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Frequently Asked Questions About Slip and Fall Accident Claims

Posted on in Premises Liability

Waukegan premises liability attorneysFalling can lead to traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, spinal injuries, internal organ damage, and more. Something as simple as a broken handrail on a flight of stairs or slippery floor can cause a person to suffer agonizing injuries. People who are hurt in a fall may need extensive medical treatment and ongoing care. Their injuries may prevent them from working, maintaining their home, caring for children, and enjoying life the way they could before being injured. Fall-related expenses such as these can quickly become overwhelming. If you or a loved one have experienced a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible for compensation.

What Are the Illinois Laws Regarding Premises Liability?

Premises liability laws pertain to an injured person’s right to pursue damages after being injured on another person’s property. According to the Illinois Premises Liability Act, property owners, managers, and occupiers have a legal duty to keep premises reasonably safe for people who are lawfully on the property. If a hazardous condition does exist on the property, the owner must take action to fix the condition or warn guests to the property about the unsafe condition.  

When Is a Property Owner Responsible for Slip and Fall Injuries?

In order to bring a successful personal injury claim against a residential or commercial property owner, you will need to establish that the owner’s negligence led to your injuries. Often, a slip and fall accident is caused by an unsafe condition on a property such as a parking lot pothole, broken or icy walkway, loose floorboard, torn carpeting or loose rug, or poorly constructed staircase. If it can be proven that the owner was aware of the unsafe condition and it represented an unreasonable risk to guests, the property owner may be liable for injuries caused by a slip and fall.

What Type of Damages are Available in a Slip and Fall Case?  

The damages available in a slip and fall case include both economic and noneconomic losses. You may be entitled to compensation for costs related to your emergency room treatment, hospitalization, surgery, ongoing and future medical care, and more. If the injury has left you disabled or unable to work, you could also receive compensation for lost income and reduced employability. Compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced may also be available.

Contact a Waukegan Premises Liability Lawyer

If you or someone close to you was hurt in a slip and fall accident caused by another party’s negligence, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to learn more about premises liability claims. Schedule a free consultation with an accomplished Lake County slip and fall attorney by calling us at 847-662-3303 today.

 

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2048

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