Whether one is a tenant, unit owner or guest within an apartment building, there is a duty of care that is owed by the apartment building owner to these individuals. If one is involved in an Chicago apartment building accident, he or she may be able to sue the apartment building owner under a negligence theory for the owner’s failure to meet this duty of care.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to holding Chicago apartment owners and management companies fully accountable when their negligence causes injuries to tenants and visitors. Our Chicago apartment building accident lawyers can help you get the maximum compensation that you are entitled to under Illinois law. Before you consider attempting to resolve an injury case on your own, contact our law firm for a free case review.
Why Chicago Apartment Building Accidents Typically Happen
Apartment building accidents frequently arise when owners fail to make repairs to structures on the building. They may fail to repair broken stairs, and a person may trip on the stairs as a result. They may fail to provide systematic maintenance of the structure, such as removal of snow from outside driveways and sidewalks. They may fail to repair a ceiling that is in need of maintenance, and a person may be struck by a falling piece of ceiling as he or she walk through the building.
The failure to maintain a building or complete necessary repairs are two of the most common ways in which apartment building accidents happen. An apartment building owner may not want to spend the funds for a necessary repair. He or she may also simply be too lax or lazy to complete the repairs that are needed in an apartment. This behavior is unacceptable when tenants, unit owners and guests are injured as a result. Apartment building owners must be held accountable when they know of unsafe conditions and yet still fail to make the repairs needed to fix those conditions.
Types of Apartment Building Accidents
There are other specific types of apartment building accidents that can result from poor maintenance or a lack of due care. It is important for tenants and unit owners to pay attention to whether these accidents occur on a regular basis within the building, because it may be easier to establish that the building owner is being negligent. Here are some of the types of apartment building accidents that people can watch out for in their daily lives:
- Falls due to slippery floors
- Stairs in disrepair
- Cracked ceilings and falling residue from ceilings
- Accidents in poorly maintained elevators
- Poor lighting throughout the premises
- Failure to provide necessary security
- Falls down stairways
- Assaults and fights occurring within apartment buildings
- Outbreak of fires in apartment buildings
- Building collapses
- Building code defects
- Children harmed due to lead poisoning
- Accidents in parking lots
These accidents should never occur in an apartment building structure. Individuals have the right to live in areas that are free from unreasonable risks and unsafe conditions. Owners should be held accountable when tenants and others have been seriously injured or even faced death as a result of accidents on the premises. In the worst cases, individuals may even die as the result of the outbreak of a serious fire or other extremely unsafe condition. If one has died as the result of a building owner’s negligence, then family members may wish to meet with a personal injury lawyer to discuss the possibility of filing a wrongful death claim.
A Chicago apartment building accident lawyer can analyze who the responsible parties may be for your injury including apartment building owners, maintenance companies or outside contractors. If you were injured as a tenant or visitor to a Chicago apartment building, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your claim is filed within the Illinois Statute of Limitations for Chicago personal injury actions.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represents apartment tenants and guests who have been injured due to the carelessness of other parties. As with all of our accident cases, we begin work on your case from the time our office is retained to ensure all responsible parties are help fully responsible. We encourage you to contact our Illinois premises liability attorneys to discuss your legal options following an incident before you ever speak to an insurance company representative in order to ensure your rights are not prejudiced. Our attorneys and investigators are available to speak to you about your case anytime that is convenient for you. 888-424-5757