Chicago Area Premises Liability Lawyers Recover Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries
Building and store owners owe a duty to people coming onto their property to maintain the premises in a safe manner, free of hazards that can cause a slip, trip, fall or other injury. When negligent property owners create or fail to fix a dangerous condition on the premises, the lawyers at Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. hold them accountable for their negligence and work to see that the injured victim is compensated for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other legally-recognized money damages.
A slip, trip or fall is no laughing matter and can cause serious painful injuries with long recovery times or even permanent damage. Fractures of the hip, wrist, or ankle, back and neck injuries, and even brain damage from head trauma are all potential occurrences in a slip and fall accident, which can result from any of the following:
- Food or drink spill in a grocery store or restaurant
- Wet floors in entryways
- Icy sidewalks
- Cracked or broken sidewalks
- Items falling from shelves
- Items on the floor cluttering the aisles
- Torn carpeting
- Unmarked steps
- Missing or broken handrails
Illinois Premises Liability Law
The Illinois Premises Liability Act can be found at 740 ICLS 130. The main point of this law was to abolish the common law distinctions between invitees and licensees. Traditionally, property owners owed a different duty to people on the premises depending upon whether they were invited guests or customers (invitees) or whether they were there under license (licensees) to perform some service, such as reading a meter or delivering a package. Under modern Illinois law, property owners owe a duty of reasonable care to entrants onto the property, regardless of their status. The law also includes special rules for off-road riding facilities and firearm ranges.
If you have been in a slip and fall accident
Of course, your primary concern should be with your medical needs. If you need to be taken to the hospital, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 for assistance. Otherwise, you should follow up with your primary care physician as soon as possible after the accident. Your doctor may want to take some x-rays or perform other tests and may want to see you again in a few days, as some symptoms of a fall do not arise right away.
If you are able to do so at the scene of the accident, it could be very helpful if you take pictures of the area, including the condition which caused you to slip or trip, etc. Notify the management or property owner. They may ask you to fill out an incident report, which is fine. It is good if both sides know there is a record of the accident on file. State clearly and factually what happened, and don’t sign any document that does not look like an accurate reflection of your statement. Also, try to get the names of any witnesses who saw the accident or who can testify about the condition that caused your slip and fall. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible, and bring this information with you to your first meeting with your lawyer.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation for Your Illinois Slip and Fall Injury
The key factors to establishing liability of the property owner include whether the owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition but failed to warn of it or correct it within a reasonable period of time. These factors can be difficult to establish and often require the testimony of industry experts. If you have been injured because of a hazardous condition on another’s property, be sure and contact an experienced premises liability attorney who knows how to prepare and present your case. In Carol Stream and throughout the greater Chicago area, contact Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. to speak with one of our able and experienced personal injury lawyers.