The Illinois Appellate Court for the First District recently ruled in favor of victims injured due to defective property conditions. In Nguyen v. Lam, the Illinois Appellate Court found that the Plaintiff presented enough evidence to create a genuine issue of material fact regarding the Defendants' constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition on their property where the testimony and photographs of the rusty catch basin lid and deteriorated surrounding concrete showed those conditions had existed for a sufficient length of time. The Court also rejected the argument by the Defense that Plaintiff needed to present an expert to testify about the duration of the defect.
The Illinois Appellate Court for the First District recently determined that surrounding circumstances are relevant when determining whether a defect can be de minimis as a matter of law. A pothole of a depth between half an inch and 2 inches was a defect not so minor to be considered de minimis as a manner of law.
A weather emergency is a real emergency. That's especially true when you're operating without permanent structures, as responsible fairs and circuses know. If your customers and employees are relying on a tent to protect them, that tent had better be erected correctly and rated for severe weather or you're putting them directly in harm's way.
On August 2, 2015, at approximately 2:45 p.m., a microburst rolled through western Chicagoland and wreaked havoc on suburban Wood Dale's Prairie Fest. As the storm hit, festival attendees took to the main tent for shelter from the rain and hail. However, the tent buckled under the storm's winds and sent its tarp and support poles, along with audio equipment from the nearby concert stage, flying onto the crowd.
If you suffered injuries in a parking lot due to a trip, slip, fall or other danger, the owner and other entities responsible for the lot may be accountable for your injuries. Common injuries suffered in parking lots include head injuries, spinal cord injury and broken or fractured bones.