Conditions That Can Lead to Outdoor Slip and Fall AccidentsIf a property owner is found liable for conditions that have led to an outdoor slip and fall accident, you may be eligible to file a Chicago wrongful death lawsuit or personal injury lawsuit. Chicago weather is notorious for tough wintery conditions, like snow and ice. This can be a contributing factor to outdoor slip and fall accidents. In each city or township, there may be specific laws pertaining to property owners removing ice or snow from outside a building. Property owners aren’t generally held liable for the natural accumulation of snow or ice, but if the owners’ actions result in an “unnatural” accumulation of snow and ice, the owner may be found liable for any accidents that occur as a result. Specific conditions that may lead to liability on behalf of the property owner include:
- Accumulation of ice on roof which then melts and drips off because the drain is clogged, resulting in the ice refreezing on the ground;
- Poor maintenance of a parking lot that results in melting ice turning into puddles and then refreezing into patches of ice; and
- Negligent removal of ice or snow.
- Tripping over a curb;
- Falling on a step or stairs that lead into a store or public business; or
- Tripping or falling because of cracks, uneven surfaces or holes.