Summer is upon Illinois residents, but not that long ago snow and ice afflicted residents throughout the state. Winter conditions can making walking and driving outdoors a challenge for those who wish to stay safe and to avoid injuries in the slippery wetness. However, winter is not the only time when slips and falls can occur. These accidents are a common way that premises liability claims may arise.
Premises liability law is an area of legislation that concerns the safety of property. In general, the owner of a building or parcel of land is expected to maintain the property in such a way as to render it reasonably safe for visitors and individuals who are invited to be on it. If a parcel or structure is to be left alone by others then the owner has a duty to warn others of dangers that may be contained therein.
Slip-and-fall accidents often lead to premises liability lawsuits that allege property owners failed in their duties to keep victims safe. The patron of a grocery store may have a claim against the retailor, property owner or other party if pooled water on the floor causes them to slide and fall, causing injuries. A private party may be liable under premises liability law if they invite friends to their home but fail to clear ice from their sidewalk or warn their guests about the danger.
Some slip-and-fall accidents are due to clumsiness, but many are due to the failure of property owners to exercise care in the maintenance of their premises. When a slip-and-fall accident occurs a victim can discuss their legal options with a lawyer who handles personal injury claims.