Couple blames homeowner, city for sidewalk slip

By Carol Ostrow | Mar 9, 2015

A Cook County couple is suing over a slip sustained while walking on a city sidewalk allegedly covered with a sheet of ice.

Teresa Perez and Ranulfo Perez filed a lawsuit Feb. 17 in Cook County Circuit Court against Anna Marciniek and the City of Chicago.

According to the complaint, the couple was walking on the sidewalk alongside Marciniak’s home on South Kenneth Avenue on Feb. 19, 2014, when Teresa slipped and fell on ice, causing her to sustain broken bones and soft tissue damage.

The couple accuses both Marciniak and the city of allowing snow and ice to accumulate, failing to remove the dangerous condition and not inspecting and maintaining gutters and downspouts attached to Marciniak's house.

Teresa Perez seeks more than $30,000 in damages, plus attorneys fees and costs. The suit includes a loss of consortiumship count on Ranulfo Perez's behalf. They are represented by Larry R. Rogers Jr. of Power, Rogers & Smith in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number: 2015L001665.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt and represents only one side of the story.

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