Slip and Fall Liability

Slip and fall cases are a type of personal injury case that generally occur because a business owner was negligent in maintaining their property. This can be the result of substance on a floor that is there only temporarily, or something more permanent like a crack in a business’s walkway. When a visitor or tenant living on another person's property suffers serious or life-changing injuries in a fall, the property owner or management company could be held legally responsible. However, the victim and his or her attorneys must prove that the property owner or manager’s negligence or recklessness led them to suffer a significant injury that resulted in hospitalizations or extensive medical treatment.

In order to prove negligence or recklessness two questions must be answered. First, it is important to determine what cause you to fall. The second question, which may be more difficult to answer, is how what caused you to fall got there, and if anyone knew about the problem.

What do you need to prove in a slip and fall case?

Slip and fall cases are based on negligence law. If a property owner was not negligent, there will be no liability, and you will be unable to proceed with a slip and fall case. In cases involving slip and fall accidents, victims must prove that either:

  • The property owners failed to maintain the property
  • The property owners created unsafe conditions which caused the injury
  • Or, that the property owners knew about the dangerous premises or unsafe hazard but did not alert visitors or tenants to this fact

It is also important to prove whether or not the unsafe condition was permanent or temporary. In instances where the condition was temporary, the length of time it existed may make it difficult to prove your case. If the person who fell can’t determine what caused them to fall, then it will be very difficult to prove liability. If you are able after falling or slipping, take a picture of what ever caused you to fall. A photograph of what caused your injury could go a long way in proving liability.

Some people are hesitant to file a lawsuit after falling in public because they are often embarrassed or consider themselves clumsy. However, if you suffered significant injuries in a slip and fall accident at someone else's home or business as a result of negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit to seek fair compensation for the harms caused to you. Slip and fall lawsuits help seriously injured victims recover the costs involved to pay for medical bills, any lost earnings or other pain, disfigurement, emotional distress or permanent physical disability suffered as a result of the property owner’s negligence.

Our attorneys have represented seriously injured slip and fall victims for over 20 years and we may be able to help you seek justice to hold any and all wrongdoers accountable. All consultations with our lawyers are free and if we accept your case you will not pay us attorney’s fees until or unless we recover compensation for you. Call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.

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