe on the road. Vehicles are exposed to all sorts of weather, especially here in the Midwest and Chicago. Drivers do not only use their vehicles in sunny weather, but in snow and rain as well. Car manufacturers are aware that vehicles are used in and exposed to water, be it weather, car washes, or staying overnight in one’s driveway. Due to this knowledge and awareness, it is not excusable that a company places defective parts on a car that when exposed to water – a natural condition for a car to be around – that brakes will become unreliable and place the drivers and passengers in danger. If a vehicle cannot properly brake, then the vehicle also cannot come to a timely stop, thereby increasing likelihoods of collisions and accidents, putting drivers and others on the road at serious risk of personal injuries and death.

Our attorneys understand and fight for consumer safety through product liability lawsuits. Through our advocacy we have helped many obtain fair and just compensation for the injuries and hardships they have suffered from a company negligently placing a defective product in the market. If you have been harmed by a dangerous product, whether it be an automobile, pharmaceutical, food, etc., you may be able to hold the manufacturer liable for the harms caused to you from their negligence. Call our firm today for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your potential legal claim with you.

April 1, 2014

Bourbonnais Woman Killed in Crash

by Levin & Perconti

It is always extremely disheartening to hear of fatalities caused by negligent driving. The worst part of such reports is knowing that the accidents were preventable and that the death should not have occurred at all. From these crashes, it is evident how much increased caution and safe driving can really save lives. If more people avoided negligent driving and devoted their attention and energy to safety, the death toll from motor vehicle accidents would be drastically lower.

According to recent news by Crown Point a motor vehicle accident took the life of a Bourbonnais, Illinois woman, and two others were injured. This fatal crash occurred near 109th Avenue and Iowa Street near the Interstate 65 interchange. One driver was driving east on 109th street and crossed his car over the center line, and hit the car driven by the now deceased victim. The impact caused her car to leave road, where it landed on its roof in a nearby field. Police reported that the accident caused the victim to die from blunt force trauma. A third vehicle was also involved in the crash as well, but both other drivers received non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigations are still continuing around this accident. For now it is uncertain as to whether or not negligent actions such as speeding, impairment or distraction caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle and cross the center line. However, police and local authorities have said that they will be looking into the accident and calculating vehicle speeds, as well as any other potential factors that may have contributed to the crash.

As noted above, when the victim’s car was hit, the force caused it to leave the roadway and rollover. As our attorneys have discussed in the past, rollover accidents are extremely serious and can often result in deaths. According to safecar.gov, many rollovers occur when drivers overcorrect their steering as a panic reaction. When driving at highway speeds, this excessive steering can cause a driver to lose control, resulting in the vehicle sliding sideways and rolling over.

Furthermore, Bourbonnais, Illinois is a fairly rural area. Although rural roads may not see the heavy traffic that city streets and highways do, it is still important that all drivers use caution on rural roads. Also according to safecar.gov, rollovers are more likely to occur on rural roads and highways, as seen in this accident. When a vehicle veers off of a rural road, the vehicle can easily overturn when it hits a ditch or other embankment, like soft soil. In fact, rollovers are so much more likely in rural areas that approximately 75% of all rollover crashes occur in rural areas.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, or have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another driver, you may be able to seek justice through a lawsuit. Where a plaintiff can show that an accident would not have occurred but for the negligent actions of another, the plaintiff can obtain compensatory and/or punitive damages to return them to the status quo before the accident. These damages can cover medical bills, lost wages, funeral costs, and pain and suffering. Our law firm has worked to defend the rights of plaintiffs for over 20 years. Call us today for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you with your legal claim.

March 31, 2014

Investigations Delve into Whether CTA Blue Line Operator Was Fatigued Before Derailment

by Levin & Perconti

Last week we informed our readers of the news of a Chicago Blue Line CTA train derailing at the O’Hare Airport stop. As investigations continue, news has unfolded regarding how this accident that injured over 30 people could have taken place. In efforts to keep our readers up to date on safety issues regarding Chicago public transportation, we wish to bring you the latest updates as well.

According to one news story by ABC, it appears that the driver of the Blue Line train that derailed and crashed onto the platform and escalator of the stop may have been fatigued and fallen asleep while operating the train. Reports have revealed that the operator of this train worked on a schedule called an “extra board.” This means that her shift and assignments change every day.

Prior to the accident, she had worked about 69 hours in the seven days prior, which is allegedly typical for the extra board shifts. However, CTA argues that the driver had worked only 55 hours in the previous seven days. They also say that she had been off for 18 hour before her shift during which this accident occurred. They also elaborate that the operator had requested additional hours, which were two shifts that added up to 13.6 hours, and due to a Union agreement, they were required to provide the operator with those requested additional hours. Investigations are still continuing.

Another article, by US News, quotes the operator as saying she had worked extensive overtime and was extremely tired at the time of the accident. As a result, she may have dozed off right before the derailment. A CTA supervisor and another employee who were present at the station at the time of the accident observed the train enter the platform at a regular speed, not slowing down to stop.

The National Transportation Safety Board have not drawn conclusions about the cause, but are still looking into whether brakes, signals, or human errors were factors in this accident, according to the same article. The CTA trains are designed so that in the case that an operator is incapacitated or slips off of the controls that the train should come to a stop. One present speculation questions whether inertia may have thrown the operator against the switch, which accelerated the train enough to send it onto the platform escalator.

Legally, such investigations are important to determine the part of negligence of the operator, CTA, or both. As our attorneys have discussed before, in tort law, when employees of a company cause personal injuries to patrons, the company can be held liable for the employee’s negligence. This is because employees are seen as “agents” of the company, since they have been hired to act on behalf of the company. Therefore, it is seen that the employees actions, including torts, have been authorized and directed by the company. This is why the issue of how many hours the operator worked has been at issue. Since she is an agent of CTA, it could be argued that CTA directed her to work so many hours and caused her fatigue. As investigations continue, this will determine whether driver fatigue, if that was the factor that caused the derailment, was on the fault of the operator’s own volition or at the direction and fault of CTA.

Commuters trust that when they ride public transportation that they are in safe hands and will reach their destinations without injury. This includes being under the control of a safe driver and fully operational vehicle. If you have suffered injuries on public transportation, such as bus or train, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries in a lawsuit. Call our firm today for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you in legal action with your injuries and hardship.

March 28, 2014

Frankfort Jewel-Osco Sued for Negligence in Slip and Fall Lawsuit

by Levin & Perconti

As our readers know, customers have the right to be safe and free from injury when shopping at local commercial entities, such as grocery stores. Under tort law (the area of the law which covers personal injuries), customers are called invitees and are owed the highest duty of care from store owners, as they are people invited onto the property to do business and benefit the owner. For that reason, it is the duty of those who operate the store to keep it free from dangers, warn of known dangers, and immediately remedy any dangers when they discover them.

According to an article by the Cook County Record, a Frankfort, IL Jewel-Osco is being sued for negligence in a slip and fall accident. A man filed this suit after he sustained injuries when falling over an item that was left on the ground in the aisle of the Jewel-Osco. The complaint elaborates that he tripped on a broken and loose refrigerator plate on the floor, which caused him to fall and become injured. He is now seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

In court, the plaintiff in a slip and fall accident must show one or more of three factors to be successful in the lawsuit. First, the plaintiff must show that the property owners failed to maintain the property. In this way, the plaintiff would present evidence that the plate was loose and damaged and had not been maintained by the store. Second, the plaintiff could show that the property owners created unsafe conditions, which caused the injury. In this way, the plaintiff may argue that the store was the cause of a dangerous condition that caused injury. Third, the plaintiff could argue that the property owners knew about the dangerous premises but did not alert visitors to this knowledge. Here, the plaintiff would argue that this was an open and obvious hazard that the store would have known about but failed to remedy it or warn others, such as by blocking it off, closing the aisle, etc.

Our attorneys have represented plaintiffs in slip and fall personal injury lawsuits for over 20 years and are understand the laws regarding Illinois premises liability. If you have suffered serious or life-changing injuries in a slip and fall accident at a local business, you may have a legal claim for negligence. If you choose to file a lawsuit, remember to do so immediately as to avoid running over the time limits imposed by the Illinois Statute of Limitations. Our attorneys would be happy to discuss your potential claim with you in a free consultation. Call us today, and we may be able to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.

March 27, 2014

Woman Sues City of Chicago For Slip and Fall Over Parking Meter

by Levin & Perconti

A lot of the time when we discuss slip and fall accidents, they occur at the site of a commercial building where the owner or manager is easily ascertained by the location. For instance, when someone falls inside of a grocery store as a result of dangerous conditions and suffers serious injuries, they may be able to hold the store’s owners accountable in a lawsuit. However, consider when someone falls outside on the pavement. Many people do not realize that in these instances there is still an entity, such as a city, who owes them a duty of care to maintain safe premises.

In a recent case discussed by the Cook County Record, a woman is suing the city of Chicago for the injuries she sustained after she fell over a partially removed parking meter. In her complaint, she alleges that she suffered injuries as the result of a poorly maintained parking meter, and thereby, that it was the duty of the city to maintain the meters and keep them hazard free. In her complaint, she describes how last March she tripped and fell over a parking meter that was partially removed near the intersection of Armitage and Western in Chicago. The plaintiff elaborates that the city did not entirely remove the meter, and with this knowledge, failed to warn people that the base was still present. The exposed base of the meter caused her to trip and she injured her head, shoulder, and teeth when she fell. She is now seeking damages over $50,000 plus court costs.

As a reminder, in slip and fall cases, the plaintiff may be able to hold a company or entity legally responsible for their injuries, but the victim must prove that the entity’s negligence led to the injury. As in this case at hand, these slip and fall cases would entail proving that an injury was foreseeable, that the entity had knowledge of the hazard, and that the hazard was under the control of the entity and not another.

If you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident on the premises of another’s property or business, you may be able to hold them liable in a lawsuit for negligence and be awarded fair and just compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Our attorneys are experienced in these and other personal injury lawsuits and may be able to help you with your claim. Call us for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your case with you.