Can I Sue If I Slip and Fall on Someone’s Icy Sidewalk?
Slipping on an icy sidewalk can cause serious injuries that require expensive medical treatment. In some cases, another party may be liable if you slip and fall on an icy sidewalk, which can enable you to seek compensation for your injuries. An experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation if another party is liable for your slip-and-fall injury.
Is a Property Owner Responsible for Removing Snow and Ice?
In Illinois, property owners have no duty to remove natural accumulations of ice and snow. That means that, in almost all cases, property owners cannot be held liable for slip-and-fall accidents for ice and snow that accumulated naturally.
When Can a Property Owner be Held Liable for Slip-and-Fall Accidents on Snow and Ice?
While Illinois property owners have no inherent duty to remove natural accumulations of ice and snow, their responsibilities change if they undertake that duty. Once an Illinois property owner undertakes the duty to remove ice and snow, they must do so in a reasonably safe manner. If you slip on an icy sidewalk that the property owner has attempted to clear but did not do so thoroughly, you may be able to initiate a personal injury claim.
The owner of the property may also be held liable for injuries that occur as a result of unnatural accumulations of snow or ice. For example, positioning a gutter to drain onto a sidewalk in freezing weather could create hazardous conditions on the sidewalk for which the owner could be held liable.
A property owner who caused the dangerous conditions of the sidewalk can be held liable for your injuries. Regardless of the hazardous conditions, it is necessary to prove that the owner was negligent in ensuring the safety of their property when pursuing a personal injury claim. A capable Chicago personal injury lawyer can help.
Contact Rubens and Kress for an Experienced Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
Rubens and Kress is a Chicago law firm that charges no fee unless you collect. We concentrate in personal injury cases, and we charge no fee unless you collect. If you are in need of a Chicago personal injury lawyer, contact Rubens and Kress online, at (312) 201-9640, or toll-free at (866) 890-9640.