Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability case. Though the terms “slip and fall” may make this type of accident sound minor, statistics show that slip and fall accidents are second only to car accidents as a major cause of accidental death and disability. In fact, slip and fall accidents kill more workers each year than all other types of workplace accidents combined, and they are the most common reason patients visit the ER.
A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere – at work, out on a public street, while you are shopping at a store, or even on private property. While many of these accidents are truly unavoidable, all too often they are caused by unsafe property conditions. Property owners and managers have a responsibility to keep their premises safe, especially when they are frequently traversed by the public. If a hazardous property condition causes you to fall and sustain serious injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Some examples of unsafe property conditions that lead to slip and fall accidents include:
- Bad lighting
- Slippery surfaces with no warning signs
- Uneven sidewalks
- Steps that are not properly marked
- Obstacles or obstructions
- Loose tiles or rippled carpet
In too many situations, the property owner was already aware of the damage and simply failed to address it. If this is the case, they can be held liable for your injuries, including your medical bills, lost income, and other related damages.
Slip and fall accidents can result in several types of serious injuries, from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries and even spinal cord injuries. Some patients are left incapacitated for life because a single hazard was not cleared away or marked properly by a property owner.
Proving a Property Owner’s Neglect
Despite their prevalence, slip and fall cases are some of the most difficult personal injury cases to prove in court. Many property owners will deny responsibility for an individual’s injuries by claiming that they were legitimately unaware of the hazard despite diligent maintenance, or else that the victim caused the accident by him or herself. In order to hold a property owner liable for your injuries, you must be able to prove one of three things:
- That the owner’s actions created the dangerous condition or environment
- That the owner was aware of the unsafe condition and ignored it
- That the owner failed to adequately warn public users of an unsafe condition
Our accident lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd have years of experience handling slip and fall accident claims. We can thoroughly investigate your accident and gather important evidence that links your injury to a property owner’s neglect. Also, we retain civil engineers who can evaluate the premises and determine if there are building code violations.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident in Chicago, it will cost you nothing to contact our attorneys and see if you have a case. We work on a contingency basis, meaning we do not charge you fees unless we collect money in your case.
If you or a loved one has been hurt, and you need help, please call or email us today or text "Walnerlaw" to 41513 for a FREE consultation.