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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.

Personal Injury

A personal injury is defined as any violation of an individual’s right, other than his or her rights in property. Although the term personal injury usually refers to physical injuries, that is not always the case. Some examples of personal injury lawsuits that are commonly filed are:

  • Auto accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Railroad accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Slip ­and ­fall accidents

Premises Liability

If you have suffered an accident or injury, which occurred on another person’s property, the owner of that property may be legally responsible for what happened. If you’ve suffered an injury of this type, and you believe it is a result of another person’s negligence, you may want to file a personal claim against them for your injuries, damages and costs. Your costs may have been incurred due to medical bills, lost earnings, disfigurement, pain, emotional distress or some sort of physical disability.

Some personal injuries that can occur on another person’s premise or property include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Dog bites or maulings
  • Exposure to toxic or hazardous substances such as lead or mold
  • Drownings

Construction Accidents

If you are a construction worker, you should know that there are special laws that were put in place to ensure that an employer and other related parties are responsibly protecting your health and safety on a construction site. If they are not and you have been injured, you have the right to file a personal claim in order to receive benefits and compensation owed to you. The claim may be against your employer or even against other parties that are liable.

Construction accidents can be severe and life altering. At Adler Law Offices, we understand that after going through such trauma, your goals are to make sure your medical bills are paid and covered, you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and that your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injury. We will provide a comprehensive review of your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.

  • Crushing accidents
  • Dangerous chemicals
  • Dangerous behavior by other workers
  • Defective power tools or misuse of tools
  • Electrical fires and electrocution
  • Explosions
  • Failure to provide proper safety equipment
  • Falling objects and debris
  • Impaling accidents
  • Scaffolding falls
  • Welding accidents

Wrongful Discharge

Although there are a few exceptions to the rule, in Illinois most employers have the right to fire an employee at will. This makes it very difficult to successfully file a wrongful termination claim against an employer.

With that said, there are a number of circumstances whereby an employer may be liable for wrongful discharge or termination of an employee. There may be contractual terms affecting your employment or statutory rights granted to you.

If you feel, in being fired, that your employer may have violated a state or federal law, public policy or your employment agreement, you should contact Adler Law Offices.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Typically when discussing motor vehicle accidents, one thinks of a rear end accident with simplified issues of negligence. However, motor vehicle accidents can and quite often involve extensive issues of proof, damages and recovery. It is not just the issue of the crash itself that is involved but instead the circumstances of the accident that can call into consideration numerous state and federal statutes.

If a motor vehicle is hit by an under-insured or uninsured motorist, the claim will involve not only a negligence action against the offending party, but also a claim under the victim’s insurance coverage which can lead to a second cause of action to arbitrate a claim against the insurer for uninsured or under-insured motorist coverage. If a motor vehicle is hit by a train at a crossing, both state and federal statutes and regulations come into play. This is where contacting a lawyer dedicated to doing more for their clients is important.

Trucking Accidents

Large truck accidents can involve multiple liable entities. The assistance of a skilled injury law firm can ensure that all responsible parties are held liable.

Boating Accidents

When a negligent party causes a boating accident, our team can help you recover the costs for medical treatment, lost wages and more.

Dog Bites

When vicious dogs attack in Chicago, Arlington Heights and surrounding communities, negligent owners can be held liable for medical expenses, lost earnings, emotional trauma and more.

Wrongful Death

If you have a relative who died as a result of someone else’s misconduct, you may be able to file a claim against the wrongdoer to recover monetary damages. Adler Law Offices has represented clients in numerous cases of this nature and has been able to obtain the policy limits of the offender’s insurance coverage in a number of them.

In addition to the claim for the death of a loved one, the surviving family members may have a claim for their loss of support, affection and society. Adler Law Offices can successfully protect the rights of the deceased and surviving family members.

Contact us for a free case consultation