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Common Injuries That Can Result From Snow and Ice in Chicago

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Chicago personal injury attorneysFor many individuals, the sight of snow can create an unparalleled feeling of joy and happiness. Due to the events and breathtaking sights that transpire in Chicago every holiday season, people from around the world will come to visit. Although this time of year is often associated with enjoyable experiences, the negligent or reckless actions of another individual can lead to serious injuries and unintended fatalities taking place. At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, our team of knowledgeable personal injury attorneys understand the legal system, and can work with you to hold negligent party members responsible for their actions.   

Slip and Fall Injuries

One of the more prevalent ways of sustaining a wintertime injury is the possibility of slipping and falling. Weather conditions such as snow, ice, and slush can make any street or sidewalk a serious hazard. Although this form of injury does not seem crucial, the possible outcomes can be significant. For instance, a loss of footing caused by snow, ice or slush can lead to:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • TBI (traumatic brain injury)
  • Back and spine injuries
  • Torn ligaments
  • Sprained muscles 

If a slip and fall accident resulting from inclement weather conditions does take place in Chicago, the owner of the property may be held responsible. According to the City of Chicago Municipal Code, every person that is in charge of a building or lot of ground is required to remove snow and ice from their sidewalk. 

Car Accidents

Similar to slip and fall injuries, there is often an increase in automobile accidents in the wintertime due to unsafe road conditions. Although there are simple steps that every motorist should take before getting behind the wheel, it is impossible to control the actions of another individual. Coinciding with the possibility of physical harm is also an increased likelihood of property damage. Slippery road conditions reduce traction, and increase the probability of a car sliding into another person, vehicle, or structure.   

Icicle Injuries

Often overlooked is the chance of an icicle striking a pedestrian that is walking down the street. While this may not be common, the possibility is there. In an effort to avoid this sort of injury, individuals traveling by foot should avoid walking under any roof or structure that has ice overhanging. Similar to slip and fall injuries, a negligent property owner may be held liable for any injuries that result.  

Contact a Chicago Personal Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury linked to inclement weather conditions, it is imperative to understand your rights. The negligent actions of another individual may have caused your injury. Before admitting fault or moving past the situation, legal counsel should be sought. At Livas Law Group, our experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys can help you determine what actions should be taken. For a free consultation, call our office today at 312-804-6102.

 

Source:

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

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