Our Illinois personal injury attorneys recently read about a lawsuit filed earlier this month against a casino in Alton, Illinois. The Alton Gaming Company is the owner and operator of the Argosy Casino in Alton, and a woman has claimed that she slipped and fell in a pool of water that was on the floor of the women’s restroom in the casino.
At the time of her fall, the woman was a customer at the casino. According to the Madison St. Clair Record, the woman sustained serious, permanent injuries from the fall, and was unable to go to work for a period of time after the incident. She is claiming damages for the pain and suffering, as well as medical costs, care for a permanent disability caused by the fall, and the amount of lost wages from being unable to work after the fall.
As a general rule, owners and managers of properties are responsible for maintaining safe premises, and when they do not, they are liable for any injuries that occur on the properties due to their negligence. This is especially true when the owners of the premises invite people onto the property, as the Argosy Casino did when it opened its doors for customers. This body of law is known as Premises Liability Law, and it entitles the woman in this case to maintain an Illinois personal injury lawsuit against the casino.
The case, filed in the Madison County Circuit Court, alleges that the Alton Gaming Company failed to safely operate the premises in that it allowed the hazard to exist. Additionally the suit alleges that the owners and operators of the property failed to either erect barriers around the pool of water, clean it up, or warn customers of the water on the floor. In essence, the casino, through its employees, had the duty to make sure that no such hazards were present, and they negligently failed to do so.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have handled many premises liability cases, and are extremely familiar with the intricacies of Premise Liability Law cases. Our attorneys won an $850,000 settlement for the family of an 88-year-old Chicago man who died after suffering serious injuries from a fall at a Jiffy Lube service center.
Additionally, our Illinois injury attorneys acquired a $225,000 premises liability settlement against a municipality, on behalf of a 79-year-old client who tripped and fell on an uneven sidewalk. Because of the fall, the client suffered a shoulder fracture, which ultimately required the surgical insertion of a shoulder prosthesis. Prior to our client’s fall, other residents had asked the defendant town to repair the sidewalk and nearby sidewalks in the subdivision, but the Village failed to make the repairs to this sidewalk.
Premises liability can find companies, people, and towns liable for injuries that occur when the respective defendants fail to keep their property safe. If you or a loved one have sustained an injury because of unsafe conditions on another’s property, a lawyer will be able to advise you of your rights.