Water Tower Place is a popular shopping center in Chicago. Shoppers can enjoy their pick of 105 stores that are spread across several levels. In such a large shopping center, accidents do happen. Many shoppers slip, trip, and fall in Water Tower Place every year. These injured shoppers need the guidance of a skilled slip and fall attorney to ensure that they receive the compensation they deserve.
Where do slips, trips, and falls often occur?
In shopping centers like Water Tower Place, slips, trips, and falls may occur in any number of areas. For example, shoppers may be injured:
- In store aisles
- Around vending machines or water fountains
- On escalators
- Entering or exiting elevators
- In parking lots and garages
- In food courts
- In restrooms
If an injury occurs in any area that is owned by the shopping center, the shopping center may be liable for the victim’s injuries.
Evidence considered in a slip and fall claim
A wide variety of evidence may be considered in a slip and fall claim. This includes:
- Medical records
- Prescription records
- Medical bills
- Shopping center records, such as previous incident reports
- Shopping center maintenance records
- Employment records that demonstrate lost wages
- Records reflecting the alterations made to the victim’s home, if any were necessary (such as wheelchair ramps)
- Witness statements
- Security camera footage
Many items that support or refute the claims made in a slip and fall case may be used throughout the case.
What you can do to help your case
If you were injured in a slip and fall case, there are several steps you can take to strengthen your claim.
First, hire an attorney experienced in slip and fall cases. These attorneys are invaluable during your case. With a skilled attorney on your side, you significantly increase the odds of obtaining compensation.
Next, make sure you stay in touch with your attorney. Any time you visit a medical professional, for example, be sure you forward any records and bills you have to your attorney. This will help your attorney keep up with the damages in your case.
Do not discuss your claim on social media. Many insurance defense attorneys and investigators scour the web for any statements victims make on the Internet about their cases. For example, if you slipped and fell on a Tuesday, and on Saturday you shared photos of yourself running a marathon, the insurance company will argue that you certainly did not sustain any serious injuries if you were able to engage in such an activity.
Make sure you complete your medical treatment. Failing to follow a doctor’s orders will weaken your claim as well. Take your medications and be on time for your appointments.
Let our experienced attorneys help
At Stein & Shulman, our attorneys are experienced in slip and fall cases and help our clients get the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential claim, call 312-422-0500.