Many people in Illinois often experience accidents due to their own clumsiness and inattention. Others are injured as a result of a property owner's negligence -- the failure to adequately recognize and/or correct potentially dangerous property conditions. For example, a man who recently won a premises liability lawsuit against Walmart claims that while he used to be able to play basketball several times a week, now he must use a walker due to a fall that was the store's fault.
In our last post, we began discussing Illinois law concerning premises liability, and specifically the duties property owners owe to those entering onto their property. As we noted, the general rule is that property owners owe a reasonable duty of care under the circumstances.
For property owners, ensuring the safety of those who enter onto their land can be a source of anxiety due to the fear of liability for injury or death. This is especially true for property owners who are engaged in dangerous activities on their property, who have a dangerous condition on their property, or who have a lot of traffic on their property.