Woman Hit By Falling Glass In Chicago Loop on South Wabash Avenue
Unsafe Premises - December 21, 2022
Woman Injured In Chicago Loop Accident After She Was Hit By Falling Glass From Third Floor Residence on South Wabash Avenue
CHICAGO LOOP, ILLINOIS (December 21, 2022) – A woman was injured in a Chicago Loop accident after being hit by a piece of falling glass from a residence on South Wabash Avenue.
Cook County officials are saying that the accident took place on Tuesday night. A woman was walking on the sidewalk in the 100 block of South Wabash Avenue when she was hit by a falling piece of glass.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. She sustained a cut to her forehead and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
A full investigation into the Chicago Loop accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Chicago Loop Accidents
Both workers and civilians are at risk of being hit by falling debris from buildings or construction sites. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 50,000 people are struck by falling objects every year in the United States. There are a number of rules and regulations that help mitigate the likelihood of these types of accidents. For the most part, accidents involving falling debris are largely preventable. There are a number of steps that property owners should take to prevent people from being hit by falling debris.
- Areas that are known to have falling debris should be sectioned off from the public.
- Building façades and windows should be regularly inspected and not left in a state of disrepair.
- In certain situations, safety nets should be installed to protect pedestrians from falling debris.
A property owner could face civil liability for any accident where a pedestrian is hit by falling debris. Property owners have a legal obligation to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. Pursuant to Illinois Civil Code (740 ILCS 130/), property owners have “a duty to warn of or otherwise take reasonable steps to protect such entrants from conditions on the premises that are known to the entrant, are open and obvious, or can reasonably be expected to be discovered by the entrant; a duty to warn of latent defects or dangers or defects or dangers unknown to the owner or occupier of the premises.” When a property owner fails to maintain their premises in a safe condition, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of falling debris tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
Many accident victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after an accident. It can be difficult to know where to begin after any accident involving falling debris. It is important that accident victims understand that they do have rights. For example, they have the ability to recover damages through a civil claim if that is what they want. Unfortunately, though, it is common for property owners to deny all liability when debris from their property injures someone. This is why it is so important that all evidence is properly preserved after an accident.
Investigating A Cook County Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the woman injured by the falling glass in Chicago Loop. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Steps should be taken to prevent similar accidents at this location.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured by falling glass or debris in Chicago Loop? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and information that they are entitled to. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.