Premises Liability Due to Snow and Ice:
Cold weather is common and is a part of life in Illinois and the Chicagoland-area. Falling on ice or snow is painful and victims are often left with no time to brace themselves for impact. Illinois has special laws regarding the types of steps that property owners must take to protect visitors and customers from the dangers posed by accumulations of snow and ice on the property. A property owner may be liable if a guest was injured because of an “unnatural accumulation” of snow or ice on the property which created an unreasonable risk of harm to those using the property. The owner may have been negligent if he allowed snow to be tracked onto the store’s floor by customers.