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Fall Near Construction Site May Still Trigger Liability Under Premises Liability Law

As a general rule in Illinois premises liability cases, property owners and landowners are responsible for maintaining safe premises, and they can be liable for injuries that occur on their land as a result of either a failure to ensure safe conditions, or a failure to warn people who come onto the property of potential hazards on the land.

This principle also applies to Illinois workplace accident cases, which hold construction companies and their managing corporations liable for injuries that result because of unsafe working conditions at a construction site. Whether the injured victims are workers or not, the corporations are responsible for keeping the site free from hazard, and can be made to pay for damages that occur as a result of injuries that occur on the land.

That is exactly what happened to a woman who filed a case against Liese Lumber Company and Dumpster Dave, earlier this month. According to the Madison St. Clair Record, the woman filed the lawsuit after falling on mud near a construction site. The complaint alleges that the defendants failed to prevent mud from accumulating on the street, failed to clean the mud from the street, failed to properly supervise work performed at a construction site that led to the accumulation of mud, and failed to maintain safe premises. Although the woman wasn’t a worker on the site, the company responsible for maintaining the site may still be liable for the damage caused.

As a result of the fall, the woman sustained severe broken bones, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and incurred hospital and medical expenses for the treatment of her injuries. If the court finds that the defendants were, in fact, responsible for the failure to keep the area safe, they may be required to pay damages to compensate the woman for her hospital bills and the trauma of her fall.

Tragically, workplace accidents are all too common. However, special laws are in place to protect the health and safety of workers and people who enter onto lands owned and managed by others.

Our Illinois personal injury lawyers have handled a number of work site accident cases, and have even won $5.7 million settlement for a 27-year-old roofer who was paralyzed when he fell from a roof as a result of the general contractor’s failure to provide appropriate safety devices, and an $840,000 verdict for a man who sustained a workplace back injury resulting in multiple surgeries. They also were successful in obtaining a $510,000 settlement against a restaurant which caused patrons to wait in area too close to steps leading to downstairs banquet area leading to a fall down the stairs resulting in a fractured hip and foot, causing the foot to become severely infected requiring a skin graft.

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job or otherwise injured on a work site, contact an attorney to be apprised of your rights. Special laws are in place to protect workers who have been exposed to unsafe working conditions.