Skateboarding is a popular activity, sport and mode of transport in Illinois, but it can also be dangerous. According to a skateboarding enthusiast and instructor, the risk of injury is part of the draw of the pass time. When people get hurt while skateboarding, though, the owner of the property where they were hurt might have liability.
Premises liability law in Illinois states that every property owner, as well as every non-owner resident, has a responsibility to maintain a safe environment. This means that they may be held liable for any accidents or injuries that happen on the property. There are five principal ways that liability is determined.
Many Illinois residents were horrified when they learned that a 10-year-old boy was decapitated on the Verruckt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Water Park in 2016. Located in Kansas City, Kansas, the waterslide was billed as the tallest in the world and was new when the accident happened.
Every year, over one million people in Illinois and throughout the United States are injured from using stairs. Even though women, young children and older adults tend to report the greater number of injuries, people of every age seek emergency care for bumps, fractures, sprains and strains. According to a recent study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, the rate of stair-use injuries is rising.
If an Illinois business fails to properly maintain its property or minimize hazards that may be found on the property, a person who injuries an ankle while visiting the premises could hold the business financially responsible. Because ankle injuries can be severe, the injured person could need extensive medical treatment.
People who enjoy going to Illinois amusement parks may wonder who is liable when an accident occurs. In some cases, the manufacturer may share responsibility with the park owners and operators.
Residential and commercial property owners in Illinois and elsewhere around the country generally get annoyed when skateboarders show up unannounced and uninvited in their spaces, and for good reason. Premises liability is a legal concept that holds both private homeowners and public business operators responsible for any injuries that occur on their property, especially if they were preventable.
Illinois business owners have a duty to keep guests on their premises safe from hazards all year round. In the winter months, they may have to work a little harder to keep their premises safe due to cold weather hazards like ice and snow. If they fail to do so, they may be held financially responsible for slip-and-fall accidents involving customers and staff.