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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 we know 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 an unnatural accumulation of ice or snow that led to the injury. Natural accumulations, such as those caused by a recent snowstorm or blizzard, will generally not cause a property owner to be liable for injuries suffered by visitors in slip and fall accidents. In addition, property owners generally have no obligation to remove the natural accumulation of ice, snow, or water on sidewalks unless this obligation is clearly stated in a lease agreement or is required by a local ordinance.

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; or
  • 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.

Contact Our Naperville Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers

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 630-932-9100.

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