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IL injury lawyerThere are many different ways that someone can get hurt. Accidents can occur in various environments, including the home, public places such as parks, restaurants, or stores. Injuries can range from minor bumps and bruises to serious and even life-threatening conditions. In some cases, they can affect the rest of someone’s life. Slip-and-fall accidents might not sound like they would be that severe, but they can cause significant injuries to people of all ages. Although they are fairly common in inclement weather, especially in snowy or icy conditions, slip-and-falls can also occur in warm weather. Property owners have a responsibility to properly maintain their buildings and grounds; otherwise, visitors may suffer injuries.

Premises Liability Act

According to the Illinois Premises Liability Act, business and property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe and secure in order to prevent guests from any harm. If owners or managers fail to take reasonable care to maintain the property, they may be held accountable for damages that occur as a result. However, this law does not apply to individuals who are trespassing and get hurt on the property.

Injuries that are a result of the negligence of a property owner can be due to damaged sidewalks, staircases, hand railings, faulty elevators, or poorly maintained swimming pools. We all know that slipping on ice in the winter can be a common occurrence. However, swimming pool surfaces can be extremely slick due to all the water that splashes from the pool. In addition, restaurant floors or patios can be slippery if drinks or food spills and they are not cleaned up by staff members in a timely manner. In other cases, rotted wood can break apart, causing patrons or visitors to lose their footing or balance and fall.

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Illinois injury lawyerIn the Chicago area, the battle between the end of winter and the start of spring in the months of March and April can wreak havoc on Illinois roads, sidewalks, and points of ingress and egress at local businesses. Rain turns to snow, snow turns to rain, and sometimes precipitation however between its solid and liquid states, coating surfaces with a dangerous layer of icy slush. The city is usually dogged in its efforts to plow snow to the sides of roads and dissolve ice with salt. The same is true of most local business owners, whom, like the city government, literally have a duty to safeguard persons visiting, entering, exiting, or crossing a business’s premises.

As such, if a retailer, bar, restaurant, or other business fails to protect customers (and even mere visitors or passersby) by diligently keeping ice at bay and posting warning signs about slick surfaces, and a slip-and-fall in which personal injuries are sustained results, the business may be held liable for the injuries and other losses.

Inadequate Surface Maintenance and Signage Is Indicative of Negligence

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Illinois divorce attorneyWith freezing rain and snow in the short-term Chicago area weather forecast and throngs of last-minute holiday shoppers and merrymakers set to descend upon malls from Park Ridge to Michigan Avenue, precipitation and peregrination will meet to cause injuries. For shopping slip-and-fall victims, it is critical know that every business has a special duty to protect its customers from unsafe conditions on its businesses. When a business abrogates this duty, those that have suffered injuries and other harms and losses may rightfully seek compensation from the business for medical bills, lost income due to missed work, pain and suffering, the consequences of any short or long-term disabilities stemming from the injuries, and, depending on the specific circumstances, additional damages. While nothing can “unruin” a holiday season beset with injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall, an experienced Park Ridge personal injury attorney will be there to seek all compensation to which you are rightfully owed.

Illinois Businesses Owe Customer-Invitees an Elevated Duty of Safekeeping

Every business in the state of Illinois that makes efforts to attract shoppers onto its premises owes its customers a duty of safekeeping. Importantly, this duty is above and beyond even what individuals owe to one another on a general level in society. In the law of premises liability, a business’s customers are classified as “invitees” – a legal term that translates approximately to “special guest.” Inadequately discharging the duty owed to its invitees, a business must both actively work to protect customer-invitees from harm and post clear warning signs concerning dangers. As concerns Chicago area wintertime shopping, Illinois businesses must work to keep entry and exit areas free from ice, rain, snow, and moisture generally. This includes snow-shoveling, ice-salting, and posting abundantly clear warning signs about the presence of slick areas.

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Illinois injury lawyerWhile many individuals and families in the Chicago area have made the shift to online retailers for searching out Black Friday deals and savings, thousands upon thousands will still make in-person visits to local stores, shopping centers, malls, and other businesses. With so many people flocking to areas of commerce to acquire the most sought-after items at the lowest prices, commotion and congestion will inevitably produce accidents and injuries. Businesses, even amidst the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, have a duty to protect customers – even mere potential customers – from injuries on their premises. When you have suffered an injury on unsafe or ill-maintained premises, an experienced Park Ridge premises liability attorney will work to obtain compensation for the harms that you have suffered.

The Duty Owed by Businesses to Customers Represents an Elevated Standard

One might think that businesses deserve a break observing rules and regulations on a hectic occasion such as Black Friday. Such a conclusion would be entirely incorrect, however. Businesses, at all times – including peak shopping days or hours – are duty-bound to their customers to provide safe premises. Under Illinois law, customers, whether making a purchase or merely looking around, are classified as “invitees.” The duty owed to invitees by businesses is elevated beyond even the duty we owe to one another as individuals to refrain from intentionally or negligently causing harms.

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Illinois injury attorneyA slip-and-fall accident in or around an Illinois business may from the outside appear as a simple sequence of events. From a legal perspective, however, the question of liability for a slip-in-fall in which injuries are sustained may involve layers of complexity, depending on the presence or absence of notice of caution, employers, employees, independent contractors, and number of accident victims.

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident at an Illinois bar, restaurant, grocer, store, or other business, an experienced Park Ridge personal injury attorney will assert your legal rights and determine where liability lays for the harms that you have suffered.

The Complexities of a Multi-Party Slip-and-Fall

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