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Premises liability doesn’t end with the winter

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2015 | Premises Liability

One of the most common types of premises liability cases in Illinois involves the removal of ice and snow. It can build up and be a serious danger, and business owners and others who do not remove it may be liable if others are injured as a result. However, as the winter comes to a close and spring arrives in full force, it’s important to remember that premises liability doesn’t end as well.

After all, a lawsuit can come from almost anything that makes a property unsafe. For instance, a stairway that is not safe could collapse as people are going up or down, or the railing could break and send someone falling to the floor below. There is an expectation that things like stairways, railings, catwalks, balconies and other such areas are kept up to code so that people are not in danger.

For landlords, security can be an issue. Tenants could start a case if they are hurt during a home invasion, for example, if the landlord did not do enough to provide them with security. This does not mean installing a state-of-the-art security system. It simply means that locks on the doors and windows have to be in place, as well as other common security features. If a tenant reports that a lock is broken and the landlord then does nothing to fix it, allowing an easy home invasion to take place, some of the fault could be on the landlord.

If you want to learn more about how premises liability cases work all year around, please check out our site right now.