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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. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_winter-walking-city-park-safety.jpgThroughout the winter season, inclement weather conditions such as snow, ice, and slush can become prevalent on our roads and sidewalks. Although the sight of snow can be appealing to look at, both pedestrians and motorists should be aware of the hazards that can result. At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we understand that the negligent actions of an individual or business can lead to life-altering injuries. Before venturing out in the wintertime, there are several preventive measures that can be utilized to limit the possibility of suffering an injury.

Dress Appropriately

Paying attention to the weather conditions and understanding how clothing and footwear could affect your safety is crucial during the wintertime. A pedestrian that is traveling by foot should consider wearing clothing that increases their visibility and shoes that can help maintain traction. For example, clothing that blends in with the environment (white coats and non-reflective items) and footwear that limits your ability to move safely (dress shoes and high heels) should be avoided for outdoor use.      

Walk Cautiously

It is important to be aware of the movement restrictions that wintertime weather can cause. Due to the likelihood of slippery streets and wet pavements, every action should be well thought out. Even if a surface looks safe, black ice can be prevalent. When out and about, pedestrians should remember to:

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