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CNA study reveals common cause of slip and falls

CNA Financial Corporation released a study analyzing the slip-and-fall liability claims that it received between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2016. The authors noted several trends that may make business owners in Illinois and across the U.S. think twice about the safety of their own premises.

Business survey shows unaddressed slip and fall risks

The biggest threat to worker safety in Peoria could be slip and fall accidents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed same-level slips, opposed to slips on inclined walkways or steps, as the primary culprit of workplace injury. Of course, the same areas posing extreme risks for an employee injury can also cause a customer injury. A New Pig survey found that a large part of the problem is lack of risk awareness.

Ankle injuries caused by slip-and-fall accidents

A person who slips and falls while in a Peoria store or a restaurant could be at risk for suffering serious ankle injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, the person could have trouble with temporary or permanent limited mobility and severe pain, making it difficult to get around and potentially even preventing him or her from working or being involved in normal activities.

Pursuing civil remedies after a swimming pool accident

Swimming pool accidents claim the lives of about 1,000 children each year, and thousands more are left with injuries ranging from contusions and broken bones to permanent paralysis and brain damage. Some of these accidents take place at public facilities or business locations that feature swimming pools like hotels or health clubs, and many more occur at private residences across the state. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries caused by the negligent actions of an Illinois swimming pool owner or manager, you may wish to consult with an attorney who has experience with these sometimes complex and challenging cases.

Recent Illinois Supreme Court Decision Clarifies Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act

On December 1, 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of Pamela Murphy-Hylton v. Lieberman Management Services, Inc., et al., 2016 IL 120394. The case arises out of a claim by the Plaintiff, Pamela Murphy-Hylton, that she slipped and was injured while walking on the sidewalk outside her condominium. Ms. Murphy-Hylton alleged that a defective condition and negligent maintenance of the property created an "unnatural accumulation of ice" that caused her to fall. The trial court initially granted judgment in favor of the Defendants, Lieberman Management Services, Inc. and Klein Creek Condominium finding that the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act (745 ILCS 75/0.01) provided protection and immunity to the defendants. On appeal, the judgment was reversed. The matter was appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court, who has agreed with the appellate court.

Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Issue Involving Snow and Ice Removal Act

In December 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a ruling that on some cases, limits the immunities provided to residential owners and operators by the Snow and Ice Removal Act. In doing so, it expands a plaintiff's right to claim damages for injuries resulting from some types of slip-and-fall cases involving snow and ice.

3 approaches to assigning liability for slip and fall accidents

Hazards to personal safety exist throughout Illinois. A broken stair rail or icy sidewalk could cause a person to slip or fall. In some cases, victims might be partially at fault for their injuries, but laws have been developed that could allow such injury victims to still recover a portion of damages. The legal rules of contributory negligence, pure comparative negligence and modified comparative negligence guide the determination of liability.

Slip and Fall accidents

Nothing can be more frustrating to an injured individual than to find out that those they assumed were responsible for their injury doesn't owe them a thing! Unfortunately that is the bad news we are frequently faced with delivering when a potential client has come to us for help after falling or otherwise becoming injured on someone else's property. The first shocking piece of news is that just by virtue of being on someone else's property when you are hurt doesn't automatically make that property owner liable to you. You must be able to point the finger at them and say "if it weren't for you doing this...or not doing this...I wouldn't have been hurt." The second eye-opener is when we explain to them just what it takes to obtain recovery for those injuries.

Businesses may be liable for patrons' injuries

Business owners in Illinois are responsible for keeping their premises safe for customers, employees and anyone else who visits. When guests at an unsafe business location get injured, the owner could face premises liability claims. Due to the nature of most commercial leases, commercial landlords are usually not liable for customers' injuries on the premises.

How to make clubs and bars safer in Illinois

The June shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando was another reminder that clubs and bars need to address security vulnerabilities. While it may be possible to avoid getting hurt or even take down an active shooter by running or fighting back, the goal is to prevent chaos if possible. For instance, adding metal detectors at entrances may make it harder for anyone to get a gun inside.

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