Injuries Caused By Slipping And Falling On Ice
Premises Liability with Snow and Ice Accumulations
In Illinois, plaintiffs must navigate complicated rules regarding a homeowner's liability in a case where a person slips on an icy sidewalk or snow covered walkway. It is not so simple as saying that if you fall on someone's icy sidewalk then you have a premises liability case, and you need to be skeptical of anyone that tells you otherwise. The reality is that the law is not black and white when it comes to liability for failure to remove snow or ice.
At the Lake County law offices of Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., we base our advice and representation on more than two decades of effective, experienced and successful personal injury practice. We know the law, and we know how to evaluate a claim so that we pursue legitimate compensation instead of nuisance cases. Rely on our lawyers for ethical and dependable service.
When A Property Owner's Action or Inaction Creates a Hazard
If you slip on a path of ice on a neighbor's driveway following an ice storm, it's not necessarily true that you have an injury claim. If, however, you slip because the property owner redirected run-off onto the walkway where it froze over, then that may be different. The law in Illinois states that injuries caused by a "natural accumulation" are not recoverable. Run-offs that freeze, whether from gutters or gutters leaking water that flows onto walkways/near entrances, are not considered to be a natural accumulation. Therefore, an injured party could pursue a premises liability claim.
As you can see, it is important to understand that you do not necessarily have a premises liability or slip-and-fall claim because an area is ice or snow covered. You must be able to prove negligence as a result of action or inaction. Photos of the area where the fall occurred are an essential part of these cases. Our lawyers can help you pursue a full and fair recovery for your injury.
Our attorneys represent clients who have suffered a serious injury due to negligence related to snow or ice covered:
- Parking lots
If you suspect that someone else's negligence led to your injury, or if you are unsure, you should consult an attorney. We can provide clear guidance based on 20 years of experience and help you get answers.
Serious Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Anyone can fall the wrong way, hit the ground awkwardly and suffer a serious injury. When that falls comes because of a property owner's error and negligence, our attorneys can help you pursue compensation claims against the homeowner's insurance.
Call us at 847-662-3303 or contact our lawyers online to schedule a free consultation to find out if you have a premises liability claim.