Slip and Fall Lawyers
Homeowners, business owners, property owners, and tenants have an obligation to make sure their properties are reasonably safe for people who are allowed onto the premises. Failure to do so can lead to serious injuries such as broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even death. If you are the victim of a property owner's negligence, you need to obtain legal representation quickly to protect your rights.
The experienced slip-and-fall attorneys at The Collins Law Firm in Naperville represent individuals who have sustained injuries as a result of a property owner or tenant's carelessness, including slipping and falling because of icy or wet surfaces, broken pavement, inadequate lighting, spills, or other unsafe conditions that the property owners created or failed to address before it was too late.It is Important to Act Quickly When You are Hurt in a Slip-and-Fall Accident
In addition to seeking medical attention right away and making sure all of your treatment is properly documented, there are several steps that you must take to preserve critical evidence when you are hurt in a slip and fall accident as a result of unsafe conditions at a property. Those include:
- Reporting your accident to a manager or building owner while you are still on the premises and making sure the report is properly documented.
- Taking multiple photos of the unsafe conditions that led to your accident. If you wait, you will give the property owner time to make repairs and cover up any evidence.
- Speaking with witnesses who saw your accident. It is important to get their contact information if you need to speak to them again.
- Saving any documentation of damages related to your accident. These could be things like evidence of lost wages and medical bills.
- Talk to an experienced slip and fall attorney before you speak with the defendant’s insurance company. An attorney may want to act quickly to inspect the premises, take extra photos or a video of the area, preserving evidence for your case.
While there are many causes of slip and fall accidents, the following scenarios are more common than others.
- Defective or broken stairs
- Ice or snow on walkways and the entranceway to the premises
- Uneven flooring
- Unexpected or protruding objects
- Wet and slippery walking surfaces
No matter where you were injured, if the conditions that caused your injury were the result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be fairly compensated for your injuries.What are Common Injuries From Slip-and-Fall Accidents?
Those who suffer slip and fall accidents are at risk for serious injury. Broken bones, back and neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and torn ligaments are all common injuries in slip and fall accidents. Beyond the physical injuries, a slip and fall accident can impact you mentally and financially. Seeking medical attention for your injuries should be your first priority; followed quickly by contacting an experienced slip and fall lawyer.
Determining who is liable for your accident can be a tricky thing. It is best to leave this process to an experienced slip and fall attorney. In general, however, whoever created or did not fix the hazard that caused your injury can be held liable. Property owners owe some duty to people who are on their property and must make a reasonable effort to keep their property free of hazards that may cause injury or death. If they fail to act with the proper level of care, you may have a valid case against them. Slip-and-fall claims can be filed against property owners, builders, management companies, landlords, and others. However, your behavior on the property may also matter in determining liability. If you are trespassing, ignoring warning signs, or behaving dangerously, the defendant may claim you were responsible for your own injuries and you may not be able to recover damages. In Illinois, you can recover for your injuries as long as you were less than 50% responsible for your accident.Do You Need a Premises Liability Lawyer for Your Slip and Fall Accident?
As you can see, these cases are not always straightforward, and proving liability may be complicated, which is why it is critical to have a good premises liability lawyer on your side. Moreover, it is important to act quickly after an accident on someone else’s property. Contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to start protecting your legal rights. The property owner and their insurance company may deny responsibility and try to resist settling your personal injury claim. You will need an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer who knows the legal process and who will fight to get you the compensation you are entitled to.Why You Should Call Us
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, call the experienced premises liability lawyers at The Collins Law Firm as soon as possible. If a property owner’s negligence is responsible for your injuries, we will investigate your case, gather evidence, determine who can be held liable, and file a claim on your behalf to ensure that you are compensated for what you have been through. Our team of slip-and-fall lawyers will be by your side every step of the way ensuring that you get the justice you deserve. Call us at (630) 527-1595 or fill out our contact form for a FREE CONSULTATION and to learn how our attorneys can help you.