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Icy Winters Lead to Personal Injury

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icy roadsThere's no shortage of news about the brutal winter in the Chicago area this year, with record-low temperatures, snowfall, and icy conditions. The weather pattern known as the Polar Vortex that swept through Chicago in early January left much of the city under ice. When the weather is this bad, of course, there are consequences beyond the damage such weather can do to city infrastructure. While many businesses and schools stayed closed during the worst of it, the city has to move forward despite the brutal winter. Snow and ice can lead to increased accident rates. If you have been injured due to snow and ice and believe it could have been prevented, you may be eligible for compensation.

If you were injured in a slip and fall accident while riding the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), for example, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the CTA for damages. In early January the Cook County Record reported that a woman is suing “the city's transit authority over allegations she sustained injuries on a bus.” The accident occurred in 2012, “when the driver accelerated quickly and in a jerky way, causing her to slip and fall on the wet floor,” according to the Cook County Record. This specific case may be more difficult to prove in a court of law, or may be ruled partial negligence, assigning only a fraction of the responsibility to the CTA.

According to the Illinois General Assembly, a person can file a personal injury suit up to two years after the date of the injury. To prove when and how the injury occurred, a person must have medical records of all hospitalizations and treatments, with doctors' notes and testimony.  If the personal injury was sustained in an act deemed criminal (such as an aggravated DUI charge) and the perpetrator is undergoing legal punishment, such as incarceration, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury suit does not begin until the accused has been released.

If you or someone you know is considering a personal injury suit in Chicago against the CTA or any other body or person, don't go through it alone. Contact the Law Offices of Cosmo Tedone and Barbara Morton today.

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