There is often confusion regarding who is at fault for a slip and fall injury that is due to snow or ice on a business’s property in Chicago. While both a property owner and a pedestrian or shopper have respective duties and responsibilities, a property owner may be held liable more than most people assume. If you or a loved one recently fell at Addison Mall you probably have questions regarding who had a duty and what compensation you are able to receive from the property owner or manager.
Our law firm gets hundreds of calls each winter season from innocent people who fell while doing their holiday shopping and are unexpectedly faced with medical bills and lost wages due to time away from work. We agree with the law that states property owners should be held accountable for their actions or inactions and innocent shoppers should not have to suffer due to their negligence.
Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act
The Illinois Snow and Removal Act were passed in recent years to clarify the distinction and differentiating factors surrounding when a property owner can and cannot be held liable for injuries occurring on their property due to snow or ice. Because of this Act, many business owners decide not to shovel or salt their sidewalks in order to avoid possible litigation. Specifically, business owners are not legally obligated to shovel or salt their sidewalks. However, if they make the decision to shovel or ice certain surfaces they must do so in a reasonably safe manner to ensure they are not making the conditions more dangerous. This can apply in situations where snow is shoveled into large piles that could later melt and form puddles that refreeze and create hazardous ice patches.
Under Illinois law, snow and ice that is “unnaturally accumulated” on the property of a shopping mall like Addison Mall can allow an injured party to successfully hold the property owner or manager liable. If the parking lot, garage or sidewalks have a faulty drainage system or a defective or leaking pipe that is depositing water onto areas where shoppers are walking, the mall may be liable for the “unnatural accumulation” of snow or ice that results. The injuries Chicagoans experience from slip and fall accidents can be costly and physically severe, leading to pain and suffering, medical bills and an extended absence from work.
How an Experienced Slip and Fall Injury Attorney Can Help
If you or someone you know was recently injured at Addison Mall due to a slip and fall accident on a patch of snow or ice, our Chicago law firm is here to help. We understand the stresses you are experiencing, and we have helped hundreds of clients just like you reach favorable outcomes. We are standing by to answer your questions and provide the support you need to receive the compensation you are owed from Addison Mall. Let us handle your legal claim so you can focus on healing, recovering and regaining the quality of life you deserve.