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Anticipating how a landowner will defend a slip and fall claim can help strengthen the demand of a person injured on another’s premises. Building a case that will defeat the premises owner’s arguments will help maximize the amount of damages for a person injured on another’s property in Illinois.

Landowners often argue that they had no duty to protect the injured person, and therefore, they should not have to compensate the injured victim. Instead of accepting responsibility for what happened, they blame the victim. Illinois law permits landowners and occupants of premises on which someone sustained an injury to argue that the slip and fall accident or another incident on their premises is not their responsibility because the danger was “open and obvious” or was “Volenti Non Fit Injuria.”

Landowners are not liable for injuries caused by hazards on their property that were open and obvious. People visiting the property of another must protect themselves from danger and watch out for harmful conditions or do anything that might harm themselves. Otherwise, the landowner will not be responsible for the damages the injured person suffered. 

Illinois law recognized two exceptions to that general rule. The landowner will be liable for damages if the condition of the premises is so dangerous, that the injured victim acted carefully and still suffered an injury or died, even though the hazardous condition was an open and obvious danger.  

The second exception to the open and obvious danger rule under Illinois law exists when an open and obvious danger injured the victim, but the hazardous condition was caused by a violation of the law, such as a building code violation. In other words, the landowner must have “clean hands” to hide behind the protection afforded by the open and obvious danger defense.

“Volenti Non Fit Injuria,” roughly translated, means no injury occurs to a willing participant. The legal doctrine is similar to the open and obvious danger defense. Volenti Non Fit Injuria disqualifies an injured person from recovering monetary damages against the landowner if the victimized person placed himself or herself in a position to get hurt.  

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Illinois’ weather can be brutal. There is no telling what havoc storms will wreak on the state. From torrential rain to piles of snow, or impenetrable ice, Illinois’ weather can change even the hardiest of folks. People know to expect bad weather in Illinois and the effects lousy weather has on the area. Illinois’ courts adopted a rule that makes sense for the weather conditions for the state, even if the application of the law is as harsh as a Chicago winter. 

Illinois courts allow business owners and landowners to argue that they had no duty to prevent the plaintiff’s injury if the injury was caused by a natural accumulation of water, snow, or ice. In Illinois, a landowner or someone occupying the property is responsible for another’s injuries sustained while on the premises if the landowner or occupier had a legal duty to protect the person from harm. However, Illinois does not obligate a landowner to clear water, snow, or ice from his or her property, and the landowner will not be liable for any injuries suffered by people who were hurt by the natural accumulation of water, ice, or snow. 

What is or is not the natural accumulation of weather is a question for a judge or jury to decide. However, in many cases melting snow that turns to ice would be considered natural accumulation if the snow was unplowed. Similarly, water tracked into a store that pools near the entrance to the business is a natural accumulation of water, according to Illinois courts. Courts reasoned that people who were outside during inclement weather would necessarily bring the elements inside with them.

There are plenty of sound reasons why business owners and landowners plow snow and take measures to prevent tracked-in water from accumulating. Business owners and landowners must act reasonably when altering a natural accumulation of rain, snow, or ice. Snowmelt from plowed snow that freezes over could form the basis of liability for the landowner. Also, a latent defect on the premises can create a duty for the landowner to act if the natural accumulation of precipitation forms on a defect, which then creates a dangerous situation.

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Winning a slip and fall case in Illinois is not easy, even if you suffered terrible, life-altering, and debilitating injuries. Landowners and their insurance companies will fight hard to make sure you receive little to no financial compensation for your losses. Illinois law allows landowners to argue that your injuries were not their fault because the danger was “open and obvious.”

When a plaintiff sustains an injury in an Illinois slip and fall accident, the plaintiff has a tough, uphill fight on his or her hands. Experienced, insightful, and successful slip and fall lawyers in Illinois will understand how to argue that you were hurt because the landowner (or lessee) knew or could have learned about a condition on the premises if the landowner had exercised reasonable care which presented a risk of harm that was unreasonably high. Also, your Illinois premises liability lawyer will help you prove that the landowner should anticipate that no one will notice the hazard on the property or will see the danger but not do anything to protect herself or himself from it. Finally, your experienced Illinois slip and fall attorney will help you show that the landowner carelessly did nothing to protect the person who was hurt.

The landowner will use several arguments, including the “open and obvious defense” to try to defeat your case. The landowner will only be responsible for damages if the injured person had no way to know about the danger because it was hidden, or there was no way the injured person could have learned about the hazard. Thus, if the plaintiff can observe the potential risk, then he or she has a chance to guard against any possible harm.

There are at least two exceptions to the open and obvious rule in Illinois. Under Illinois law, a plaintiff has the chance to argue that he or she was distracted and therefore could not protect himself or herself. Additionally, the injured person can claim that he or she encountered the hazardous situation because doing so outweighed the chance of getting hurt and did not have much of a choice in the matter.

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When you enter upon a person’s property in Chicago, and elsewhere in Illinois, you have the absolute right to be protected from injury caused by hazards on the property. The property owner, tenant, lessee, or occupant must protect you from harm. Unfortunately, many people suffer injuries in Chicago each year because of defective or harmful conditions on another’s property.

No particular age group is immune from harm. Any person of any age can slip and fall on a wet supermarket floor, become the victim of a crime, or be attacked by a dog. Hazards are all around Chicago. Buildings might have exposed wires, a floor might be weak, or the façade of an older building could fall. Similarly, construction sites are a hazardous situation as well. Objects can fall from scaffolding, tools can drop, or a pedestrian could trip and fall on construction materials left behind. 

The most serious injury people frequently sustain giving rise to a premises liability case is a head injury. Head injuries could kill a person. Head injuries can lead to traumatic brain injury, which in turn leads to permanent brain damage. Any brain damage can irrevocably change the course of a person’s life, change his or her personality, deprive him or her of memories, alter speech, or render them entirely dependent upon another for personal care and subsistence.

A premises liability accident victim who touches an exposed wire can be electrocuted and die. Additionally, the person may receive severe burns from the electricity. Also, victims trapped in buildings that catch fire can suffer burns and smoke inhalation if the person survives the fire.

Perhaps the most common injury a premises liability victim experiences is a broken or fractured bone. Hip bones can easily break while tripping or when falling, especially among the older population. Similarly, falling victims can break wrists, arms, shoulders, and collar bones when falling. Victims tend to shoot their hands and arms straight out to protect their heads when falling. Landing wrong on the wrist not only can cause a broken wrist but can cause a dislocated shoulder or a broken clavicle.  

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Hip fractures are common injuries in slip and fall claims, especially among older victims. The hips grow more fragile as we age. Fragile hips combined with decreased balance, dexterity, and strength are a recipe for disaster. Anyone older than 65-years-of-age is at an elevated risk for falling. However, older females are particularly susceptible to breaking a hip in a fall.

Hip fractures are painful, devastating injuries. In many instances, surgery is necessary to repair the damaged bone. Occasionally, the fracture cannot be corrected with surgery and physicians determine that rest and immobilization is the best method of treatment. However, hip joint replacement and implant surgery is an option in some cases.

A series of complications commonly accompany hip fractures. Recovery is arduous and moving becomes nearly impossible without experiencing significant pain. Additionally, older folks find that even after their hip fracture heals, their independence is significantly reduced because ambulating becomes more difficult. Also, hip fractures tend to shorten a person’s life. The lack of mobility can lead to depression and stress which places great strain on an individual’s immune system, causing significant illnesses that can lead to death. It is sad to see, but sometimes older people who cannot move without substantial difficulty seem to give up and lose their will to live. Physicians must be alert for symptoms of blood clots and pneumonia which are common in bedridden people. Those two medical issues, in isolation or concert, can cause the death of the victim. 

Compounding matters is that rehabilitation cannot be done at home. Most people will need to enroll in a long-term nursing facility or nursing home. Leaving the comforts of home behind for the sterile and impersonal environment of a nursing home is depressing to the slip-and-fall victim. Living in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility is very difficult for anyone because people get homesick. 

Pursuing the parties legally responsible for creating the dangerous situation that caused your loved one to fall will help you pay for the incredible medical expenses incurred by your loved one as well as provide compensation for the pain and mental anguish your relative suffered because of another’s negligence.

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Thousands of customers pass through Illinois Costco stores weekly. They purchase items in bulk from Costco’s warehouse-like store. Costco’s cavernous stores are filled with potential dangers. Like all other stores in Illinois, Costco must protect its customers from injury. That means the store must take precautions to guard against patrons slipping and falling on liquids that have slipped on the floor or tripping over a display or another hazard controlled by the store. Furthermore, Costco has the responsibility to inspect its premises including the parking areas, to make sure no dangers are lurking about that could injure an innocent customer.

If you sustained an injury in a slip-and-fall incident at Costco in Illinois, you have rights. To protect your valuable rights, you must consult with a knowledgeable, successful, and aggressive Illinois slip-and-fall attorney. Costco has a significant incentive to fight claims filed against it. Costco would be susceptible to many false claims if it garnered the reputation as a company that will settle easily and quickly with anyone who files a complaint against it. Therefore, you need a lawyer who understands how to build a successful case for you.

The Illinois slip-and-fall lawyers with Stein & Shulman LLP have successfully fought big-box stores like Costco and settled slip-and-fall claims in their clients’ favor. Stein & Shuman’s slip-and-fall lawyers understand how to procure persuasive evidence that will convince Costco’s insurance company to resolve the case rather than risk going to court.

Making such a compelling case starts with preparation. Your Stein & Shuman slip-and-fall lawyer will gather all of the evidence from Costco like surveillance videos if they exist and photographs to show the defect in the premises that caused your injury. Also, your Stein & Shulman attorney will collect all of your medical records and, if necessary, will discuss your case with your doctors to arrive at a precise diagnosis and prognosis for your injury, as well as an opinion about what caused your injuries. Lastly, your lawyers will accumulate all of your lost wage information and other pertinent evidence to prove to Costco’s lawyers that justice demands you receive a significant financial settlement for your Costco slip-and-fall claim.

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Every person who enters a store in Illinois to shop has the right to be protected by the store against injuries. Patrons of grocery stores like Mariano’s are particularly vulnerable to slip and fall incidents leading to severe injuries. The operators of Mariano’s should anticipate that food from its shelves will fall onto the floor and become a hazard for shoppers and employees alike. 

Illinois law protects shoppers from injuries sustained in slip and fall incidents by allowing injured customers to file a damage claim against the store. Illinois law obligates Mariano’s, and every other grocery store in the state, to keep its premises free and clear from debris or make reasonable inspections to make sure their customers are not in danger. Even though Illinois law is clear, filing a claim against any store like Mariano’s is difficult.

Taking on a popular and profitable store like Mariano’s without the benefit of a tough, experienced Illinois grocery store slip-and-fall lawyer can be a tremendous mistake. Attorneys from Mariano’s insurance company assigned to defend Mariano’s against your claim will fight hard to protect their client. These lawyers have every incentive to minimize your claim by arguing that you were at fault for your fall or that your damages are less significant than you claim.

Having an attorney who dares to fight insurance company lawyers by your side will maximize your chance to obtain a substantial settlement. A slip-and-fall lawyer from Stein & Shulman LLP will try to get surveillance video from Mariano’s to show what happened, gather all of your medical records and a physician’s opinion, if necessary, about how you were injured and the seriousness of your injuries. Additionally, they will collect all of your lost wage information to make the best case for you and your family against Mariano’s grocery stores. You only have one opportunity to file a claim for damages against Mariano’s. Do not trust your valuable rights to just any law firm.

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It is not uncommon for people to beinjured in large stores like Target. Spills in the aisles are common, and if a person falls because of a slippery floor, it ispossible that the retailer is liable to that person for damages.

Of course, Target is not ready to pay out money to every person who says that they hurt themselves in the store. It is important to know how to go about building a case against a major store like Target.

One of the most important things to keep in mind isthat a case is built on evidence. Gathering documentation of what transpired is crucial to creating a valid legal claim. In cases of severe injuries, it is important to get to the nearest emergency room for treatment. If rushing to the hospital is not necessary, take a minute to get photographs of the scene, especially anything that could have contributed to the incident.

Be sure to report the accident to the store so that they have a record that something occurred. Do not apologize to anyone at the store. Many of us naturally take on blame when we are hurt because we are embarrassed. Refrain from apologizing for not being careful, or for being a clumsy person.

Get information from any witnesses who saw you fall or who saw the conditions that led to your accident. It is best to avoid panicking. Stay calm and do not talk too much. The store will want to avoid paying out money based on your claim. If you say something that they can use against you later, they will likely use it against you later.

An attorney can help you determine whether you have a valid claimagainst the store and will help you work to obtain the compensation that you are legally entitled to receive as a result of your injuries.

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Trader Joe’s is quickly growing into a favorite grocery store for mothers of young children because of the variety of healthy, organic food that the store offers. The store can reasonably expect that mothers with small children will be in and out of the store all day and it is Trader Joe’s responsibility to keep them safe, both in the store itself and the parking lot. Failing that, Trader Joe’s must pay compensation to a person who falls in the parking lot on some ice if the ice accumulated unnaturally. 

There are two caveats. First, Trader Joe’s must have known or should have known with a reasonable inspection that ice formed in the parking lot. If Trader Joe’s knew about it or should have known about it, then the store should have done something to protect its customers. The store cannot turn a blind eye to dangers in the parking lot, but they are also responsible for doing what is reasonably expected, and not protecting every person from every potential harm that might happen. For instance, putting down ice melt is reasonable, but if the melted snow and ice refreezes, it is not an unnatural accumulation of ice. Second, people still have a responsibility to protect themselves. In other words, if the reasonable person knew that there might be ice on the ground, she should look for it and try to avoid it if possible.

Trader Joe’s could fight hard against claims of injuries stemming from falls in their parking lots. Therefore, a mother who falls on an unnatural accumulation of ice and snow in a Trader Joe’s parking lot must be prepared to show how the injuries she suffered after falling changed her life — showing evidence of the difficulty you have taking care of your children because of the injuries you experienced and how hard it is on you physically and emotionally will help you show that you should receive a substantial financial award from Trader Joe’s for falling on ice in its parking lot.

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Slip and fall injuries are common. People often fall because of slippery flooring or objects that are in a walkway. Injuries may occur at a business or residence, and they can take place at a person’s place of employment. There are many factors that determine whether theinjured individual can collect compensation for the harm the fall caused them, and how much compensation the person can recover.

In order to recover compensation, the injured partyneeds to show that someone was negligent and that the other individual or entity’s negligence led to the victim’s injuries. Negligence is the term used to describe a person’s disregard for other people’s safety, andfailure to act as a reasonable person would act given a certain set of circumstances.

In slip and fall cases, the question is often whether the potentially liable individual or entity had the opportunity to notice the dangerous situation and to take steps to eliminate or minimize the danger. For instance, if a floor at a supermarket was wet because a customer dropped a bottle of water on the floor, and then another customer slipped on that water, the question will be whether the shop and its workers had the opportunity to see the spilled water and either clean it up or at least place a warning sign at the spot in order to help people avoid walking on the slippery surface.

If the water was spilled only a few seconds before the person fell, the employees of the store would not have had the opportunity to react. However, if the spill had sat for some time, and if employees were aware of the spill, but did nothing, then the shop may have been negligent.

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