Winter weather is here, and there are some things you should know about “slip-and-fall” accidents caused by ice, rain, and snow.
These personal injury cases arise when an individual is injured by slipping and falling on another person’s property, and the owner of the property may be held legally accountable for the victim’s injury. Although these cases generally involve slippery floors, leaky ceilings, and the like, they also arise due to the precipitation of the winter months and the slippery surfaces it creates.
In Illinois, such injury claims require proof that an “unnatural accumulation” of ice or snow caused the injury in question. Although the line between natural and unnatural accumulation can be rather blurry, there are a few deciding factors for each. Two which are considered “natural” accumulation are ice formed by packed-down snow by pedestrians and traffic, and puddles of water inside buildings which formed from snow tracked-in from outside. Examples of “unnatural” accumulation generally consist of property defects which cause ice and/or snow to accumulate in particular locations, such as downspouts that pour water (which freezes into ice) onto sidewalks, and various actions by property owners which produce the same results.
In these claims, insurance adjusters almost always assume the “no liability” stance, in turn provoking claimants to sue, and this is why it is essential to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who will handle your case and ensure just compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.