When you are in your own home, you have the responsibility to create a safe environment for yourself, your family and any visitors to your home. When you become aware of a potential danger, it is very likely that you will act immediately in order to make it safe. When you are on a private premises, such as a restaurant or a health club, it is the responsibility of the premises owner to ensure that the environment is safe.
If you have been injured because you tripped or fell on private property, it may have been because there was not adequate lighting in place. Inadequate lighting can mean that you could not properly see down a corridor or stairwell. If you have been injured in this kind of situation, it is important to understand how fault is proven and how compensation is recovered.
Was the injury preventable?
The main question when it comes to proving fault is whether the premises in question could have reasonably done something in order to prevent the accident from happening. If you believe that inadequate lighting was the ultimate cause of the accident, it would need to be argued that the lighting was poor enough for the premises to detect a potential danger.
It should also be shown that if the premises had fixed the lighting, the accident would never have occurred. Replacing broken bulbs and fixtures are low-cost repairs that can help keep visitors to a property safe.
If you have questions relating to your fall on a premises in the state of Illinois, it is important to conduct through research to understand whether you have a claim.