Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Serving Iowa and Illinois
In general terms, a slip and fall accident is a situation in which a person is injured by slipping or tripping and then falling due to a dangerous condition on the premises.
Such falls can happen inside or outside a building and be caused by such conditions as:
- bad flooring
- wet floors
- poorly lighted steps, or, in the case of outdoor accidents
- weather-related or hidden hazards
For instance, an icy patch outside a door or a crack or pothole can be the cause of a slip and fall in a parking lot.
It is important to contact a skilled Personal Injury Attorney to assist you with your slip and fall injury claim.
Responsibility to Ensure Safety on the Property
All slip and fall accidents are covered by negligence law and deal with the concept of premises liability.
Property owners have a “duty of care” to see that their property is safe.
This includes ensuring that the building, inside and out, is free of structural defects that could cause an accident.
In some states, the property owner may also have a duty to reduce problem areas caused by weather.
Structural defects can include:
- loose floor mats
- rugs, or tiles
- water on the floor
- poorly lit stairs or steps
- and cracks or holes in sidewalks or parking lots
Weather-related hazards may include standing water and icy spots. A plaintiff or claimant also has a duty to exercise reasonable care, so if any action of yours contributed to the accident, you may share in the negligence.
If you experience a slip and fall accident, you should try to determine what made you fall and whether it could have been anticipated and prevented.
If anyone saw you fall, be sure you get the names and addresses of all witnesses.
Try to note the conditions in the area.
Was the lighting poor?
Was there some substance that made you slip?
If you did slip because of something on the floor, try to obtain a sample.
Also, try to get pictures of the area. Report any such accident to the manager or owner and insist that they make a record of it.
It is your responsibility to prove that a hazard existed and that it was the cause of your accident.
Contact an Iowa and Illinois Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
The initial consultation is free of charge.
If we agree to handle your injury case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if, and when, there is a money recovery for you.
In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations.
Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.
Our team of personal injury attorneys is licensed to practice in Illinois, Iowa, and the federal courts.
We have handled and can handle serious cases all over the country. No matter where you reside, VanDerGinst Law can help you.
Slip & Fall FAQ
Premises liability means property owners are responsible for any injuries that occur on their property.
We can help by gathering all the necessary legal information and evidence surrounding your case. Contact us today for a free consultation of your case.
Yes. A property owner needs to ensure that his or her property is maintained safely.
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