October 2014 Archives

Chicago teacher sues companies for injuries caused by elevator

According to a civil complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court, a Chicago-area charter school teacher is suing Otis Elevator, Schindler Elevator, Stonewater One North State Funding and Transwestern for damages in excess of $50,000. The complaint, filed Dec. 16, 2013, alleges that the woman's hand and arm were badly injured when the elevator door in which she was riding closed unexpectedly, catching her hand in it.

Lawsuit claims man died after landlord fails to clean up flood

It was reported on Oct. 14 that an Illinois woman filed a lawsuit against her father's landlord and the realty group that owned the building after a flood occurred in the basement apartment the father was renting. The woman claimed that the landlord refused to take care of the water, causing the woman's father to suffer injuries and ultimately die.

A landlord's duty to change the lock

According to Illinois state law, any landlord who leases a unit for occupation is required to change or rekey the lock on the unit as soon as there is a change of occupancy. After an old renter has left the unit, the landlord must change the lock on the dwelling before a new renter moves in or on the day that the new renter moves in.

Common terms in civil actions

If a person is involved in a tort action, they may benefit from having an understanding of the different terms involved in the proceedings. The terms fault, contributory fault and tortfeasor are commonly used and have been specifically defined in Illinois Statutes.

Premises liability in Illinois

Use of a private property that results in harm to an individual could raise questions of responsibility. The duty of a property owner may affect an injured person's ability to seek damages in connection with an accident. An owner or occupier of land is expected to exercise reasonable care. However, there may be cases in which this is dependent on the nature of the hazards.

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