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Accidents Happen, But Who Is Liable?
Slip and fall injuries can happen just about anywhere: at home, at work, in a store, at a friend’s house, in a public space like a museum or a park.
A slip or fall accident can lead to serious injuries. These injuries can have significant consequences for a victim, both physical and financial. If you have been seriously injured in a slip or a fall, you could be entitled to seek monetary compensation through a personal injury claim. In Illinois, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
A few common causes of slips and falls include the following:
- Black ice;
- Broken steps;
- Uneven pavement;
- Wet floors; and
- Unmarked holes and other hazards on the ground.
Premises Liability and Slip and Fall Injuries
Property owners have what is known as premises liability for their properties. This means that they are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for all guests to the property. If a guest is hurt while on an owner’s property, the property owner may be held liable for the guest’s damages.
The extent of liability that a property owner faces for a victim’s injuries can depend on a few factors. One of these factors is known as duty of care. It refers to the level of responsibility a property owner has for maintaining a property’s safety depending on why the victim was on the property. Customers and others invited to the property for commercial reasons are known as invitees or licensees. They are owed the greatest duty of care, which means that the property owner has the greatest responsibility to them to maintain a safe property. Individuals who are not invited to the property are known as trespassers. A property owner is only responsible for a trespasser’s injury if the property owner purposely endangered the trespasser by creating a dangerous environment.
If you have been injured in a slip or a fall injury, seek medical attention for your injury as soon as you can. After you have received a diagnosis, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss issues such as duty of care, negligence, and filing a personal injury claim.
Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys
Accidents happen. If you have been injured in an accident that you did not cause, you could have grounds to file a personal injury claim and seek compensation for your expenses. To learn more about filing and pursuing a personal injury claim, contact The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey at 708-352-3790 to schedule your free legal consultation with our firm. Do not wait to begin working on your case with us.