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Product liability refers to the liability of any or all parties along the chain of manufacturing or distribution of a particular product for any damage caused by that product. This will apply to the manufacturer of individual component parts, or the assembling manufacturer, the designer, the wholesaler, and even the retail store owner. Product liability covers both the consumer of the product and also anyone to whom the product was given or loaned.
The first step in proving landlord negligence is creating documentation of your safety or security complaints that went unresolved, or even building code violations, particularly if fines were assessed. Safety concerns and building code violations often overlap, particularly when it comes to unsafe stairs or balconies, missing or damaged handrails, faulty wiring, and dangerous conditions in swimming pool areas. When it comes to premises liability and the negligent landlord, an experienced landlord negligence lawyer will need to help sift through the details to determine whether you have a reasonable chance to execute a claim against the landlord.
Like any personal injury lawsuit, you’ll first need to prove that another person or business entity is responsible for your injuries and was negligent. Where a case becomes more complicated for a self-employed person is in the calculation of lost wages. If you work for someone else, either as an hourly or salaried employee, it is rather straightforward to calculate how many hours or days of work you lost due to your injuries and provide a letter stating what regular compensation and bonuses, commissions, or other forms of compensation you missed out on. You can also include any sick, vacation, or bonus days you had to use during your hospitalization and recovery. If you are self-employed, the process becomes more complicated.
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Premises Liability and the Wrongful Deaths of Two Teens

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The Chicago and Berwyn Premises Liability Lawyers at Grazian and Volpe have written extensively of the complexities involved where a workers’ compensation and third party personal injury liability claim co-exist. This recent lawsuit highlights these issues in a tragically.

A fourteen year old girl and her co-worker were electrocuted in July while removing tassels from corn at an Illinois farm near Tampico. They were employed by Monsanto. Both teenagers were killed when they came into contact with a field irrigator while working. An investigation into the incident indicates that there was an appreciated and understood electrical problem with the connection to the irrigation system but that nothing had been done to correct the hazard. At the time of the deaths, about 72 people were detasseling corn and two other teenagers were seriously injured and six other workers were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The lawsuit alleges that Monsanto knew about problems with the field’s irrigation equipment and failed to repair the issues. The owner of the property had given instructions that the electricity should be shut off but it was not done. OSHA is currently investigating the incident and Monsanto has denied the decedent’s claims. ConEd has also been named as defendant. Apparently, the electric meter  had been struck and damaged by lightening and the suit alleges negligence in failure to repair.

We will be monitoring this case to see how it impacts issues of workers’ injury law, personal injury law and premises liability law. The issues presented by the combination of these causes of action will be instructional in filing similiar suits on behalf of our clients. The Chicago and South Chicago Accident Lawyers at Grazian and Volpe wish the best of luck and our sympathies to the victims and their families.

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 Law Group, Ltd.

Chicago accident lawyer Kurt D. Lloyd