Chicago Premises Liability Lawyer Gregory Coplan Weighs In On Lincoln Mall Safety Issues

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Developer of Lincoln Mall sued over safety violations that could have mall closed, according to Chicago premises liability attorney Gregory Coplan of Coplan & Crane.

In the case of this shopping center, employees and customers might find themselves in harm’s way every time they go to work or go shopping at this mall.

Chicago personal injury lawyer Gregory Coplan said today that property owners who violate safety regulations not only endanger lives, but could also face serious legal repercussions for their negligent behavior.

Coplan was responding to an article in the Chicago Tribune (“Matteson sues to shut down Lincoln Mall,” August 7), which stated that officials representing the Village of Matteson have filed a complaint against the owner of the Lincoln Mall. The officials cited a number of hazards that place the mall’s employees and customers at risk of serious injuries.

“It’s the responsibility of a property owner to provide a safe environment for employees and customers alike,” said Coplan, a premises liability attorney in Oak Park, IL who also handles Illinois workplace injury lawsuits. “With recent allegations that this property owner has violated over 25 fire, safety, and building code violations, workers and visitors alike are lucky to have avoided injury on the premises.”

The Chicago Tribune article reports that these safety violations include exposed electrical wiring, a dismantled sprinkler system, broken fire suppression pipes, blocked fire exits, and a crumbling foundation. Cook County Circuit Court records indicate that town of Matteson filed a motion in court against the mall’s owner (Case number: 2013-M6-002833) on August 13, 2013.

While the article states the Village of Matteson had worked with previous owners to correct these long-standing safety concerns, the current owner of the Lincoln Mall has allegedly refused to submit plans for renovations he promised.

“When any property owner fails to maintain his or her property, everybody who visits this property is put in harm’s way. In the case of this shopping center, employees and customers might find themselves in harm’s way every time they go to work or go shopping at this mall,” said Coplan, a Chicago negligence attorney. “Injuries that occur as a result of a property owner’s negligence can be catastrophic or even fatal. These accidents could also be grounds to file a lawsuit against the property owner.”

About Coplan & Crane
Serving clients in Oak Park, Chicago and throughout Illinois, Coplan & Crane handles a wide range of cases, including car accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, railroad accidents, workplace injuries, dangerous products, medical malpractice and birth injuries. The law firm has a strong track record for obtaining large verdicts and settlements, including several, high-profile, multi-million-dollar recoveries. A free consultation is available to all interested clients. The law firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means people only pay if they win.

For more information about the rights of people injured in Illinois premises liability accidents and the legal options available to families of victims, call (800) 394-6002 or visit

Coplan & Crane is located at 1111 Westgate Street, Oak Park, Illinois 60301. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call (800) 394-6002 or complete the online contact form.

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