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DuPage County slip and fall injury lawyerPeople are injured in slip and fall accidents on a daily basis, and depending upon the height of the fall, the type of surface, and the victim’s ability to react, these accidents can easily lead to serious injury. Slip and falls can happen anywhere, including at a store, a neighbor’s home, or a public sidewalk. All property owners, including the government, have a duty to keep their premises in a safe condition, and failure to do so can lead to legal liability if a person is injured as a result.

In Illinois, winter will be here soon enough, and everyone knows the dangers presented by the accumulation of snow and ice. A New Lenox man sued Lowe’s earlier this year after he fell on an uneven surface covered in water, ice, and snow. Given the fact that everyone faces this type of risk when they venture out of their homes, it is important to understand how the law addresses legal responsibility if a fall and injury do occur. In addition, people should understand how liability for the accumulation of snow and ice is handled under Illinois law.

General Rules for Slip and Fall Liability

Property owners have a duty of care to protect people visiting for business or social purposes from harm (trespassers receive no legal protection against injury, except for intentional reckless acts by the property owner). Specifically, all property owners, whether private or open to the public, have a duty of reasonable care to keep their premises safe by fixing problems or warning guests of dangerous conditions they would not otherwise reasonably understand exist. This includes a duty on the part of the owner to inspect for potential problems and remedy them within a reasonable time. For example, if a store employee sees a spill on the floor in an area used by customers, waiting four hours to clean it up is likely too long, and this delay can expose the business to liability if a customer slipped, fell, and was injured in the interim. 

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slip and fall accident, DuPage County slip and fall personal injury attorney, DuPage County personal injury attorney, traumatic brain injury, personal injury claimMore than 930,000 residents call DuPage County home, and anyone who has lived here for over a year understands the significance in fluctuation of weather patterns. Everything from sunshine to snow causes damage to buildings and other structures.Therefore, it is especially important that landlords repair damages as soon as possible to precent tenants from being injured, or even killed, in slip and fall accidents. 

Potential Damage From a Slip and Fall

Slip and fall accidents occur when a person trips, slips, loses balance, or otherwise falls and an an injury results. Causes of slip and fall accidents may be due to any number of outside forces. Perhaps the paint on the concrete was wet with rain and therefore caused loss of traction. The sidewalk may have been cracked and caused one's foot to catch. Or, an object may have been in the walkway that was not appropriately flagged or otherwise signaled and caused tripping.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_slip-and-fall-injury-DuPage-County.jpgAlthough a slip and fall injury can occur at almost any time of the year, winter can be an especially busy season for emergency room doctors. Often, this is because the dropping temperatures create more ice and snow in parking lots, on sidewalks, and in entrance and exit areas. Learn what you can do to avoid injury, and how to protect rights, should a slip and fall happen to you or someone you love when winter weather strikes.

Give Yourself Extra Time

Whether you are headed to the office, off to a doctor’s appointment, or simply out running errands, it is always a good idea to give yourself extra time during the winter season. This makes you less likely to rush and more likely to see patches of ice or debris that might be covering icy surfaces. Going slower also decreases your risk of experiencing a severe injury, should you end up missing a patch of ice or slick snow. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_slip-and-fall-case-Chicago.jpgSlips and falls are what lawyers call the types of cases involving an individual who falls and injures him or herself at another’s property. This type of accident can cause serious injury, and in many cases, the accident victim is not at fault. Rather, the property owner has created a dangerous condition in some manner and can be liable for paying for the victim’s medical bills and/or pain and suffering.

Common causes of conditions where property owners may be liable include:

  • Failure to clean up spills or leaks;
  • Failure to post signage on recently mopped floors;
  • Failure to have proper railing; and
  • Failure to have grip slips on stairs or ramps.

Whether you have a valid slip-and-fall case hinges on two questions:

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DuPage County personal injury attorneys, slips and fallsProperty owners have a legal responsibility to keep their premises safe and free from hazards. Many factors can contribute to a certain condition posing a threat to a pedestrian, and it is therefore up to the owner to make regular sweeps of the property to prevent injuries from occurring.

Slips and falls account for over 1 million emergency room visits. In the event that someone is injured, a property owner could face a personal injury lawsuit and be held liable for the injured party’s injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages if the injured party is unable to work.

The Top 5 Reasons Slips and Falls Occur

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