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Are Landlords Responsible for Protecting Guests from Injury When Tenants Own a Dangerous Dog?

In Illinois and throughout the United States, it is common for renters to have pets live with them at a rental property. It is also common for renters to lack an insurance policy that covers injuries their pets inflict. In the case of Klitzka vs. Hellios, the Illinois Appellate Court addresses whether landlords… Read more →

Are Landlords Liable When Tenants’ Guests Are Injured Falling Down the Stairs at a Rental Property?

Renters are often unaware of the protocol they must follow when their home or apartment is in need of repair. Unfortunately, this means serious issues sometimes go unaddressed, which can result in injuries to tenants and their guests. In the case of Gilley v. Kiddel, the Illinois Appellate Court addresses the question of… Read more →

Are Employers Liable for Dog Bites that Occur When Employees Bring Pets to Work?

Some businesses allow employees to bring their pets to work, whether occasionally or on a regular basis. Unfortunately, these animals can cause serious injuries. In the case of Frost v. Robave, Inc., the Illinois Appellate Court discusses whether employers are liable for off-premises attacks caused by aggressive dogs that accompany their owners to… Read more →

Is an Employer-Landlord Responsible for Injuries Sustained on the Leased Premises When a Tenant’s Pet Attacks?

When people are attacked by aggressive dogs and suffer serious injuries as a result, it is common for the injured party to file a lawsuit against the dog owner. In situations where the attack occurs at a rental property, the landlord is sometimes named as a defendant in the suit. In the case… Read more →

Are Landlords Responsible for Injuries Caused by Their Tenants’ Pets?

In Illinois and throughout the United States, landlords frequently permit their tenants to own pets. Unfortunately, dogs and other animals can exhibit aggressive behaviors and cause injuries to neighbors, visitors, and passersby. In the case of Steinberg v. Petta, the Illinois Supreme Court considers the question of whether absentee property owners can be… Read more →

Are Horse Owners Responsible for Injuries Caused When Their Animals Are Provoked by a Third Party?

Throughout Illinois, horseback riding is a common leisure activity. It is also one with many inherent risks, including the risk of serious injury. In the case of Forsyth v. Dugger, the Illinois Appellate Court considers whether horse owners are responsible if riders are injured when their horse is unintentionally provoked by a third… Read more →

Are Dog Owners Responsible for Injuries Their Pets Cause in Response to a Child’s Screams?

When young children are frightened by a barking dog or other aggressive animal behavior, they often respond by screaming. This can result in the dog turning its aggression toward the child, which can lead to serious injuries. In the case of Robinson v. Meadows, the Illinois Appellate Court discusses whether the Animal Control… Read more →

Are Dog Owners Responsible for Injuries Their Pets Cause When Children Unintentionally Provoke Them?

Although they may not intend to, children often behave in ways that irritate animals. This behavior can result in serious injury if the animal responds. In the case of Nelson v. Lewis, the Illinois Appellate Court considers whether dog owners are legally responsible for injuries caused by their pets in situations where the… Read more →

Are Property Owners and Contractors Responsible for Injuries Caused by Improper Snowplowing?

Because Illinois winters include significant snow and ice accumulation, many property owners hire contractors to perform snow removal services in their parking lots. Even so, slippery conditions may persist and can lead to injuries. In the case of Hornacek v. 5th Avenue Property Management, John Brannen, Lawrence Brannen, Linda Marks, The Brannen Family… Read more →

Are Owners of Aggressive Dogs Responsible for Injuries Their Pets Cause When Provoked?

Throughout Illinois, and especially in rural areas, it is common for families to own dogs as pets. Unfortunately, these pets sometimes act viciously toward humans and cause serious injury. In the case of VonBehren v. Bradley, the Illinois Appellate Court discusses the conditions under which dog owners are responsible for injuries caused by… Read more →

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