Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall

Illinios accident lawyer,  Illnois personal injury attorney,A slip and fall can happen anywhere. Whether on private property or in a business, a slip and fall caused by negligence can result in compensation for the injured party to cover medical expenses, suffering, or lost wages. Falls can result in a variety of injuries, and like a car accident, some injuries may not be obvious.

Negligence Explained: When it comes to a slip and fall, if the accident could have been prevented, a property or business owner may be negligent. They may not be aiming for someone to be injured, but it was their lack of action that makes them responsible. This may include wet floors or poor lighting. Even if a property owner was knowledgeable about the danger, they have a minimal obligation to post a warning or barrier. Negligence is a key factor in winning a slip and fall case.

After experiencing a slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may not know where to turn. It is important to act quickly for the statute of limitations in Illinois for slip and falls is only two years. Follow these guidelines for after experiencing a fall because of another’s negligence.

Seek Medical Attention: A slip and fall may produce serious injuries that may not be apparent right away, such as soft tissue and brain damage. Twenty percent of all falls result in a serious injury, so it is important to document all physical damages. Getting medical attention right away gives a timeline of your injuries, and creates less of a gap where the property owner can argue the injuries came from another incident. Getting proper care will allow proper healing and give you proof of your injuries during a slip and fall.

Collect Details: As with any accident, the more information you can produce for your case, the better. After your fall, take photographs of the surroundings and what caused the accident. For example, if a set of poorly maintained stairs caused you to fall, document the stairs and the damage. Your lawyer will help you identify what is important in your documentation. If the fall was in public, collect the contact information of any witnesses. These witnesses can attest to your version of events that led to the fall.

Contact an Orland Park Premises Liability Attorney

No one expects to slip and fall. After experiencing pain and suffering because of a property owner’s negligence, contact an experienced Orland Park personal injury attorney to advocate on your behalf for the compensation you deserve. Set up a free consultation by calling our office at 708-633-6005.


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