According to the World Health Organization (WHO), falls are the second most common cause of accidental injury deaths in the world. WHO also reports that more than 37 million falls each year are serious enough to require medical attention.
We’ve all tripped over something around the house or slipped on a patch of ice in the driveway. Although annoying and painful, the majority of these accidents are not life-threatening and result in nothing more than a couple of bumps and a bruised ego.
When a person falls in a store or business, however, serious injuries can occur. There have been many cases where a customer fell on a concrete floor or tripped over a broken piece of pavement in a parking lot, breaking a hip or sustaining a brain injury that requires expensive surgery, lengthy rehabilitation, and significant other costs. The most devastating cases result in permanent disability, diminished lifespan, and even death.
The law imposes specific duties on business owners to keep their property free from dangerous conditions and to remove hazards when they become aware of them. If you fell in a grocery store or other business open to the public, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.
Premises Liability Law Holds Business Owners Accountable for Injuries
Slip, trip, and fall cases are part of a specific area of negligence law known as premises liability. In Illinois, property owners who invite people onto their land for business purposes have a duty to keep their property free of hazardous conditions, remove these hazards when they learn about them, and refrain from creating hazards.
Premises liability covers a wide range of accidents, including:
- Falls on accumulated ice, snow, and water
- Trips over entryway and exit rugs
- Falls into ditches, potholes, and open spaces
- Falls caused by defective stair railings and balconies
- Accidents due to broken and uneven pavement or stairs
- Injuries caused by shifting and unstable merchandise on store shelves
- Falls due to loose or worn carpet and tile
- Trips over wires, cables, or debris
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Slip and fall cases might seem relatively straightforward, but this is a complex area of law that is constantly evolving. To obtain a successful result, you need attorneys with a long track record of taking on these cases and winning. Anesi Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd. has an impressive legal heritage that spans more than 55 years. Schedule your complimentary consultation today by calling (312) 779-6610.
This website has been prepared by Anesi Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd. for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.