CHICAGO & OAK LAWN PREMISE LIABILITY LAW OFFICE

If you suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, you will be left struggling. You will struggle to resume life like you did before, and may struggle to complete chores or even go to work. 


If you suffered a slip and fall accident on another person's property, especially in a place of business, you may have a personal injury claim to help you pay your bills and manage your finances, while you recover from your injuries. 


Contact Illinois Personal Injury lawyers group today at (773) 609-4108 to learn more about how we can help. 

HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED IN A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT?

Slip and fall accidents are quite common in Chicago, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, and the entire state of Illinois. Some injuries are minor, such as a few scrapes and bruises. Other times they can result in serious injury. 


Slip & Fall Injuries

Common injuries from slip and fall include:

    • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Broken bones that require many surgeries
    • Serious spinal cord injuries
    • Neck and back injuries

Expected Damages from Slip and Fall

Serious slip and fall injuries will:

    • Result in expensive medical bills
    • Require you to stop working or reduce hours
    • Make it difficult to take care of your family
    • Cause you pain and suffering

If you are injured because of unsafe conditions on someone else's property, you may be able to file a claim for damages due to negligence. 


Our experienced personal injury lawyers at the Odeh Law Group personal injury lawyers can explain your options and help guide you through the process. You can contact us online or by calling (773) 609-4108.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAUSE SLIP AND FALLS?

Slip and fall injuries happen in many different situations. In some situations, they are caused by natural conditions, such as an icy sidewalk during winter. 


On the other hand, someone's negligence may be the cause of your slip and fall injury. Situations that can cause people to get injured in a trip and fall & slip and fall accidents include:

    • Broken, defective, or poorly designed stairs or stair rails. 
    • Ground or floors that are uneven or patched up
    • Not having enough lighting
    • Carpets or rugs that are entangled, very old, or slip
    • Porches that are broken or defective
    • Snow or ice that was negligently left 
    • Cracks in pavement
    • Wet spots from spilled or leaky liquid
    • Wet moped floor

Some accidents that occur on private property creates no liability for the owner, and cannot be pursued for damages. The liability of the owner in those situations depends on the circumstances.


WHAT DUTY DO CHICAGO AND ILLINOIS PROPERTY OWNERS HAVE TO PREVENT SLIP AND FALLS?

All property owners in Illinois have a duty to care for their property, known as "duty of care" to keep their property in good repair, and to warn and protect others against unsafe conditions. 


Property owners who fail at keeping their property in good repair and does not warn others against dangers, can be held liable for damages resulting from injuries in a personal injury claim. 


Keep in mind that just because you get injured on someone else's property, it does not mean that the property owner will be liable for your injuries. Business and property owners are not required to guarantee everyone's safety who walks onto their property. 


The property owner is held to a standard of reasonableness, which is defined as follows:

    • Could a reasonable property owner have known of the condition causing the injury; and
    • The reasonable property owner could have fixed the condition, but failed to do so;
    • If yes, the property owner may be held liable for negligence.

HOW DO YOU PROVE REASONABLENESS IN A SLIP AND FALL CASE?

The reasonableness requirement- also known as unreasonableness, can be proven in many different ways. For instance, if the owner of the property can be shown to be a diligent or meticulous on the upkeep of the property, it will be harder to prove negligence. 


Meaning, if he does regular maintenance and inspections, fixes problems, cleans the areas regularly, has repair staff on payroll, it will be harder to show that the property owner is negligent. 


However, if the property owner has a history of neglecting the property, there may be a case for negligence. 


For example, if the driveway has broken asphalt which has not been fixed within a reasonable period, or a broken step that has not been repaired. Here, it will be easier for your slip and fall attorney in Illinois to prove that the property owner has not been reasonable, and therefore he is negligent. 


Each case is different and these are only general observations not connected to a real case. Whether a property owner is negligent will depend on the specific facts of the case. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, speak with a slip and fall attorney before filing a claim. 


Our Illinois personal injury attorneys provide free case evaluations for slip and fall victims. After deciding to pursue a case, you can rest assured knowing that you will pay nothing until a satisfactory settlement is reached, or compensation is ordered pursuant to a lawsuit. 

What Personal Injury damages can I recover in Illinois?


Illinois law allows for compensation for different kinds of damages, including without limitations:

  • Medical bills;
  • long time home or hospital care;
  • Physical and occupational therapy 
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Scaring or disfigurement,
  • Negligent infliction of emotional distress, 
  • Wrongful death,
  • injury to a person's reputation,
  • punitive damages,
  • Lost earning capacity,

WHEN SHOULD I MAKE A CLAIM FOR MY SLIP AND FALL INJURY?

If you have been injured from a slip and fall accident as a result of someone else's negligence, it is better to file a claim as soon as possible. In Illinois, a slip and fall lawsuit must be filed within two years to comply with the statute of limitations. 


The statute of limitations is shorter than two years if the claim is against a state or local government. Consult with a slip and fall lawyer in Chicago as soon after the accident as possible. 


Statute of limitations is the only specific time table which must be followed, there is no other specific time to file your claim. However, the older a claim is, the harder it may be to reach a satisfactory result. 


If a claim takes a long time to be filed, evidence could be lost and memories fade. Because of the two year statute of limitations, it is important that you pursue a claim with a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. Missing the window for filing will stop you from filing a lawsuit and recovering damages. 


WHAT ARE MODIFIED COMPARATIVE FAULT IN ILLINOIS SLIP AND FALL CLAIMS?

According to Illinois's Comparative Fault law, even while being partially at fault for your injury, you may still recover damages for your injury. 


If the property owner bears some degree of fault, Modified Comparative Fault rule allows the plaintiff to recover damages for their slip and fall injury. 


For example, under the Comparative Fault Rule, if a jury finds that you are 30% responsible for the accident, and the property owner is 70% responsible, you will recover 70% of the proven damages. 


On the other hand, if a judge or jury finds that you are 50% or more at fault for your injuries, the defendant will be found not liable. 


CHICAGO SLIP AND FALL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Slipping and falling can damage more than just your ego. Millions of people visit the emergency room each year for injuries caused by a slip and fall. And some of those injuries can cause life altering injuries. 


If you or a loved one have injuries from a slip and fall because of someone else's negligence, you deserve legal representation and maximum compensation. 


Falling, tripping, and slipping in Chicago or anywhere in Illinois may result in premises liability claim. It is very important you seek medical assistance promptly. 


Slipping and falling and sustaining injury due to another's negligence and being responsible for medical bills, is not acceptable and is unfair. Let our experienced Illinois personal injury lawyers help get you the compensation you deserve. 


WHAT IS A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT?

Slip and fall is a legal term and is self explanatory. This legal term of slip and fall occurs when you slip and fall due to unsafe conditions which can be deemed to be the proximate cause of your injuries. 


Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere; either walking down the street, or while visiting a business, or while inside someone else's house. 


Slip and falls accidents do not only happen because of a wet floor. Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, and most often occur due to poorly lit or maintained staircases. 


WHERE DO SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS TAKE PLACE? 

A very common place to slip and fall is at work. Construction workers are killed or injured by slipping and falling more often than any other profession. However, slip and fall accidents also happen in stores and office buildings. 


In Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois, business must maintain their floors and fix potholes in their parking lots to ensure a safe environment for their customers.


People tend to blame themselves for falling. That blame does not always belong to them. If the floor is slippery due to an unnatural condition, the business owner has a duty to keep the floor clean and safe for customers to enter their establishment. 


Property owners also have a duty to keep their stairs up to code and proper lighting on in parking lots. If you were injured as a result of a slip and fall, we will hold the owners responsible for your injuries.  

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WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF SLIP AND FALLS?

Common causes of slip and falls include:

    • Damaged flooring
    • Potholes
    • Pavement defects
    • loose cords
    • Broken stairs and handrails
    • poor lighting
    • Slippery flooring 
    • Worn carpets or floor mats

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I'M INJURED IN A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT?

Slipping and falling can cause embarrassment which may cause you to immediately try to exit the situation. This is not a good idea.

    • After suffering an injury, wait for medical professionals to come and evaluate you. Or, seek medical attention as soon as possible. 
    • Document the environment around you by taking pictures of the condition that caused your slip and fall
    • Report your fall to management.
    • Document any contact information for any witnesses.
    • Contact a slip and fall attorney immediately. The attorney will work to preserve and document evidence. Such as getting accident videos or having a contractor inspect a dangerous situation. 

HOW MUCH COMPENSATION CAN I RECEIVE IF I PREVAIL IN A CHICAGO SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT LAWSUIT?

This is one of the most common questions we receive. If you reach a settlement or a court rules in your favor , you can expect to receive full compensation for your losses that are related to your slip and fall accident and injuries, including:

A pedestrian accident can have life altering consequences, if victims suffer severe injuries. Contact an experienced Illinois pedestrian accident attorney today, we will help you get the compensation you deserve. 

HO DO I PAY MY MEDICAL BILLS?

The person or entity responsible for your injury should also be responsible for paying your medical expenses. However, it will not be as simple as asking them to pay for your medical bills


After you are injured in a slip and fall accident you need to provide evidence to prove that the negligent party failed to take action that would have prevented you from slipping and falling on their property and therefor caused your injuries. 


This is a legal process that can get complicated. You will need to stay focused on getting back to your regular life. Your lawyer should handle your entire personal injury claim while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery from the accident. 

HOW CAN ILLINOIS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS AT THE ODEH LAW GROUP HELP YOU?

Our attorneys at Illinois personal injury lawyers have been representing clients involved in slip and fall accidents for over 3o years. 


In Chicago and the surrounding areas, we experienced first hand many property owners who fail to keep their premises safe and up to code with safety standards. Many of the injuries caused by slip and fall accidents occur because of defective property conditions. 


Depending on the seriousness of the injury, our lawyers will hire architects and contractors to inspect the property to identify serious deficiencies. 


If your injuries are particularly serious, we understand that your medical bills will be racking up quickly. If the injury requires a long recovery, it will impact your ability to perform your job.


If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident, we recommend not pursuing your case without an experienced personal injury attorney. 


Often times, slip and fall accidents are not easy to settle, and proving liability based only on injury sustained will not be enough. At Illinois personal injury lawyers, you can rest assured that we will give you an honest assessment of your claim. 


If we mutually decide to take on your case, we will zealously pursue damages and get you fair compensation for your slip and fall accident. Contact the Odeh Law group Illinois personal injury lawyers at (773) 609-4108 or use our online contact form

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