Chicago Slip & Fall Lawyers
Slip and fall accidents are an umbrella term for various types of accidents that involve falling. These include tripping over objects in your path, stepping and falling, or actually slipping on wet, greasy, or oily floors. While slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, some of the most common locations are near doorways, cluttered areas, uneven, slippery, or wet surfaces, unstable work surfaces, poorly lit areas, ladders, and stairs. A personal injury lawyer can prove helpful in a slip and fall accident.
Slip and fall accidents generally occur because a business or property owner was negligent in maintaining their property. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident outside of a home or place of employment, you may have a premises liability claim.
At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., you can trust our extensive experience in handling Chicago premises liability cases to recover your losses. We know the nuances of Illinois personal injury law and can help you understand your rights and what to expect if you pursue a premises liability claim.
Slip & Fall Injuries
Slips and falls are among the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States and account for approximately 8.9 million emergency room visits each year. According to the CDC, one out of five falls results in a serious injury and the average hospital cost for a fall injury is over $30,000. Some of the most common injuries from slip and fall accidents include:
- Fractures (particularly hip fractures for older individuals)
- Traumatic brain injuries (e.g. concussions)
- Sprained/strained muscles and torn tendons or ligaments
- Neck, back and spinal cord injuries
- Dislocated shoulders
Premises Liability Claims in Illinois
Premises liability refers to accidents that happen to a guest on property belonging to another person, business, or organization. Typically, premises liability cases arise from unsafe conditions as a result of negligence. If the person who owns the property (whether it be a home or a business) was negligent, and the negligence resulted in your injury, then you may be able to recover compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, and loss of normal life.
Determining Liability in Slip and Fall Accidents
In order to establish liability in a slip and fall case, the injured party must prove that either:
- The property owner was either aware that there was a hazard and failed to remedy it or
- The property owner should have known there was a hazard and failed to address it.
There are several factors that go into establishing liability and some important questions that must be addressed for any slip and fall accident claim. For example, if you slip on a banana peel:
Why was the banana peel on the floor?
Was there a posted warning about the banana peel being on the floor?
Did the property owner or one of its agents/employees notice the banana and fail to pick it up?
Or, did the property owner or one of its agents/employees fail to notice the banana (given a lengthy amount of time lying on the floor)?
Did you see the banana before you slipped?
Depending on the answers to these questions, you may be eligible for monetary compensation for slipping and falling if the property owner is found to be negligent. In cases where the property owner should have foreseen the unsafe condition that led to your injury, it’s especially important to have an experienced Chicago premises liability attorney represent you.
What to Do If You Have Sustained a Slip and Fall Injury
A slip and fall accident can be a stressful one-time incident with lasting repercussions for you down the road. If you have been hurt in such an accident and you’re thinking about making a claim for damages, here are some things you should consider:
- Be sure to get the names of the property owner(s) and any managers if applicable.
- Write down the contact information for any witnesses.
- Take photography or video of the scene and your injuries.
- Save your footwear and clothing from the incident, which could be used as evidence at settlement or trial.
- Get medical attention for your bruises, cuts, scrapes, and pains.
- Avoid recorded statements with insurance companies, including any compensation initially offered. Depending on the situation, this may waive your right to sue for additional recovery.
Contact an Experienced Chicago Slip and Fall Lawyer
When you’ve been hurt by slipping and falling on someone else’s property, it’s not quite so simple to say that you have been hurt and that you should be owed compensation for your injuries. The property owner will likely argue that he or she was not negligent. They may argue that they had not yet had time to discover the issue that caused your accident, that there was no way of knowing the issue was there, or that you were actually at fault for not exercising due diligence for your own self-awareness and safety. This is why an experienced Chicago premises liability attorney can make the difference in whether you are appropriately compensated or whether you must bear the financial and physical burden yourself.
The dedicated slip and fall injury lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., P.C. will take the time to explain your legal options, preserve valuable evidence to support your claim, and fight for the compensation you deserve. With over a decade of experience representing the people of Chicago in a wide range of personal injury cases, we are happy to put our knowledge, skills, and resources to work for you.
Call us for a free legal consultation on your slip and fall at (312) 236-2900.