While many large-scale publications such as the Huffington Post have dubbed the opportunity a “coveted spotlight” for the City of Chicago, our Chicago personal injury lawyers are concerned for the safety of residents during the upcoming interlude when the NATO Summit graces our town.
A NATO summit, such as this one, is a meeting in which the Heads of State of the NATO member countries evaluate & plan Alliance activities. NATO, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is an international, intergovernmental military allegiance based on the North Atlantic Treaty, in which all member states agree to defend one another: an attack on one is considered an attack on all. NATO Summits are not regularly scheduled meetings, but are instead timetabled based on important international events or circumstances.
According to a report this week from CBS Chicago, officials are concerned that reactions from local citizens may cause fallout in the way of dangerous circumstances across the city. At this point it’s impossible to predict what sorts of situations may arise, but both city officials and Red Cross workers are putting plans in place for a mass evacuation of Chicago in the event of riots this upcoming weekend.
CBS Chicago also reports that a heavily armed security team will start making a very public appearance around federal buildings in the Loop this week, and that “the American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.” As is consistent with Illinois law, the plans to protect citizens have come from the City of Chicago itself.
Under Illinois law, premises liability law is a significant branch of Illinois personal injury law that allows victims to recover after they have been injured on another person’s property, and the negligence of the property owner was the cause of that harm; here the ‘property’ would be the entire city of Chicago for which city officials have assumed care.
In order to apply to a set of circumstances, Illinois premises liability law requires a number of factors to be satisfied: the defendant must be the manager or possessor of the land, or “premises” – in this case, if injuries were to occur as a result of a lack of protection provided by the City of Chicago, the defendant would be the city itself and the person or persons responsible for organizing necessary safeguards. Additionally, the person or persons on the land of another must be injured by negligence or a different wrongful act; in this particular situation, the city officials have a duty to ensure that situations don’t get out of control.
Again, no one can know for certain what the future will hold. With any amount of luck, the weekend will come and go without incident, and any Chicago personal injury attorney would hope that no injuries actually occur. Nevertheless, if the City of Chicago does not provide sufficient protection and citizens are harmed, an Illinois personal injury lawsuit may arise. Our attorneys have taken on the City in a number of other cases in which Chicago was negligent, and even won a $10 million settlement for a 5-year-old boy who was run over by a City of Chicago Fire Department truck while playing in an open fire hydrant on the Fourth of July, resulting in the loss of his leg and half of his pelvis.