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Winter weather and snowstorms bring on a host of issues when it comes to pedestrian safety.  Uncleared sidewalks are all too common, and for business owners and homeowners, this can be a problem if someone slips and falls and gets injured. Property owners are required by law to keep the walkways in the immediate vicinity of their property clear and safe for people to walk on, and if this is not done, there can be consequences if someone gets hurt—you may be fined or even sued.

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What are Businesses and Homeowners Required to Do?

In some states, there exists a “natural accumulation” rule, which relieves a property owner of liability depending on the natural accumulation of snow and ice. In other words, so long as there is not an abnormal danger with the amount of snow that has fallen, it will be difficult to hold the property owner liable for any injuries that happen as a result of the snow or ice. The problems enter when property owners do not reasonably maintain the sidewalks surrounding their properties. If someone slips and falls on a sidewalk that has had snow and ice building up on it for a while, the person in charge of maintaining the safety of that sidewalk can be held liable for the injuries and any costs associated with it.

How to Document Your Case

If you slip and fall on a sidewalk that was left uncleared, it’s essential for you to gather as much information as you can in order to build a case. Take pictures of the area that you slipped if you can, or have someone take photos for you. If there were any people around who witnessed the fall, try and get their information in case you need to verify with insurance companies or legal representatives that the area where you fell was not shoveled or salted. Make sure that you retain any information you can regarding the area where you fell as well as any medical billing or medical attention you received. You may be able to seek compensation for any costs you incurred from falling, be it medical payments, missed work, or otherwise.

If you have been injured after slipping on an uncleared sidewalk, you have rights. Contact Malman Law, a personal injury law firm in Chicago, today.

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  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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