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City of Chicago Has Laws In Place To Make Winters Easier On Handicapped

November 8, 2008  ·  By HM&M


Snowy sidewalks make city life difficult for the Chicago's handicapped population. Unfortunately there are no Chicago laws that require owners of private property to remove snow from private walks and drives however, under the Chicago City Code, landlords are required to keep emergency exits accessible. Clearing snow and ice from building doors and steps fall under that category.

Local fair housing laws closely mirror federal requirements that landlords provide “reasonable accommodations” for renters with disabilities. The goal is to allow a disabled tenant to “enjoy” the property equally as all the other tenants, but not be given overly burdensome favors. Under Illinois law, in certain circumstances, owners who do a careful job of snow removal from public walks are protected from personal injury lawsuits.

Most court decisions require a tenant to put requests for accommodation in writing to trigger their rights—but the accommodations that are required vary case by case. If you have been injured as a result of a fall at someone else's property, the Premises Liability attorneys at Hurley McKenna & Metz, PC may be able to help. Please contact us at (312) 553-4900 for a consultation.

November 8, 2008

EPA To Review Health Risk From Popular Weed Killer

The Environmental Protection Agency said recently it is “re-evaluating the health effects of a popular weed killer that has been found in drinking water supplies,” to determine if further restrictions are needed to combat health concerns (Dina Cappiello, AP for Find Law, 10/7). Atrazine, a herbicide commonly used on corn and other crops has been... Read More

November 8, 2008

Electra Bike Recall Expanded

We previously posted on the Electra Bicycle Co's Amsterdam bicycle recall. More recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an expanded voluntary recall of these bikes due to a risk of injury. About 1,500 bicycles are involved in the new recall including Classic 3, Original 3, Royal 8 and Sport 3 models. 9,500 bicycles... Read More

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