Common Code ViolationsMany commercial property owners fail to understand what they need to do to keep visitors safe under Chicago’s complex and confusing building code, and many willfully ignore the code’s requirements. Common violations include:
- Defective or damaged stairways
- Broken or defective handrails
- Inadequate lighting
- Bad wiring
- Faulty plumbing
- Unsafe balconies
Inspection by a Licensed ArchitectThe premises liability lawyers at Abels & Annes often work on cases with serious injuries. When we first started the process, one of the first steps we might take is retaining a licensed architect. Many times we have had an architect on scene within days or even hours of taking a case. When architect performs an inspection, they typically will:
- Visually inspect the alleged defect or defects
- Take measurements and photographs
- Determine what if any code violations exist
- Write a thorough report detailing his or her findings
Contact Code EnforcementAfter your trip and fall injury caused by a potential code violation, you and your premises liability lawyer can consider alerting Chicago building code enforcement by calling 311 or filing a complaint online on the city’s 311 website. If you call 311, you can speak with someone who can take your information and file a complaint. You can describe the code violation to the city employee that takes the call. Your Chicago premises liability attorney can also help you file the complaint online and follow up on it. As you can imagine, code violation complaints happen frequently in Chicago and enforcement officers constantly find themselves underwater. Keeping tabs on the enforcement officer’s progress may help augment your premises liability claim. If the enforcement officer issues a citation, your lawyer will know about it by reviewing Chicago’s code enforcement website. Your premises liability lawyer can use this information against the property owner to show they were at fault for your injuries and should be on the hook for your medical bills. It is especially helpful if the property owner admits guilt or pays a fine. Code enforcement violations and subsequent premises liability claims present unique challenges. This is not something you should try alone. Lean on the experience of a Chicago premises liability lawyer to help you recover for your injuries—someone who can dedicate time to you and your loved ones so you can put all of your effort and energy into getting back on your feet. Without a lawyer at your side, you are vulnerable to the preying tactics of big insurance companies. Your premises liability lawyer can help you battle them and maximize your recovery.
Holding the Property Owner LiableTo hold the property owner liable for your injuries, it’s not as simple as saying you were injured while visiting their property—or by getting the city to issue a citation or fine for a building code violation. It involves a complex legal process to show the property owner is liable for your injuries and your medical bills. You must show:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care to provide a safe property for you to visit.
- The property owner breached the duty of care by violating one or more of Chicago’s building codes.
- The violation of the building code caused your injury.
- Because of your injury, you have suffered damages.
Importance of CompensationTwo-thirds of all Americans who file bankruptcy do so because of medical bills. This scary statistic shows just how high medical expenses can get. When you suffer an injury in a commercial property in Chicago, you may face extremely high medical bills to help you recover. In fact, you could face:
- Extended hospital stays
- Multiple surgeries
- Extended time out of work
- Frequent doctor visits
- High prescription medication costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Present and future medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
Lawyers Can Help With an Injury Claim Due to Code ViolationsThe right lawyer can make a difference in your Chicago premises liability case. A building code violation is not always clearcut, and might require extensive investigation. Moreover, you don’t want to try to understand the code and its ramifications for your premises liability case without the trained eye of a lawyer. You do not want to put your case in the hands of just any lawyer. You need a lawyer with experience in Chicago premises liability cases who can help you recover every dollar you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial building in Chicago, you owe it to yourself to speak with an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney today.
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