Slip and fall accidents are arguably the most common explanation for missed days of work and trips to the emergency room. Statistic reveal that slip and fall accidents are second to car accidents as a major cause of injury. Store owners, shopping malls or anywhere in which a property owner has a responsibility to keep the premises safe from hazards are possible destinations for slip and fall accidents.
PROPERTY OWNERS HAVE A DUTY TO KEEP THE PROPERTY IN A REASONABLY SAFE CONDITION
If you’re a property owner or a business operator you have a duty to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition. Unfortunately, countless property owners and store operators have (i) conditions within their property that are unsafe, (ii) that they are aware of the unsafe condition or (iii) they fail to take steps to correct the unsafe condition. Such factors may establish a case for a personal injury claim. Common examples of these uncorrected tripping hazards include:
- Poor lighting conditions
- Lack of handrails
- Unsafe steps or stairways that are not properly marked
- Cracked or broken sidewalks
- Ice or slippery conditions due to leaks or drainage
- Optical illusions which hide elevation changes or exits
- Handicap accessibility ramps and doorways
- Handicap accessible showers and bathrooms
PROVING A PROPERTY OWNER’S OR MANGER’S NEGLIGENCE
Property owners and store operators have insurance coverage that will compensate you for your injuries. However the process involved in proving that the owners and operators were negligent is quite complicated. The victim must prove that the property owner or manager’s negligence or recklessness led them to suffer a significant injury which makes slip and call cases the most difficult personal injury cases to prove in court. Our law firm has ongoing relationships with numerous safety experts and former safety compliance officers that will help us thoroughly investigate your accident to determine what safety codes or standards were not met and how the accident was preventable and gather important evidence that links your injury to the property owner’s or manager’s neglect to determine if there is a cause of action for your claim
Because conditions at these properties can change quickly it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible following an accident, as thorough investigation of the details is absolutely critical to your case. Weather conditions can change and lighting conditions and tripping hazards can be corrected in the hours and days following your fall so you need to act quickly.
Do not wait until medical bills start to pile up. If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall, call one of our experienced attorneys right away for a free consultation at (312) 422-0500 or fill out our free contact form online. Our attorneys have represented seriously injured slip and fall victims for over forty-five years and we can advise you on how to proceed and will help you get compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other costs related to the accident.