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Premises liability refers to the liability the owner or occupier of a building or property has when a visitor suffers an accident on his or her property. If the owner was aware of the dangerous condition or was negligent, he or she could be held liable for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages incurred. 
A Belleville man is on the road to recovery after a dog attack left him with serious injuries. Known as man’s best friend, dogs offer companionship, security, assistance, and other support to their owners. Sometimes, however, they cause serious injuries that have lasting effects.  A week after he was attacked by two unknown dogs, the Belleville man remained in the hospital, recovering from the dog bite injuries and receiving rabies treatment.
If you were injured on someone’s property in Chicago, Illinois, whether the property is owned by a business or private individual, you may qualify to file a premises liability claim. Several types of incidents fall under premises liability claims. It’s important to know whether your case falls under a premises liability category and the conditions you must meet to hold the landowner responsible.
If you were injured in a trucking accident in Chicago, Berwyn, Oak Lawn, Cicero, or a nearby community, call the injury attorneys at Lloyd Miller Law for a free consultation.

Chicago Porches and Premises Liability: Landlords Heed the City!

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Sean Helfin was 24 when he fell from a second-floor porch railing at his girlfriend’s apartment on North Bissell in Chicago in July 2007. He suffered a serious brain injury and died a little more than six months later.

Sean’s mother alleged in her lawsuit that the porch railings were about 10 inches lower than the 42 inches required by the Chicago Building Code. The property management company which also owned the building settled.

We applaud Sean’s mother for weathering her grief to bring this suit and focus attention on premises liability and porch safety. This case differed from the previous Lincoln Park accidents which involved porch collapses. Citizens look to enforcement of the Chicago Building Code for protection against all porch tragedies. However, the reality is that enforcement is spotty. We hope that this particular verdict serves as notice to property managers and landlords that they bear the ultimate responsibility for compliance and should not be complacent simply because they have not been inspected or have not received a building code violation. In addition, we hope insurance companies take note and become more stringent in advising their insured of safety compliance issues and demanding adherence to building code requirements.

Chicago’s porches on walk-up buildings are small and generally not suitable for large gatherings of people. Coupled with their age and state of repair, it is best that tenants and their guests avoid overloading the platforms. Tenants should report their concerns involving the suitability, stability and strength of the porches and railings and endeavor to avoid any suspect porches.

About the Author

Kurt D. Lloyd is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who focuses on medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury cases. He lives in Chicago and represents injured clients throughout Illinois. He is also the founder of Lloyd Miller Law, Ltd.

Years of Experience: Over 35 years
Illinois Registration Status: Active
Bar Admissions: Illinois State Bar

Kurt D. Lloyd is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who focuses on medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury cases. He lives in Chicago and represents injured clients throughout Illinois. He is also the founder of Lloyd Miller Law, Ltd.

Years of Experience: Approx. 20 years
Minnesota Registration Status: Active
Bar & Court Admissions: Illinois State Bar Association U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Kurt D. Lloyd is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who focuses on medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury cases. He lives in Chicago and represents injured clients throughout Illinois. He is also the founder of Lloyd Miller Law, Ltd.

Years of Experience: Over 35 years
Illinois Registration Status: Active
Bar Admissions: Illinois State Bar
About the Author

Kurt D. Lloyd is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who focuses on medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury cases. He lives in Chicago and represents injured clients throughout Illinois. He is also the founder of Lloyd Miller Law, Ltd.

Years of Experience: Over 35 years
Illinois Registration Status: Active
Bar Admissions: Illinois State Bar