It is officially winter and Peoria residents may be sick of dealing with the snow, ice, and slush that is accumulating on their driveways and vehicles this holiday week. While many people love having a white Christmas, after several weeks of wet and cold weather most individuals would welcome a break from the bombardment of winter weather they often face during the cold months of the year.
Readers of this Illinois personal injury legal blog may know that when they elect to sue another party for their damages, they must first build a case that provides evidence of their included claims. That evidence must support the various legal elements of the claims the individual wishes to use as their means of collecting their damages. This post will look at what is required of a slip-and-fall victim to prove in order to demonstrate the veracity of their claims.
Not everyone who enters onto the property of another person has the right to be there. For example, if an Illinois resident sees a "no trespassing" sign and elects to enter that land, they may waive their right to seek compensation for any injuries they sustain while traversing the land.
Despite long having been fodder for physical human and slapstick entertainment, slip-and-fall incidents are actually quite serious. They happen every day across the country, both to people while they work and to others who visit public spaces, like retail stores. Sometimes, the person involved in a slip-and-fall walks away with little more than a strong sense of embarrassment and a few bruises. Other times, however, the potential for serious injuries arises.
Slip and fall injuries can happen anywhere and often result in pretty serious injuries. Whether you are at a shopping mall or your employer's office - these injuries occur and they occur often.
Illinois readers likely know that property owners might be liable, under certain circumstances, for any injuries their guests receive on their property. The legal concept for this rule is called premises liability. Under state law, a property owner must take reasonable precautions to make property safe for invited guests and to remove any dangerous conditions. Any breach of that duty might be seen as negligence in the eyes of a jury.