We see many people who have slipped and fallen at a business and think that they have a valid case against the business. It is important to understand that simply because you fall on property owned or maintained by a business does not mean that it will pay for your medical bills, lost income, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
However, there are also a number of people who fall at a business because of the business’ negligence.1 In these cases, the accident victim should not have to pay for medical treatment and should be monetarily compensated for such injuries.
What Must be Proven
An accident victim must prove that the business or property owner:
- Should have recognized the tripping hazard and did not repair it, or
- Created the dangerous condition
If you believe the business owner should have recognized the tripping hazard you must prove whether a reasonable person would be able to tell that the condition was dangerous and that a reasonable business owner would have enough time to observe and repair the hazard.
For example, if you slipped and fell in a supermarket on some water, you would have to show that the water had been there for a substantial period of time in order to have a valid slip and fall claim.
The second way a slip and fall can be proved is if the business created the dangerous condition. For example, if you slipped and fell in a supermarket on water from where an employee was mopping, but the employee failed to place signs on the aisle, you could have a valid slip and fall claim.
Types of Slip and Fall Hazards
Slip and fall2 cases are not limited to liquids in supermarket stores. Other common examples include:
- Tripping on stairs or ramps that do not have proper grip strips
- Falling where handrails should have been installed
- Falling on an unnatural accumulation of snow or ice that should have been cleared
- Inadequate lighting
- Exposed wiring or cables
Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney
If you have slipped and fallen at a business, you may not be responsible for your injuries. The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve and to keeping businesses as safe as possible for the public.
Slip and falls can cause devastating injury that requires medical treatment and is accompanied by tremendous pain. Call the skilled Illinois personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. for a free initial consultation to learn about your options.