Bloomingdale Snow and Ice Injury Attorneys
Lawyers for Victims Injured by Snow or Water Left on Sidewalks in DuPage County
Slips and falls due to snow and ice are common during Illinois winters. Falling on snow or ice can lead to serious injuries and extended recovery times. Many of these incidents are the result of negligence on the part of property owners. However, it can be very difficult to prove liability in such cases.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury because of ice, snow or water left on sidewalks or other surfaces, it is important to speak with an experienced premises liability lawyer so you understand your rights.
For over 40 years, Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices has represented individuals injured due to ice, snow or water left on sidewalks in Chicago area and throughout Illinois. Our award-winning attorneys have in-depth knowledge of the complexities of such cases and what is needed to prove negligence. We are honest, compassionate, accessible and approachable.
Our clients appreciate our down to earth approach and unwavering commitment to protecting their interests. We offer free consultations, multiple office locations, extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience, and regular communication and updates on the progress of your case. We also handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis, so you never have to pay upfront attorney fees to receive the skilled representation you deserve.
Water, Snow and Ice Injury Claims in Illinois
Property owners and managers have a general responsibility to keep their properties in reasonably safe condition. Unfortunately, while it is encouraged that they remove snow and ice from the sidewalks abutting their buildings, failure to do so does not necessarily constitute negligence. Many individuals who suffer legitimate slip and fall injuries due to ice, snow, or water left on sidewalks are unable to claim compensation. Under the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act, property owners are only liable when it is determined that their actions or omissions were “willful or wanton.”
Natural vs. Unnatural Accumulation of Ice and Snow
In general, property owners are only liable for slip and fall injuries on ice or snow when it is determined that there was unnatural accumulation of ice or snow that led to the injury. Natural accumulations, such as those caused by a recent snowstorm or blizzard, would be very difficult cases in which to recover monetary damages. In addition, property owners are under no obligation to remove the natural accumulation of ice, snow, or water on sidewalks unless this obligation is clearly stated in a lease agreement.
Unnatural accumulation of snow often occurs when a property owner creates (or allows) certain conditions that make the property more hazardous. Examples include:
- Runoffs from gutters and other sources that cause ice to form;
- A garden hose that is left running in which the water turns to ice; and
- Defective sidewalks that are poorly designed or maintained, or contain cracks, uneven slopes, and other hazards.
In such instances, it may be possible to hold the property owner responsible when a slip and fall injury occurs.If you suffer a slip and fall injury due to ice, snow or water left on sidewalks, a thorough investigation must be conducted to determine if the property owner is at fault. Multiple photos of the area where the fall occurred are also very helpful in proving liability. At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we have extensive experience with snow and ice injury cases, and we can give you an honest assessment of your case to determine whether or not you have a claim. For a free consultation with one of our skilled premises liability attorneys, contact Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100.