Chicago Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
A slip and fall accident can occur in a matter of seconds, but the effects of such an incident can last a lifetime. Whether you’ve experienced a slip and fall on a wet or icy floor at the store, you’ve tripped on a poorly repaired sidewalk or stairway, you’ve fallen from scaffolding, or faulty or missing handrails or guardrails contributed to your fall, the serious injuries you have suffered can cause you to miss work, be unable to care for yourself or your children and result in the need for expensive medical treatments that cause your expenses to soar.
Fortunately, when someone else’s negligence was responsible for your misfortune, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation to help pay for your injuries. Adler Law Offices has more than 30 years of experience helping injured victims achieve financial relief from the burdens they suffer due to negligence.
Call attorney Charles Adler today at 312-236-2700 for a free case evaluation and to find out more about the legal options that may be available to you.
Establishing Slip and Fall Liability in Illinois
In Illinois, when a person suffers a slip and fall on someone else’s property, the property owner, manager or others may be held liable for the injuries that occur. To recover damages, however, a victim must be able to prove negligence or recklessness on the part of the other party. Some of the main ways to establish negligence or recklessness are;
- The responsible entity failed to repair or maintain the property
- The owner or manager created unsafe conditions that contributed to the slip and fall
- The party knew about the unsafe conditions, but failed to take action or alert visitors
Unfortunately, gathering the evidence to support an injury claim for a slip and fall incident can be challenging. In many cases property owners and managers will attempt to cover-up the conditions that led or contributed to an accident to avoid liability. Photographs of the hazardous conditions, witness statements, injury reports and medical records can be very helpful in proving a case. In some situations, experts are sometimes brought into an investigation to help prove liability and the value of a victim’s injuries.
Taking the Right Steps After a Slip and Fall
By taking the right steps, a victim can help ensure that his or her injury case is successful. It’s important to take immediate action by gathering all of the evidence available at the scene including the contact information for witnesses, photographs or video surveillance and damaged property. Victims should also be evaluated by a medical professional right away.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, contact Adler Law Offices at 312-236-2700 right away. Injury attorney Charles Adler and his team can help determine liability for your injuries, uncover evidence and inform you of your legal options.