Slip and Fall Accidents

When you are on another person’s (or company’s) property, the chance of injury is probably the last thing on your mind.

But accidents often happen, and they happen without warning, leaving you and your family to pick up the pieces. Slip and fall accidents cause some of the most severe injuries. Concussions, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and other severe injuries require extensive recovery time, leaving you unable to work and go about your daily life.

Don’t assume fault for your fall, at least not until you know the facts.

Slip and Fall AccidentsWe’re all clumsy from time to time, but don’t assume that your fall was solely your mistake. Negligence happens in many ways, and not all of these causes are plain to the eye. If you’ve fallen and you’re suffering from injuries as a direct result of your fall, don’t hesitate; call our slip and fall injury lawyers and we’ll fight for you today, tomorrow, and until this is resolved for you and your family.

Know that if you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you may be eligible for compensation. If the property owner was negligent and didn’t maintain safe premises, they could be liable for your accident.

To contact a personal injury lawyer and learn more about your slip and fall accident and whether or not you can seek compensation as a result of your injuries, please call Franks Gerkin McKenna. We are a nine-attorney, full-service law firm, and we’re focused on fighting the families in McHenry County, Illinois. We believe in justice and fighting vigorously for what is right.

Learn more about the experienced, skilled personal injury lawyers at Franks Gerkin McKenna.

We will ask you these questions, and more, after your slip and fall accident:

  • What caused your fall?
  • If it was a hazard, how did it get there?
  • How long was the hazard there?
  • Were there any witnesses?

For example, let’s say you called our office because you slipped and fell in a grocery store due to the slippery, recently mopped floors. While you did not see the wet floors, your family member did. One of the first questions we would ask you is whether or not there was a yellow hazard sign.  The second question we’d ask is if there was a witness to your fall, which in this case there was.

The reason why is because in order for there to be a case of negligence, the person responsible for the property must a) have known the hazard was there and b) not done anything to prevent the accident.

This is why it is important to know how long the hazard was there. In the case of this example, let’s say that a grocery store worker had mopped the floors only minutes before you slipped. He had left the floors unattended while he went to get the hazard sign. Was it then a case of negligence?

As you can see, slip and fall injury law is complicated here in Northern Illinois, but please don’t let that discourage you. At Franks Gerkin McKenna, we’ll vigorously investigate what happened to you and do our best to answer your questions.

If ice caused my fall is this a slip and fall personal injury claim?

What are common causes of slip and fall accidents?

There are many possible causes of slip and fall accidents. Below are just a few common causes:

  • Slippery floors
  • Icy surfaces
  • Holes in floor
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Torn carpets
  • Uneven staircases
  • Missing or broken handrails in stairwells

Common locations for slip and fall accidents include:

  • Stores (grocery, retail, etc.)
  • Parking lots
  • Private homes
  • In stairwells

Who is Responsible in Slip-and-Fall Accident Cases?

Homeowners and property owners have a responsibility to ensure safe premises free from potentially dangerous or hazardous conditions that could threaten the safety of visitors.

When a dangerous property condition causes someone to get injured — such as in a slip-and-fall accident — the property owner may be deemed responsible and the accident victim may be eligible for compensation.

If you have been injured on another party’s property, a premises liability attorney can help you determine your options for pursuing compensation.

A McHenry County, Illinois personal injury lawyer at Franks Gerkin McKenna will investigate the accident and determine whether or not the property owner is responsible,. We’ll then fight for proper legal action.

You may be eligible for compensation for medical bills and lost wages, as well as other damages.

To schedule a free consultation with a McHenry County, Illinois slip-and-fall accident lawyer, contact us today.