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Who is liable after a fall on a staircase?

Staircases can be one of the most common places where people fall, especially when using a particular staircase for the first time. While we might be used to using the staircase in our home and be prepared for any of the uneven steps, using a staircase in an unfamiliar place, such as a restaurant or a shopping mall, can be a different matter and can lead to dangerous falls.

Do I have a claim after a nightclub injury?

Nightclubs and bars can be chaotic places, and with the mix of alcohol, loud music volumes and low lighting, it can be a recipe for disaster. While it is very unlikely that you will be able to make a legal claim against a nightclub or bar for an accident that was a result of drunken behavior, it is possible in many cases to prove that the establishment acted negligently, and therefore, that they are liable for the accident that occurred.

Animal owners may have to pay big if their animal bites someone

There are many pet owners in Chicago, Illinois. Hopefully, most of them keep their animals inside, behind a fence or on a leash, in order to prevent the animals from intruding upon the person or property of other people. If they don't, and their animal bites someone, the owner may face a very expensive premises liability case.

Do you have to shovel your sidewalk?

Despite hopes that winter would end early Chicago, Illinois, that hasn't happened. The windy city has been the cold city, much to the distress of residents who dream of summer. Due to the ongoing low temperatures, there may yet be snowfalls before the weather improves. Snow can result in slippery sidewalks and corresponding premises liability. Let's address a few questions about that.

Stairs can be a source of injuries

Chicago, Illinois, has some of the most impressive buildings in the world, as well as other buildings that are lesser known. Those buildings are sites of bustling commerce, with everyone from billionaire CEOs to minimum wage clerks going in and out of them every day. Naturally, most of those people use the buildings' stairs, both in entering and exiting the building and within the building. When someone slips and falls on the stairs and gets injured, there can be a premises liability case.

Court clarifies liability for slip-and-fall accidents

No matter how delightful it may be within the warmly heated homes and businesses of Chicago, Illinois, the weather outside is about to get frightful, for winter is coming and bringing with it lots of snow. For property owners, that raises premises liability considerations, since employees, customers and passersby might slip and fall on ice and snow and then sue the owner of the property that it happened on for a fortune.

Elevator safety is important

Chicago, Illinois, is famous for tall buildings. Those buildings, and many smaller ones, have elevators that thousands of people ride up and down on a daily basis. When people are injured while riding on those elevators, building owners may face premises liability claims. Those claims can be precluded by ensuring that everyone who uses the elevators does so in the safest manner possible.

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