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IL accident lawyerWhen you are visiting a neighbor, friend, or family member’s home, the last thing you probably expect is to suffer a serious injury. However, many people find themselves in this very situation. If you were injured in a fall accident, fire, or another incident while on another person’s property, you may wonder whether the other person is responsible for the costs incurred by your injury. The answer to this question largely depends on the circumstances of your injury and whether the property owner’s negligence contributed to the accident.

Injuries Caused by Property Owner Negligence

A property owner cannot prevent every injury on his or her property. After all, accidents do happen. However, property owners do have an obligation to keep their premises free of unreasonable hazards. If an unsafe condition does exist on someone’s property, the property owner should warn any guests to the property so that they can take the appropriate action to avoid injury. If a property owner, including a homeowner, fails to prevent foreseeable injuries on his or her property, it is possible that he or she will be liable for the costs incurred by those injuries. Dangerous conditions such as damaged stairs, loose handrails, slippery floors, icy walkways, or insufficient fire alarms may lead guests to be severely injured. If a property owner knew or should have known about a hazardous condition on his or her property and a guest was harmed because of the hazardous condition, the property owner may be responsible for the costs incurred by the injury. Fortunately, most homeowners have homeowner’s insurance which will cover the costs resulting from a guest’s injury.

Bringing a Claim Against the Property Owner’s Homeowner’s Insurance

If you suffered injuries that resulted in expensive medical bills and other costs while visiting someone else’s property, that person’s homeowner’s insurance may be liable for your damages. If you choose to bring a premises liability claim and pursue financial compensation, you will most likely be bringing the legal action against the insurance company – not the actual property owner. You may be entitled to compensation for your:

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IL injury lawyerWhen most people walk into a store, restaurant, hotel, apartment complex, house or another building, they do not worry about suffering an injury on the property. They simply trust that the individuals who designed and constructed the building ensured that the it was safe. In the majority of cases, this is true. However, when a building is constructed in violation of state and local building codes, the structure may have defects that can cause serious injury or even death. If you or a loved one were harmed in an accident and you suspect that the property was not up to code, you may have a valid premises liability claim.

Structural Defects Have the Potential to Cause Severe Bodily Injury

Property owners have a duty to ensure that their property is reasonably safe for the individuals lawfully visiting that property. Although not every injury can be avoided, the property should not contain preventable hazards or unreasonable dangers. If a visitor is harmed on an unsafe property, it is possible that the property owner or manager will be liable for the visitor's damages.

In order to ensure that properties are safe, state and local governments institute building codes. These rules regulate the types of materials and building practices used to construct and maintain buildings. Building code violations can be especially hazardous because they often affect the structural integrity of the building or building components. Some examples of building code violations that may lead to injury or death include:

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IL accident lawyerAirbnb is an online marketplace allowing guests to temporarily rent the homes and apartments of other individuals. Unlike a traditional bed and breakfast in which the host provides meals and housekeeping services, Airbnb hosts may never even meet the guests in person. Many people have positive experiences renting Airbnb homes during their vacation, but others find themselves staying in unsafe, unsanitary, and unwelcoming dwellings. If you or a loved one were injured while staying in an Airbnb, you may be entitled to compensation through a premises liability claim.

Airbnb Owners Have a Legal Duty to Prevent Foreseeable Injuries

According to the Illinois Premises Liability Act, property owners and managers have a legal obligation to ensure that their property is free of unreasonable hazards that present a risk of injury to lawful visitors. Individuals renting living spaces through Airbnb are also subject to premises liability laws. Although an Airbnb owner or operator may not be able to prevent injuries stemming from the guests’ own actions, he or she does have a duty to prevent injuries caused by unsafe conditions on the property. The owner or operator should ensure that the property is well-maintained, clean, and secure. Examples of Airbnb injuries that may lead to premises liability claims include:

  • Slip and Fall Accidents: Damaged staircases, broken handrails, slippery surfaces, poor lighting, loose flooring, and other environmental hazards may cause a guest to slip, trip, or fall and become seriously injured.
  • Infections Caused by Poor Sanitation: An Airbnb should be properly cleaned – not only for the guests’ comfort, but also to prevent the spread of disease. If a guest experiences a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection due to unsanitary conditions in the home, he or she may have a valid personal injury claim.
  • Bedbugs: Bed bugs are small insects that feed on the blood of animals and humans. They often hide in mattresses and other furniture. If an Airbnb owner knew or should have known about a bed bug infestation, he or she may be liable for injuries and property damages caused by the insects.
  • Intentional Violence: Sadly, some Airbnb guests have been the victims of sexual assault and other acts of violence. Victims may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.

Contact a Lake County Airbnb Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one were hurt while staying in an Airbnb, contact the talented Waukegan premises liability attorneys at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to discuss your legal options. Call us today at 847-662-3303 and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. We take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis which means that you only pay a fee if we obtain financial compensation for you.

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Lake County personal injury attorneysAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), More than 4,000 young people pass away every year from complications caused by excessive drinking. It is against the law for people under age 21 to purchase alcohol, but it is estimated that 11 percent of the alcohol consumed in the United States is consumed by underage individuals. Underage drinking can have horrific, life-altering consequences—not only for the drinker but for others as well. Young people who do not know how intoxicated they really are may get into catastrophic car accidents that result in serious injuries and death. For all of these reasons, Illinois passed a measure called the Drug or Alcohol Impaired Minor Responsibility Act. According to the act, adults who allow underage individuals to drink may be liable for injuries or deaths caused by drunk driving accidents or by the drinking itself.

Death of Young Girl Prompts Illinois Law

The Drug or Alcohol Impaired Minor Responsibility Act, or “social host liability act” was enacted in 2004 in response to the death of a young Illinois woman. The 16-year-old was at a friend’s house when she was encouraged by her friends and their father to drink an extreme amount of liquor. According to court documents, her friends, who were 18 and 21 years old at the time, offered her money if she could drink an entire bottle of liquor without losing consciousness or vomiting. The teenager drank the bottle and then became unresponsive.

Although the friends and their father were aware of the teenager’s condition, they did not immediately take her to the hospital for medical treatment. She eventually received medical care, but because treatment was so delayed, she passed away from alcohol poisoning.  The mother of the young girl killed by binge drinking brought a wrongful death claim against the family that encouraged her to drink to excess. However, the circuit court of Cook County dismissed the case. As a response, the Illinois state legislature passed the law now referred to as the social host law.

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Waukegan premises liability attorneysFalling can lead to traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, spinal injuries, internal organ damage, and more. Something as simple as a broken handrail on a flight of stairs or slippery floor can cause a person to suffer agonizing injuries. People who are hurt in a fall may need extensive medical treatment and ongoing care. Their injuries may prevent them from working, maintaining their home, caring for children, and enjoying life the way they could before being injured. Fall-related expenses such as these can quickly become overwhelming. If you or a loved one have experienced a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible for compensation.

What Are the Illinois Laws Regarding Premises Liability?

Premises liability laws pertain to an injured person’s right to pursue damages after being injured on another person’s property. According to the Illinois Premises Liability Act, property owners, managers, and occupiers have a legal duty to keep premises reasonably safe for people who are lawfully on the property. If a hazardous condition does exist on the property, the owner must take action to fix the condition or warn guests to the property about the unsafe condition.  

When Is a Property Owner Responsible for Slip and Fall Injuries?

In order to bring a successful personal injury claim against a residential or commercial property owner, you will need to establish that the owner’s negligence led to your injuries. Often, a slip and fall accident is caused by an unsafe condition on a property such as a parking lot pothole, broken or icy walkway, loose floorboard, torn carpeting or loose rug, or poorly constructed staircase. If it can be proven that the owner was aware of the unsafe condition and it represented an unreasonable risk to guests, the property owner may be liable for injuries caused by a slip and fall.

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