We have all seen videos of slips and falls on social media. While it may make some chuckle, not all slip and fall accidents are a laughing matter. Did you know that in 2018 almost 35,000 Americans died in falling accidents?
Slipping and falling can do more damage than you think. While everyone may take a spill every now and then, when snow and ice are added to the equation, the forces may be magnified. A Chicago slip and fall accident on snow and ice would also cause significant damage like fractures of the bones, soft tissue injuries, brain trauma, and even death. Injuries that are not out of the real of possibility:
While there is not a statutory duty under Chicago law to shovel snow, there may be county of other local ordinances requiring you to keep your property clear of snow and ice. It should be noted that Chicago courts may look into increased risk factors created by homeowners in their attempt to clear the ice or snow. That being said, landowners who do shovel their sidewalks are rarely held for creating artificial risk of harm. People who have slipped on ice that cannot be seen may have a difficult time establishing liability. You cannot be expected to fix something that you are not aware of. However, if the black or invisible ice is a recurring problem, you should be aware of the danger, and take precautions to remedy the situation.
If you own a home, there is no statutory under Chicago law to clear your property of snow and ice, but your county of local ordinances may require you to shovel.
If you have fallen on property that is not shoveled, you could very well good case against the owner of the property.
You would have a even better case if the property that is not shoveled is a business. You would still have to prove the owner had knowledge of or should have known area was slippery.
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