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Chicago premises liability attorneyThe Illinois Premises Liability Act protects visitors from harm caused by the carelessness or negligence of property owners and operators. The law holds people responsible for premises liability if their actions or negligence result in injury, ensuring that all parties take reasonable steps to keep licensees and invitees safe while on-site.

Who Is Considered a Licensee or Invitee?

Under Illinois law, visitors on a property are divided into two categories: licensees and invitees. A licensee is someone who enters another’s property with permission but without an implied or expressed invitation from the owner or occupier of the land. An invitee is someone who enters another’s property with an implied or expressed invitation from the owner or occupier of the land. Both of these are very different from a trespasser, who would far less standing to file a premises liability action following an injury.

What are the Elements of a Premises Liability Case in Illinois? 

For a plaintiff to successfully bring forth a premises liability claim against an owner or occupier in Illinois, they must prove four elements: 

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Chicago Negligent Security Apartment Injury LawyerTenants in an apartment have certain legal rights. Landlords and property owners have certain legal responsibilities. One such responsibility is the obligation to provide a safe and secure environment for their tenants. When negligent security leads to a tenant's injury or death, the landlord may be held liable under what is known as premises liability.

If you have been injured in an assault or other crime on apartment property, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.

What is Considered Negligent Security?

Apartment complexes have a duty to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of their tenants. This means they must take action to deter and prevent criminal activity on the premises. There is no way to completely prevent crime or tenant injuries, but apartment landlords must provide a reasonable degree of security.

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IL injury lawyerRecently, people throughout the United States were horrified by the collapse of a 12-story condo building in Miami, Florida. The 40-year-old building had shown signs of deterioration due to the salty climate and regular storms in the area, but its owners had not taken action to perform repairs or address the risks of a collapse. The rubble of the building is still being searched for survivors, but at least 54 people have been confirmed dead, and it is likely that the death toll will be over 100.

This disaster demonstrates the importance of following building codes and ensuring that a structure is safe for its occupants. Unfortunately, far too many building owners, including many in the Chicago area, fail to regularly inspect their buildings and perform repairs to ensure that they are in compliance with safety regulations. When people are injured because of the negligence of a building’s owner, they may be able to pursue a premises liability lawsuit and recover compensation for their injuries and damages.

Injuries Due to Building Code Violations

There are many ways that failure to follow building codes can threaten people’s safety, including:

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