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Slip and Fall in Chicago

Slip and Fall refers to an injury accident where a person slips or trips and then falls, typically on another person's property. Slip and fall cases are usually considered "premises liability" claims. Premises liability claims can be tricky because a person making a claim must consider both the kind of duty the owner of the property owed the injured person, and the circumstances surrounding the injury.

Since there is no exact formula in order to decide whether someone else was at fault for your slip or trip and fall injury, it may be best to speak to a Chicago Personal Injury lawyer to determine whether you have a claim.

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Chicago River Tragedy: 1 Dead, 1 Missing

A recent Chicago River tragedy involving three friends and a dropped cell phone is a grim reminder to people in the area to never step onto the icy river. Sadly, for the victims in this tragedy, that realization came too little too late.

Could the city face liability for the death?

Slip-and-Fall Injuries Can Ruin Your Summer BBQ

Since summer is (un)officially here, you might be getting your grill ready for a BBQ feast full of friends, food, and fun.

As you prepare to make merriment, make sure to take all the necessary precautions to prevent slip and fall injuries at your party. Not only would a slip and fall injury be a total buzzkill, it could get you sued for your guests' injuries.

To keep your party-goers playing Slip and Slide instead of slip and fall, here are a few tips:

Premises Liability and Your Duty to a Trespassing Santa

The fat man wants his cookies. Melty chocolate chip, snicker doodle, or peanut butter, it doesn't matter. Those cookies will be his. He'll slide down the chimney. He'll crawl in the window. He might even pick the lock on the front door, if it's necessary.

Of course, blinded by his sugary substance abuse and addiction to gift giving, he's bound to be in a rush. Eventually, he'll run into a lit chimney, or a hungry Rottweiler, or if Macaulay Culkin is around, a booby-trapped nightmare.

You'll Rip Your Foot Off! Kid Denied Recovery for Train Jumping

Dominic Choate was 12 years old when he made a really stupid decision. He wanted to impress his girlfriend. There was a moving train. Care to guess what happened next? On his third attempt to mount the moving behemoth, Choate slipped and his foot ended up under the wheel of the train, requiring a below-the-knee amputation.

Last year, a jury awarded him $3.6 million in damages. But last week, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned the verdict and awarded him nothing, finding that a "reasonably intelligent boy" of his age should have appreciated the obvious danger of train jumping.

Lawsuit Filed for Teen That Fell to Death in Vacant Hospital

Earlier this month, some teenage trouble-making, in the form of trespassing in a vacant hospital, turned deadly when one of the teens, 16-year-old Jose Morales, fell through a hole in the floor. He dropped two stories before landing and suffered internal injuries and head injuries. He was later pronounced dead at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, reports the Chicago Tribune .

His family filed a lawsuit against the building owners earlier this week.

You Trippin' Boo: The Law of Slip and Fall

Drip. Drip. Drip. Maria wondered who would get ice out of that nasty, rusted, leaking ice machine. Good thing there are rubber mats on the floor.

Her thought process was interrupted by the piercing screams of a woman that bore a striking resemblance to Betty White. Maria ran around the aisle and almost ended up on her keister. The leaky water had pooled and traveled into the packaged meat section of the grocery store, where an elderly woman was now writhing in pain on the floor.

This is what lawyers refer to as a slip and fall case. What should you do when you, or a loved one, ends up on the floor?

James Arthur Sues Cemetery For Broken Hip After Slip And Fall

In an interesting negligence suit filed against a mausoleum in Skokie, a man claimed he tripped and broke his hip after an employee turned out the lights because he apparently wanted to leave and go home early.

Chicago Breaking News reported James Arthur, who filed the suit in Cook County, was visiting a relative’s burial chamber on April 2009 at the Memorial Park Cemetery when the lights suddenly went out, which caused him to slip and fall. The suit claims one of Arthur’s family members had even told a worker in the area that their visit would be brief before he began closing the mausoleum.

Rise In Slip And Falls In Chicago Lead To More ER Visits

The Chicago Sun-Times reported numerous slip and fall accidents resulting from icy streets and sidewalks have sent many Chicago-area locals to the hospital during this winter season. One Chicago emergency room reported a 30 percent increase in patients visiting overnight as a result of weather-related injuries.

The Northwestern Memorial Hospital said it had a 20 percent rise in ER visits while Rush University Medical Center reported a 30 percent increase. The sudden rise in ER visits was mostly, if not all, linked to icy conditions. Many patients arrived to the hospitals with dislocated shoulders and wrist and hip fractures.

As the Midwest and the East Coast get hammered by blizzards, it's a good time to talk about premises liability. More to the point, what is a homeowner's responsibility with respect to shoveling (or not shoveling) snow on driveways and sections of sidewalk in front of one's house?

Some homeowners refuse to shovel snow not because they're lazy but because they believe it actually increases their chance of getting slapped with a slip-and-fall lawsuit.

It sounds crazy but is it really true?

Sheri Schooley sued suburban Detroit restaurant Texas Roadhouse after she allegedly injured her hand on a toilet paper dispenser, according to an Associated Press article published on the web site of Fort Wayne television station WANE.

The Michigan Supreme Court recently ruled 4-3 to allow the lawsuit to move ahead, ending two appeal attempts. The 58-year-old plaintiff admitted to reporters that her case involves a "bizarre story."