Recently, The Madison Record published an article detailing a pending Illinois personal injury lawsuit. According to the report, in the complaint filed with the court by her personal injury attorney, the woman alleges that she incurred severe injuries upon entering a Highland, Illinois retirement community. Due to a gaping four foot hole located in the floor, the plaintiff sustained injuries to both of her legs when she fell into the unmarked opening.
In addition to the physical injuries she sustained, the plaintiff is also seeking relief for the lost wages she incurred from her inability to work, medical costs, mental and physical pain, as well as, disfigurement that resulted from the injury. The woman states that the retirement community and the mechanical crew who created the hole both acted negligently in their failure to provide proper warning signs, in addition to, failure to prevent entry into the location of the hole. The plaintiff is seeking a $250,000 judgment for the total damages.
Unfortunately, these types of Illinois premises liability are extremely common. Last year, our Illinois injury attorneys settled a similar case in which a 91 year old woman sustained debilitating injuries from a fall as a result of a large parking lot hole. The woman required extensive surgery and rehabilitation for her broken hip that resulted from the fall. In both of these cases the property owners acted negligently by failing to maintain property conditions, in addition to, failure to provide proper warnings of hazardous conditions.
Property owners are responsible for maintaining a safe environment, or warning people when an unsafe area exists. When they fail to do so and someone is seriously injured or killed, victims have the right to seek justice, as well as fair and reasonable compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, as well as, physical and emotion suffering. Lawsuits also send a message to property owners that unsafe conditions will not be tolerated, thereby helping to make businesses, residential communities, and other public places much safer for others.