Let’s say you’re walking through a retail store, like a grocery store or a home improvement center, for example, and you slip and fall. Now let’s say that when you fall you land awkwardly and end up hurting yourself. Maybe you break your ankle, fracture your elbow, or crack your tailbone. Any or all of these injuries are possible when you suffer a fall. If this happens to you, you might wonder if you have good reason to file a slip and fall lawsuit.
The first thing you need to keep in mind is that there must be negligence in order for you to have a legitimate slip and fall case. If you happen to be walking along and you trip over your own feet, then it may be very difficult to prove there was any negligence on the part of the store. Even if you can prove negligence, you also have to prove that the negligence actually caused your accident and subsequent injuries. In order to prove negligent behavior there has to be some kind of unsafe condition in the store that the defendant was aware of, or should have been aware of.
Who you include in your suit may seem obvious, but there are actually several factors that come into play in a slip and fall case. If the owner of the store also owns the store property then most likely that will be the only defendant in the case. However, because some storeowners also lease their property, you could include the property owner or landlord in your claim. Depending on the particular details of your case, you will usually have to choose between filing your claim against the owner or the landlord, but both could be involved.
There are other important factors to keep in mind if you slip and fall at a business or store. For example, how wet or slippery was the floor, why was it slippery, and were there any warning signs to alert you of the possible danger are all important factors to make a note of. It’s very important to know why the floor was slippery before you leave the premises. Without knowing what caused you to slip and fall it is difficult to win your case. You should also try to find out how long the floor was in that condition, or how long the substance that caused you to fall was on the floor.
The bottom line when it comes to slip-and-fall accidents is that you need to know the important details and factors of the accident. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident and you think negligence was a factor, then you should contact our experienced team of personal injury lawyers in Chicago at Michael T. Friedman & Associates PC. We can help you determine if you have a legitimate case and then prepare a plan of action to get you results. If you have been the victim of negligence, then please contact us today by clicking here or call us at 312-339-8816.
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