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Can I Pursue Compensation for an Ice-Related Slip and Fall Injury in Chicago?

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Chicago personal injury attorneysAs winter weather becomes more prevalent in the city of Chicago, citizens and property owners alike are preparing for the season. Unpredictable weather conditions coinciding with the lake effect can cause an unsafe environment. Sleet, snow, and ice can lead to pedestrians sustaining serious injuries, such as broken bones, sprains, and head trauma. At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we understand the challenges that a slip and fall injury can cause an individual and their family. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury due to the weather conditions, it is important to speak to an experienced attorney.

Who is Responsible for Snow and Ice Removal in Chicago?

Many people rely on public transit or walking as their primary method of travel in Chicago. As snow, sleet, and ice start to accumulate on the ground, streets and sidewalks can become a dangerous place for pedestrians and motorists. According to the Municipal Code of Chicago (4-4-310 and 10-8-180), the responsibility of snow and ice removal falls on property owners and occupants. Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or other person that has authority of a building or property is required to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk. 

Can a Business or Property Owner Be Liable for Injuries?

Negligent and careless snow, ice, or water removal can leave a property owner liable for any resulting injuries. Premises liability holds an owner responsible for maintaining and securing the safety of their property. For example, if a business owner left massive amounts of snow near the entrance of their property that later melted and turned into ice, the company may be responsible for any slip and fall injuries. Furthermore, if a faulty design or maintenance technique led to a slip and fall injury, the owner may also be liable.  

How to Protect Your Rights

The financial burden that can result from a slip and fall accident may require the victim to seek compensation. Medical bills, loss of present and future wages, and any accommodations needed after the injury may leave a victim unable to live a normal life. Immediately after an accident occurs, a victim should:

  • Document the scene: Take pictures and secure witness statements and video footage.
  • Speak to the owner/manager: Inform the person in charge of what happened and where. It is important to not admit fault or accept any form of payment.
  • Seek medical assistance: Regardless of the initial pain, getting a doctor’s opinion could be beneficial. Be sure to hold onto any medical documents or bills.
  • Document any injuries: Keeping a log of any pain and suffering that resulted from the accident could help in the pursuit of compensation. 

Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered a slip and fall injury due to ice, it is important to comprehend your legal standing. If a business or property owners’ negligence caused the accident, compensation could be available. Before you make any decisions, you should contact the Livas Law Group. Our team of experienced Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers can assess your case and determine the best action to take. To schedule a free consultation, contact our office at 312-804-6102.  

 

Sources:

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdot/supp_info/sidewalk_snow_removal.html

https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/cdot/pedestrian/sidewalksnowremoval/SnowBrochure2015.pdf

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