One of the most frustrating aspects of a Chicago personal injury lawsuit can be figuring out who is responsible for your injuries. There are often multiple defendants involved in an accident, especially if it happens at a business or other public location. Even if you are able to identify each potentially liable defendant in your lawsuit, they may play games and try to blame the other parties even if they are partially liable. This can create frustration and delays, which prevent injury victims from receiving the compensation that they deserve. At Therman Law Offices, we represent the victims of personal injury accidents and help them fight for the fair treatment and compensation that they deserve.
In a recent lawsuit, the Illinois Court of Appeal issued an opinion regarding a dispute over which defendants were liable for the plaintiff’s injuries. The plaintiff alleged that she was injured while at work after a rack containing merchandise collapsed near her causing its contents to hit her. She was operating a forklift at the time of the accident. In her complaint, she alleged that she was hired by the forklift company to perform work at a property owned by another entity. She alleged that the property owner had a duty to keep the property in a safe condition for employees, invitees, and licensees and that it breached its duty by not addressing the dangerous condition that the shelf posed.
She also alleged that the property owner was responsible for managing the storage racks and that they were not secured properly at the time of the accident. Furthermore, she asserted that the property owner knew or should have known that that was creating an unnecessarily dangerous working environment.