Many Chicago slip-and-fall cases involve the presence of an environmental factor, including:
◦ Loose carpets
◦ Unstable rugs
◦ Slippery floors
◦ Uneven pavement
◦ Lack of a handrail
◦ Poor lighting
◦ Uneven stairs
◦ The presence of clutter or other potentially hazardous objects
While a landowner does not guarantee the safety of invited guests, they must take reasonable care, based on the circumstances. Typically, to succeed in bringing a Chicago premise liability case, a plaintiff must prove three elements:
1. The landowner knew of the dangerous condition or should have known about it through the exercise of reasonable care;
2. The visitor could not have reasonably been expected to recognize the hazard; and
3. The landowner failed to take reasonable steps to fix the dangerous condition of their property.
Illinois premises liability cases may seem straightforward; however, property owners often claim that the person who was injured on their property was partially or solely responsible for their own injuries. At Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, we have over 30 years of experience handling all types of slip-and-fall claims and can anticipate what a defense will be before the case is even filed, giving you a major advantage.