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What is the "open and obvious" defense in premises liability?

The general rule concerning premises liability in Illinois is that the owner or occupier of property has a duty to protect people on the property from reasonably foreseeable harm. This duty of care is subject to certain limitations, one of which is known as the "open and obvious" defense. This defense holds that if the danger on the property is known to or obvious to people who enter the property, then the owner or occupier of the land does not owe them a duty of care with regard to that particular condition.

Landlord negligence: how we can help

In general, landlords cannot be held liable for injuries that occur on their property. But there is an important exception to this rule. A landlord can be held responsible if the landlord was negligent in maintaining the property, and that negligence resulted in you or someone you love being injured.

Who is responsible for snow removal on sidewalks?

There is a line from a popular cable television series that goes, "Winter is coming." In a similar vein, although currently spring is about to give way to summer in Chicago, residents of the city are never forgetful that eventually winter will return and with it the usual accumulations of snow. And every winter the question comes up after the first snowfall, "Who is responsible for keeping the sidewalks clear?"

What constitutes a slip and fall accident?

When you go shopping, typically you expect to be able to do so safely. But when there are dangerous conditions in the store, things can turn ugly quickly. If you have been injured by a slip and fall accident in a shop, it is important to know if the incident is grounds for a premises liability case.

Landlord liability for criminal activity

Landlords have certain legal duties and responsibilities, such as the duty to repair property and to maintain it in a habitable condition. As a general rule, landlords do not have a duty to protect tenants from criminal activity that occurs on the premises. Of course, there are exceptions.

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