Slip-And-Fall Injuries: If You Were Injured, We Can Help You Pursue Compensation.
If you are injured on someone else’s property, you might think that the property owner will pay for your damages. However, unless you can prove negligence, the store is not likely to pay you anything. In other words, you may need some help from a skilled lawyer to make sure you prove that the property owner was negligent or otherwise failed to act.
At Holley, Rosen & Beard, LLC, our team of attorneys has over 50 years of combined experience handling a wide variety of premises liability claims and other legal issues. We offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about premises liability law and explain your options. From our law offices in Springfield, we represent slip-and-fall injury victims throughout central Illinois.
How Do I Know If The Property Owner Acted Negligently?
Property owners owe a duty to exercise reasonable care to protect the guests from the risk of harm caused by dangerous property conditions. Examples of dangerous property conditions include:
- A foreign substance on a floor, which causes you to slip-and-fall
- Missing handrails on a staircase or uneven steps, which cause you to trip
- Cracked or uneven surfaces
- A hole in the floor that causes you to fall
- Falling merchandise in a store
In Illinois, however, property owners are not responsible when the dangerous condition is open and obvious. “Open and obvious” means that an average person could discover the danger upon a casual inspection. It often takes a lawyer’s help to prove that a hazard was not open and obvious.
If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you should report the accident immediately and keep a copy of the accident report. However, you should never make a recorded statement without talking to a lawyer. It’s important for you or your lawyer to document the dangerous condition before the property owner has a chance to make repairs.
It’s for these and other reasons that it’s important to reach out, speak with us and begin building your claim as quickly as possible.