Premises liability accidents involve situations where someone is hurt on another person’s property due to the failure of the owner or operator of the property to exercise reasonable care in keeping the premises safe. This means that a premises liability accident can happen virtually anywhere. After you are injured, it can be challenging to know the best way to go about collecting the compensation that you may be owed from a careless owner. At Therman Law Offices, our Chicago personal injury lawyers are prepared to help you explore your potential case and assert your rights.
In a recent claim, an Illinois Court of Appeal considered a case in which the plaintiff alleged that he was injured when he came into contact with a wall heater at the defendant’s establishment, a bar located in Pekin. The establishment had a beer garden functioning as an outdoor smoking area. In the smoking area, a gas-powered heater was mounted on the wall with a sign above it that said, “Heater is hot. We are not responsible for your silly ass getting too close!! Thanks, Pottsie’s.”
The plaintiff alleged that he backed up to the heater to get warm and was swaying back and forth as he was standing. He leaned back to scratch his shoulder and the flannel shirt that he was wearing caught fire due to coming into contact with the heater. He suffered injuries as a result of the incident. An EMT who responded to the accident recorded notes indicating that the plaintiff consumed approximately eight beers during the evening on which the accident took place. The plaintiff also admitted being intoxicated on the same evening.