Cities may be liable for injuries caused by pothole near parked vehicle and other unsafe property conditions

January 7, 2013

On June 16, 2013, the Illinois appellate court for the fourth district held that the City of Springfield may be responsible and liable for ankle injuries sustained by a woman who slipped into a pothole while she was walking around her parked vehicle after placing an item in the passenger seat.  The vehicle was lawfully parked near a curb on a city street.  The court held that the injured woman was an “intended user” of the portion of the street where the injury occurred.  Therefore, the city of Springfield was not immune from liability for allegations that it failed to maintain its streets in a reasonably safe condition.

Lane & Lane, LLC has handled numerous cases against cities and other governmental entities for for their failure to maintain premises. We have been very successful in overcoming their various defenses including the immunity they often claim.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of the unsafe condition of public or private property, you may be able to take action. Please contact the attorneys of Lane & Lane, LLC, or call us at 312-332-1400 to speak with us about your options. We can help. To learn more about Lane & Lane, please visit our website at www.lane-lane.com.

 

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