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Tenant Wins $1.1 Million Lawsuit against Landlord

Just last week, a jury awarded a $1.1 Million verdict to a man who filed a personal injury lawsuit against his landlord after he fell down the stairs at his apartment building.

The man allegedly fell down the back stairs at the apartment building in which he was living, and later suffered more serious damage from the fall. His injuries included lumbar strain and disk injury. The man was forced to quit his job because of the pain related to the fall, and suffered a serious loss of income and potential future earnings. He had held the job for ten years.

According to the San Jose Mercury News the tenant sued the owner of the building, asserting that the owner failed to keep the stairs clear of algae – which posed a risk of slip and fall – and failed to install a handrail, as was required by local building codes.

Following a 14-day trial, the jury awarded the man $1,070,801 for economic losses, including $850,000 for future lost earnings.

As a general rule, when an accident or injury occurs to a visitor or tenant on another person’s property, the owner of the property may be liable if it can be proved that their negligence led to the injury. Property owners may be legally responsible for injuries that occur on their properties if there are potential hazards on the land and the landlord fails to correct them, or if the landowner fails to warn people who come onto the land about the danger.

In cases involving premises liability, plaintiffs must be able to show one of the following things:
• That the property owners either failed to maintain the property • That the landowner created unsafe conditions which caused the injury • That the property owner knew about the unsafe hazard but didn’t alert visitors or tenants to this fact • That the property owner wwas not careful concerning unsafe conditions which might attract children • Or that the landowner took actions, or neglected conditions on the property, that ultimately caused damage to a neighboring property.

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have handled numerous premises liability cases and understand what it takes to succeed in even the most complicated cases of landowner liability. In fact, our attorneys obtained a $2.3 million Illinois personal injury settlement for a family whose two young children suffered severe burns and whose third child, a three-month-old infant, was killed in a fire that broke out in a Chicago Housing Authority building. The CHA had allowed rear entrances to be blocked, allowed batteries to be removed from smoke detectors, and failed to sufficiently inspect and maintain an electrical outlet.

Additionally, and perhaps more similarly to the initially mentioned case, our Illinois personal injury lawyers won 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 our client’s fall down the stairs that resulted in a fractured hip and foot.

If you or a loved one has been injured on another’s property as a result of the property owner’s negligence, contact an attorney to be apprised of your rights under the law.