Slip and fall accidents are probably the most common type of premises liability case. If you have been injured because a property owner let a dangerous condition exist on his premises, you may have a claim against him. Slip and fall accidents can be caused by soapy water on the floor, food spills in the supermarket, foreign objects obstructing a walking path, or stairs that weren’t maintained properly, among others. These cases involve injures sustained by falling on someone else’s property. Property owners have a responsibility to keep their property free of hazards that can cause falls. Attorney Bogdan Martinovich is a personal injury lawyer with over 35 years of experience handling cases in Illinois. He has worked on numerous slip and fall cases and achieving the best possible result is always his top priority.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
There are a variety of causes for slip and fall accidents. Here are some common examples:
- Failure to shovel snow or salt ice causing slippery conditions
- Failure to mop up a liquid spill in a store
- Failure to properly mark slippery areas
- Not supplying adequate lighting in corridors or stairwells
- Broken or uneven steps in a stairway
- Unmarked tripping hazards such as objects left on the floor
- Unprotected and/or unmarked hole or gap in the floor
- Construction code violations
In a slip and fall case, the plaintiff must show that property owner knew of the hazard (or should have known) and failed to properly address the problem. Additionally, the plaintiff must usually show that any reasonable person could have had the same accident.
While they often result in minor injuries like sprained ankles or wrists, some slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Regardless of the level of injury you sustain, it is important to choose an experienced attorney to ensure you get the maximum possible recovery for your injuries.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. We handle all of our personal injury cases on a contingency basis, so you don’t pay unless we win.