Snow and Ice Accumulation Cause Illinois Slip and Fall Lawsuits26-Dec-2011
Wintertime brings another Illinois slip and fall hazard to premises: the accumulation of snow and ice on the ground. Serious injuries can result from slipping and falling on ice or melted snow, which is why property owners must attempt to clear potentially hazardous patches as soon as possible. In Illinois, the ice or snow cited in a slip and fall accident must have been a result of unnatural accumulation for a property owner to be held liable.
Slip and Fall Lawsuits | Premises Liability
The nature of each claim may vary, based not only on the kind of injury that you've sustained, but whether the slip and fall accident took place on private, public, or commercial property. Slip and fall accidents fall under the legal area known as premises liability law. This means that property owners are held accountable if an accident occurs on their premises due to unsafe or dangerous property conditions.
There also may be more than one liable party in a slip and fall accident case. For example, sometimes premises liability affects tenants of buildings who are renting a space from a property owner, the property owner and/or a company who has liability due to a faulty product or hazard within a premise. In this case, you may have to deal with several insurance companies to make a personal injury claim. In this case, it is advisable to retain the services of a good personal injury law firm that knows how to properly handle slip and fall cases.
An experienced personal injury attorney has the experience, skills, and resources to provide you with quality legal representation in your slip and fall accident. They can assist you in receiving the maximum recovery to cover pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages. Additionally, taking legal action will likely result in owners and occupants of private and commercial properties to exercise greater caution when ensuring that their premises are safe for others.
Proving that the snow or ice that caused your Chicago slip and fall accident can be tough, which is why you must work with a premises liability law firm that knows how to handle this type of injury case.
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