Slip and Fall Attributed to Black Ice

Slip and Fall Attributed to Black IceAn Illinois woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the owners of a building where she allegedly tripped on black ice.

Marilyn Gilmer claims that in January 2009, she was visiting a building owned by defendant National Vision, the St. Clair Record reports. As Gilmer was approaching the entrance to the store, she slipped on an accumulation of black ice near the door and sustained severe and permanent injuries, the suit states.

According to the lawsuit, the black ice had accumulated in front of the entrance when melted snow dripped down from the roof and froze overnight. National Vision is accused of negligence in allowing this alleged water leak and in failing to remove the black ice by applying salt to the area. Gilmer seeks compensatory damages for the injuries she allegedly sustained as a result of the defendant's actions. She is represented by a personal injury attorney.

Black ice refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a surface. The ice itself is not actually black, but the absence of ice pellets, snow or sleet in the ice makes it virtually transparent. When it accumulates on an asphalt roadway, it appears black and is known for being especially dangerous, as it is difficult for drivers to detect.