Whether you are a visitor, customer or tenant, it is important to realize that you may have specific legal rights if your injuries were due to inadequately maintained property. Landlords and owners of commercial properties likely owe you a duty under the law to use reasonable care in during property safety and conditions. These owners can avoid liability by merely taking the steps needed to keep the property safe. The reason owners tend to fail to make the required repairs is due to negligence in inspecting the property or not wanting to expend the funds needed for repairs.
When those in charge of a property fail to maintain it properly, others can suffer. A door with broken hinges may harm children, and tenants may suffer if proper smoke detectors are not installed in a rental home. There are numerous ways in which an inadequately maintained property can cause severe injuries to these individuals, or in the worst case, death. States often impose statutory duties on landlords to make certain repairs before a tenant moves into the home or apartment. If landlords ignore their duties under the law, then they may be the ones facing strict liability for damages resulting from this ignorance.
If you are suffering from injuries as a result of inadequate property maintenance, then feel free to contact our Illinois premises liability attorneys for help with your case. We offer a free case review at no cost to you. We will assess your claim and help you understand the legal options that are available to you.
Failure to Use Reasonable Care in Preventing Dangerous Property Conditions
It is important for plaintiffs to understand the broad duty that owners of property owe under the law. All too often, a tenant or customer may feel guilty and think that an injury was his or her fault. Tenants may not realize that they never had a duty to make certain repairs under the law. When they are eventually injured by a dangerous condition on the property, a landlord may try to place the liability on the tenant. Here are some other typical examples of inadequate maintenance:
- Failure to clean up slippery surfaces, leading to slip and fall accidents
- Failure to warn about hidden defects in a property (which may also raise issues of other claims-fraudulent concealment and misrepresentation)
- Failure to provide proper security, such as guards, security cameras, railings, fencing and lighting
- Failure to clean up cluttered aisles
- Failure to repair cracked sidewalks
- Dog bites and attacks
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Failure to clean up ice or snow on a sidewalk
- Failure to fix loose door hinges
- Failure to clean up tree limbs or fallen trees
- Failure to warn of construction zones
As you can see, there are numerous ways in which your claim might fall under the umbrella of “inadequate maintenance” in negligence law. All of these examples relate back to the notion that a property owner owes a duty to the world to act as “a reasonable person.” This duty means that they must maintain the premises in a safe condition that does not pose unreasonable risks of harm to the public.
Liability for Inadequate Maintenance Accidents
Determining legal responsibility for inadequate maintenance accidents is often the most challenging aspect of handling these cases. Specific nuances in Illinois law make premises liability claims complicated. For example, tenants are required to put a landlord on notice when a property needs certain repairs. If a tenant is aware of a dangerous condition, fails to provide notice to a landlord and is subsequently injured, then he or she may not be able to recover any damages. An Illinois premises liability attorney can analyze your case to see whether you have a valid claim in light of nuances in Illinois premises liability laws.
Speak with Illinois Premises Liability Attorneys Today
Illinois premises liability attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC welcome your questions, concerns, and inquiries about your inadequately maintained property case. We are happy to spend time in reviewing the facts of your case to help you in this stressful time. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, and this means that you do not pay any fees until there is some form of recovery in your case.