$1.3 Million Judgment for Chicago, Illinois Slip and Fall Incident
Posted on February 24th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
This week, a jury awarded $1.3 million to a Chicago man when a leaky ceiling at a transportation center caused him to slip and fall and shatter his kneecap.
According to victim’s lawyers, since no warning sign was present to indicate a wet spot, the building was liable for the plaintiff’s medical bills, rehabilitation therapy, and four months of lost wages.
Witnesses say that the ceiling had a leaking problem for over 17 years, which meant that the leasing agent responsible for the upkeep of the building bore the responsibility of the fault since it had knowledge of the leak.
One of victim’s lawyers stated that the judgment benefits all of the transportation center’s station passengers because “the building’s caretakers are finally being held accountable for their failure to protect the thousands of commuters that pass through the transportation center every day.”
The jury also apportioned some of the liability to the janitorial service company for its failure to clean up the leak and place caution sign around the signs.
Under premises liability law, property owners are responsible for keeping their property safe and hazard-free. If they don’t and a person is injured in an avoidable accident, the property owner is liable for all damages. Most often, premises liability involves slip and fall cases where warning signs were not present to indicate a wet or slippery area, or an employee failed to clean up a spill right away.
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If you have been involved in an accident on either private or public property where the owner was at fault, call the St Louis premises liability attorneys of The Cagle Law today for a free consultation. Our experienced legal staff can discuss the elements of your case and help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Zane T. Cagle at (314) 276-1681.