Ah, Winter. If you’re a native Chicagoan (or Midwesterner in general), then you’ve not just lived through our brutal below freezing temperatures and many feet of snow… you’ve braved them. While just the thought of stepping out into the winter wasteland is enough to want to stay home until Spring, what’s even worse is going outside and slipping on an unplowed sidewalk, or worse – ice.
With the sheer volume of days filled with snow and subsequent ice pools, it should come as no surprise that slip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury claims. What’s even more interesting is that the property owner is usually not responsible. But there are certain circumstances when they are, and it’s important to get the facts straight before taking legal action.
What are Chicago business owners’ responsibilities this winter?