Slip and Falls
Marion Slip and Fall Attorneys
While minor slip and fall accidents happen every day, there are times when such accidents can give rise to liability in negligence. Landowners, particularly businesses that invite customers onto their property, have a duty to keep their property free of dangerous conditions that can lead to injury. If they fail to meet this duty, and their oversight leads to an injury, they may find themselves liable for any damages caused by their failure to repair a dangerous condition or to adequately warn the public of the hazard.
If you have been injured from a slip and fall on another person’s property or at a place of business, and you believe that the injury was caused by the owner’s failure to maintain the property in a safe condition, contact the Carbondale slip and fall attorneys at the Prince Law Firm. With more than 20 years of experience advocating for personal injury victims, we have can effectively evaluate your case, and help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Injuries on Another’s Property Can Lead to a Claim for Damages
Slip and fall cases lie under a category of negligence law known as premises liability. These cases not only include falls on slippery surfaces due to the presence of substances such as oil, but can include injuries caused by similar hazards, such as:
- Falling into unguarded or uncovered holes or ditches;
- Tripping and falling from uneven pavement, carpets, mats, stairs, ramps, or other flooring surfaces;
- Tripping over protruding objects, such as wires or cables or in cluttered passageways;
- Falling due to defective stair or balcony rails;
- Being struck by falling objects or structures;
- Being hit by protruding objects or structures;
- Tripping over or running into objects due to inadequate lighting;
- Getting hurt by defective or broken furniture.
It is important to understand that not every injury on someone else’s property leads to liability. Liability will only be imposed where the owner or proprietor knew or should have known of the hazardous condition, and either took no steps or insufficient steps to protect others from harm, such as failing to post signs, make repairs, or cordon off an area. Further, if a landowner did not know of the hazard or had no reasonable way of finding out that it existed, he or she may not be liable.
Further, plaintiffs must also exercise reasonable care. For example, if a customer climbs up on a grocery store shelf to reach an item and the shelf collapses, he may find that he, not the proprietor of the store, bears responsibility for his own injury, since the customer should have realized that the shelf was not strong enough to support the weight of someone climbing on it.
Let Us Evaluate Your Slip and Fall Claim
Like many areas of negligence law, new cases are constantly arising in the field of premises liability that test the limits as to when a property owner may be held liable. In addition, there are often statutes that limit liability for certain conditions. For example, in Illinois, landowners do not owe the same duty of care to protect trespassers from harm as they do to customers. So, if a thief breaks into a store and trips over a box sitting in a store aisle, the store proprietor will generally be free from liability, so long as he or she did not intentionally cause the harm. In addition, Illinois law recognizes that, because snow and ice abound for many months of the year, there are limited circumstances under which landowners can be held liable when customers slip and fall on icy sidewalks or on floors slippery from melted snow.
Experienced Carbondale Personal Injury Lawyers
Because of these special statutes, and because new cases frequently change the state of the law, it is important to consult an attorney with experience handling Illinois premises liability cases to competently evaluate whether your case has merit. The Southern Illinois personal injury lawyers at the Prince Law Firm have over two decades of experience representing victims in negligence cases, including slip and fall cases. Set up your free case evaluation today by calling us at 618.997.2111 or by contacting us online. Your communications with us are confidential, and we never charge any fees unless and until we recover damages for you. We proudly serve clients in communities including Benton, Murphysboro (Jackson County), and Harrisburg (Saline County).