Walking down the sidewalk should be a rather mundane activity, not a dangerous one. Sometimes, however, the sidewalk is unsafe and can cause injuries to pedestrians. This is exactly what happened to a woman who was walking into a restaurant in Northbrook. The woman was walking on the sidewalk in front of an establishment when she tripped and fell, causing serious injuries. The family of the woman, who later died, has filed a lawsuit against the Northbrook restaurant, Once Upon a Grill. According to the lawsuit, the establishment is responsible for keeping the sidewalk safe for pedestrian traffic and failed to do so. The lawsuit names the property owners for negligence. Seeking compensation through a personal injury claim is an option for individuals who have been injured because of another party’s negligence.
Property owners are typically responsible for the proper upkeep and maintenance of their property. This usually includes both indoor and outdoor spaces where anyone may have access to the property. In this case, the lawsuit alleges that the property owners, Pillman Properties, Pillman Limited Partnership, and Chicago Title and Trust failed to repair the sidewalk near the building entrance. The owners are therefore allegedly responsible for the injuries the woman suffered as a result of her fall.
Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than a million slip and fall accidents occur every year in the United States. Approximately 17,000 people die yearly due to injuries related to slip and fall accidents. In this case, the woman fell because the sidewalk or concrete walkway was in a state of disrepair and the surface was uneven. Because the walkway is part of the immediate premises of the restaurant building, the property owner is liable for ensuring it is safe upkeep.
In order to successfully resolve a personal injury or wrongful death claim, you must prove both liability and negligence. Premises liability means that the person or entity you are suing was responsible for maintaining the premises. Once liability is established, you must also prove that negligence occurred. A negligent act is one where the person knew there was a potential for danger or injury yet did not take proper action to fix it. In this case, the owners allegedly knew the sidewalk was in disrepair but did nothing to replace or repair it. Further, they did not warn the public that there could be a potential problem.
When someone suffers a serious injury because of a slip and fall accident, it may be cause for legal action. While an injury might not seem serious at first, many such injuries worsen over time. The medical expenses related to this type of injury can be quite high, particularly if surgery and rehabilitation are required. Some injuries are so serious that full recovery will never happen. If you or someone you love was hurt because of the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. You may seek damages that include money for medical treatments, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Michael T. Friedman & Associates, P.C. to discuss your case with us.
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