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Premises Liability Law a Factor in Tractor Driver’s Death

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers are very familiar with Premises Liability law. Premises Liability law is the area of law that holds an owner of land responsible for certain injuries that occur on the land. In general, if an owner is aware of a danger on his or her land, the owner has a duty to warn persons who come on to the property of that hazard; if the person is not advised of the danger and suffers injury as a result, the property owner may be liable for damages.

In cases involving premises liability, plaintiffs must prove that the property owners either failed to maintain the property or created unsafe conditions which caused the injury, knew about the unsafe hazard but didn’t alert visitors or tenants to this fact, was not careful concerning unsafe conditions which might attract children, or took actions or neglected conditions that caused damage to a neighboring property.

According to the Madison St. Clair Record, that’s exactly what happened this past August. A woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owner of Meketa Farms, claiming that her husband died as a result of the farmland owner’s failure to warn him of a large hole on the property.

The lawsuit claims that the property owner hired the man to run a tractor on the farm, but failed to warn him of a large hole on the property near where he was asked to run the tractor. When the tractor struck the hole on the land, the man suffered serious injuries that caused or contributed to cause his death.

The Madison St. Clair Record reports that the man’s wife has now filed a lawsuit, claiming that the landowner negligently allowed a large hole to exist on the land, failed to warn the man of the large hole before asking him onto the land, failed to adequately inspect the land to discover the dangers a large hole presented to a tractor driver, and directed the man to drive the tractor near the large hole. If a court finds that these claims are in fact true, the farm owner could potentially be liable for a significant amount of money to remedy the harm.

Because of the man’s death, his wife lost his love and companionship, which is something that is typically compensable in Illinois wrongful death lawsuits.

Our Illinois wrongful death lawyers are experienced in handling cases such as this one. In fact, our attorneys obtained a $1.2 million premises liability settlement for a Mundelein handyman who was seriously injured while working for the defendant. The defendant was aware of the unsafe conditions on her property but failed to remedy the conditions or warn or prohibit the plaintiff from accessing the area. Our Chicago wrongful death attorneys also won a $5.7 million settlement for a 27-year-old Joliet, IL roofer in a workplace injury case who was paralyzed when he fell from a roof as a result of the general contractor’s failure to provide appropriate safety devices.

If your loved one has died or suffered injury on another’s property as a result of that property owner’s negligence, please contact an attorney immediately to understand your rights under the law.