Slip, Trip and Fall Accident Attorneys in Chicago
The Deratany Firm is ready to protect your rights after a slip and fall accident.
One of the most common personal injury claims is known as a “slip and fall” accident, which means someone slipped or tripped and fell on someone else’s property and was injured as a result. Slip and fall accidents can happen on any premises when business owners, managers, employees, property owners, homeowners or landlords allow an unsafe condition on their property to exist.
Property owners or landlords may be held liable for a slip and fall injury if they failed to keep up their properties. These can be complex cases. Not everyone who slips and falls in a store, parking lot or in a rented apartment has grounds to file a lawsuit. Sometimes, a business owner or landlord is not aware of a hazard that may have developed shortly before the accident. In other cases, a property owner cannot be held responsible if it’s determined that an ordinary person should expect to find the hazard and avoid it.
But there are many instances where injured victims in slip and fall accidents have a legitimate case. Accidents can happen for any number of reasons, from grocery store managers who fail to promptly address a spill to hotel staff who fail to upkeep a sidewalk during the winter months.
If you need help with your potential slip and fall claim, or want to know if you have a case, we encourage you to call us for a free consultation: 800-529-7285. We can help determine liability for your accident and strive to recover compensation for your injuries. Contact us today.
How slip and fall accidents happen in Illinois
Slip, trip and fall accidents have a variety of different causes in Chicago.
- Wet or slippery surfaces
- Torn carpeting or broken tiles
- Unsafe steps or narrow stairs
- Inadequate upkeep of a sidewalk or walkway
- Poor lighting or visibility
- Safety code violations
Common slip and fall accident injuries
Injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident can vary depending on the circumstances and location of your injury. A fall down a staircase due to a loose handrail can result in cuts, bruises and broken bones. A fall on pavement due to snow or ice can result in broken bones, fractures or a potentially debilitating head, neck or spinal cord injury. Even worse, a slip and fall sustained by an elderly relative at a nursing home may even lead to the wrongful death of that loved one.
After a slip, trip or fall accident, it’s critical to report the accident to management and to seek medical attention immediately. If you believe the conditions which led to your accident were preventable, you may have grounds to file a claim against a negligent property owner. The Deratany Firm can collect evidence, interview witnesses and consult with medical experts to determine the cause of your accident and true long-term cost of your injuries.
In determining who is legally responsible, one of the following must be shown:
- The hazard, such as a spill or a gash in a floor, must have been created by the property owner or an employee.
- The property owner, landlord or employee knew about the hazard but failed to take any action.
- The property owner, landlord or employee should have known of the hazard because most other people who would have been in their position would have discovered the danger and removed it.
These types of cases typically require a thorough investigation and a deep knowledge of premises liability law. The Deratany Firm, with more than 100 years of combined experience, is ready and willing to fight to protect the rights of Chicagoans injured in slip, trip and fall accidents.