We’ve all taken a tumble, and we can usually shake it off like a kid tripping on the playground. But some trip-ups can be more serious both in the moment of an accident and for years to come. Injuries can be caused by others’ carelessness so easily that Illinois law accounts for owners’ and managers’ responsibilities to guests.
A Joliet man claims in a recently filed lawsuit that his hometown’s outlet of a national retailer was the site of a serious injury. The language of the claim says the man tripped and fell in the store’s entry vestibule. The fall caused injuries severe enough to require medical care and the man’s absence from work for a time after the accident.
The owners and managers of properties are generally exempt from personal injury claims if the victim entered without permission from or knowledge of the people in charge. For instance, the suit may be less likely to succeed if the man had tried to enter before opening time or against the normal flow of traffic.
The suit specifically states the victim was invited inside to the Will County store, which may be legally asserted with an “open” sign, open door or verbal invitation. The man’s lawyer is more than $50,000 in relief for compensation of medical expenses and lost wages during recovery.
Victims of personal injuries on someone else’s property may have a case for compensation and an injunction to prevent future harm to people. A lawyer is the best adviser on whether to pursue a lawsuit for personal injury against a person or organization.