Slip and fall on ice and slip and fall on snow are very common ways to sustain injury. Every winter, we represent many people who slip and fall on snow and ice. What people often do not understand is that simply because you slip and fall on someone's property does not make them automatically responsible for your injuries. You must prove that the property owner was at fault.
The law recognizes that in the winter, snow and ice are commonplace. If you slip and fall on naturally occurring snow or ice, there is no legal case. You must prove that the snow or ice which caused you to slip and fall was the result of an unnatural accumulation. When you fall, determining the cause of the slippery condition is the last thing you are concerned about. But from a legal perspective, it can make the difference between a recovery for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering and no recovery. Consulting with McCready, Garcia & Leet following a slip and fall on snow and ice will help in making a recovery.
How we help our clients recover for their personal injuries
Here are a few of the ways we have proven that snow or ice was not naturally occurring and how we have made a recovery for our clients:
- Ice formed from a gutter or down spout
- Snow plowed, melted, and re-froze causing ice
- Snow not shoveled properly
- Sidewalks not properly salted
These are just a few of the common ways we have proven the cause of the slippery condition which caused our client's injuries. It is always important to obtain photos in a slip and fall on ice case. Ideally, photos of the actual icy condition which caused the fall are best. Let's face it, after you slip and fall, you probably are not thinking about taking pictures of what has caused you to fall. In most cases, our investigators will go to the location and take photographs. Often we are able to determine what caused the condition even if it is not readily apparent to you.
Slip and fall on snow or ice can happen in many places
We have represented people throughout Chicago in slip and fall on snow and ice cases. Some of the locations where our clients have been injured include:
- Store parking lots
- Apartment buildings
- Stairs and landings
Each of these locations have unique challenges in order to prove a legal case. As you can guess, proving a slip and fall legal case can be difficult. For this reason, you should never give a statement to the insurance company about how the accident happened or your injuries. The job of an insurance company is not to pay claims, but to save money. Oftentimes, and insurance adjuster will ask questions in such a way that can hurt any chance you have to make a recovery.
When you hire McCready, Garcia & Leet, our job is to make sure your legal rights are protected and prove your case. We handle all aspects of your case, including dealing with the insurance company. We will investigate your case in order to make a recovery for you. To see if we can help you or to discuss your slip and fall on ice or snow case, please contact us.
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