While growing up, chances are that you saw a cartoon where a character was walking along and slipped on a banana peel. However you may have not realized that these cartoons were comically presenting a real issue of the law: premises liability. The banana peel that you saw your favorite character slip on was actually a hazard that a landowner should have known about, fixed, or warned visitors about. While these accidents appear funny in cartoon, unfortunately in real life slip and fall accidents can leave victims with serious personal injuries.
According to a recent article by the Cook County Record, a woman is suing the Chicago Cubs after she experienced a slip and fall accident in a Wrigley Field bathroom. She filed a premises liability lawsuit this month in Cook County Circuit Court. The complaint describes how she was in a bathroom on the main level when she slipped in a puddle of water that was on the floor and became injured. The complaint accuses the Chicago Cubs Baseball Club LLC of failing to maintain the premises in a safe condition. The plaintiff seeks over $50,000 in damages.
Slip and fall accidents are common claims in premises liability lawsuits. Landowners, particularly in this instance owners and operators of commercial property, have a legal duty of care to those on the premises to keep them safe and not cause injury. When a visitor to commercial property suffers injury, such as through a slip and fall accident, the property owner may be held liable through a premises liability lawsuit. In a premises liability lawsuit the burden of proof is on the plaintiff to prove that injury was caused by the property owner failing to maintain property, that the property owner caused an unsafe condition, or that the property owner knew about the hazard on the premises but failed to warn those on the property. If the landowner’s negligence in remedying or inspecting for the dangers led to injuries, they can be held liable as it was their duty to provide safe premises and keep invitees free from danger and injury.
While slip and fall accidents are among some of the most common claims in premises liability lawsuits, there are a multitude of injuries that a victim can sustain and include in a claim in legal action. Aside from slip and falls other dangers may present themselves such as exposure to toxic and hazardous substances that lead to injury and illness, like lead, mold, or asbestos. Additionally, dog bites and maulings frequently lead to strict liability arguments in premises liability lawsuits. Another common claim that is especially unfortunate and all too common in summertime is drownings and swimming pool accidents.
For over 20 years our attorneys have represented slip and fall victims. We adamantly believe that premises ought to be safe for visitors, and that landowners and operators need to routinely and frequently inspect and repair property and infrastructure so that patrons are kept out of harm’s way and free from injury. If you have been injured in such an accident, you may be able to hold accountable the owner of the property. We offer free consultations, and would be happy to discuss your legal options with you. After discussing your potential case, you may be able to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries and suffering.