Chicago Slip and Fall Lawyers

Each year people get hurt when they slip and fall on someone's property.

The most common slip and fall injuries occur inside buildings from wet floors or spilled liquid. Trip and fall injuries are commonly caused by the victim tripping over construction debris, worn carpet in offices, or a damaged step on a stairway. Property owners are liable when they or their employees cause these hazardous conditions. They may be held liable for spilled liquid or dropped debris that they have failed to clean up. Property owners may also be liable even if they did not directly cause the hazardous condition—if it can be shown that the unsafe condition was there long enough for the property owner to reasonably know the hazard existed. A good example of this type of liability would be a spill in a grocery store that a shopper caused, rather than an employee, but is not cleaned up in a reasonable amount of time.

Another common occurrence, especially during our Illinois winters, is an injury due to a slip and fall on snow or ice. If the snow or ice accumulates naturally, then the owner is not liable. But if the snow or ice accumulates because of an unnatural reason, such as a hole in the sidewalk or a leaking gutter or drainpipe, then the owner becomes liable for the hazard—and the expenses and disability of the injured person.

It is always important to know why the hazard or defect could not be recognized and avoided.

Property owners are not liable just because someone is injured on their property. Instead, they are only liable when they cause a hazardous or defective condition on their property, or permit that condition to exist when they know or should know the hazard or defect is present.

What to do If You Are Injured in a Fall

When you fall, it is important that you follow these steps at the scene:

  1. Immediately Determine What Caused Your Fall—Observe the area around you when you are down or after you have stood up and determine exactly what made you fall. You must be able to state exactly what caused you to fall. Look at it closely so you can describe its shape, color and substance. If possible, take a picture with your cell phone.
  2. Report Your Fall to the Property Owner or Store Manager—Falling in the middle of a store in front of strangers can be embarrassing. But be sure to let the owner know you did. File an accident report, even if the manager discourages it. Major retailers all have accident forms. Fill one out and get a copy of the form for yourself, along with the name of who you spoke to.
  3. 3. Medical Attention—If you need immediate medical attention, have the property owner call an ambulance for you or see your own doctor promptly. Be sure to give your doctor a complete history of how you fell.
  4. 4. Call your attorney at Adler & Adler, P.C.—With more than 40 years of combined experience in personal injury matters, we can help determine whether or not a property owner is responsible for your injury and help you receive full compensation for your injuries.

Why Choose Adler & Adler?

When you hire Adler & Adler, P.C., you can rest assured that you have hired an aggressive, seasoned professional—a lawyer who is highly experienced in the art of negotiation but not afraid to take cases to trial. Senior partners Valerie Harris Adler and Mark Adler know that successful results come from strategy, knowledge, and hard work. They also understand that in addition to coping with the anxiety of legal action, you and your family must handle the lasting effects of an injury—or even death—and deal with the uncertain future. To this end, we treat each of our clients with the respect and dignity that they deserve.

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Chicago, IL 60602
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