Did you Slip & Fall on someone’s property?
A slip and fall injury can occur anywhere, from private property, retail stores, or on the job to public sidewalks and parking lots. The injuries sustained as a result of slip and fall accidents can be very serious and sometimes unrealized. It is important to immediately take the proper actions: first, ensuring your injuries are properly diagnosed and treated, and second, ensuring the party or parties responsible are proven to be negligent.
I Had A Trip And Fall Accident
What must be done to make a recovery for a trip and fall case?
Trip and fall injuries in apartments or houses are very common. If you have had a trip and fall accident at your apartment or someone else’s house, you may be able to make a legal recovery for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, simply because you are injured does not automatically mean you are entitled to a legal recovery. You must prove what caused you to fall and that the property owner was negligent. Here are a few examples of trip and fall cases which we have represented:
- Torn carpet
- Worn or defective stairs
- No stairway hand rails
- Rotten wood on porches
If the defect which caused you to fall is not as obvious as the examples above, contact us to discuss whether we can make you a recovery for what caused you to fall. This is not an exhaustive list and you should consult with McCready Law regarding any trip and fall. Another common condition which causes people to trip and fall are sidewalk and driveway cracks and defects. These types of cases are so common that we have written about them separately.
Investigation into trip and fall cases
It is very important to document what caused you to fall. Ideally, you should take photographs of the condition which caused you to trip and fall at a house or apartment. However, we realize that taking photos after you fall is probably the last thing you are worried about. McCready Law will send our investigators to photograph and document whatever caused you to trip and fall.
Oftentimes, we can discover a defect which you may not have realized caused your fall. This is important because you must prove that the property owner is responsible for the condition which caused you to fall. Additionally, there may be building code violations which contribute to your fall. A building code violation will strengthen your chances at recovery for your injury. After handling thousands of trip and fall cases, we have the experience to investigate and pursue your trip and fall case.
In trip and fall cases, it is important not to talk to the insurance company about what caused your fall or your injuries. The insurance company is not concerned about paying you for your injuries, but in saving money. They will often ask you questions in such a way which can hurt your case. When you hire McCready Law, we handle all aspects of your case. We help prove what caused your trip and fall and deal with the insurance company so that your rights are protected. To see how we can help or answer any questions you may have about a trip and fall case, please feel free to contact us.
To learn more about a trip and fall case, contact us for a free consultation.
McCready Law has the experience to handle trip and fall accident cases.
Fell On Sidewalk Or Driveway?
What must be done to make a recovery for a trip and fall case
Trip and fall injuries are very common. Sidewalks are often cracked or have broken concrete, which can result in a trip and fall. Some parking lots have more potholes than asphalt. However, just because you trip and fall does not mean you are automatically entitled to a recovery. In fact, trip and fall are some of the most difficult cases to prove. Whether on a city sidewalk, at a private home or in a store parking lot, it can make a difference where you trip and fall.
In order to make a legal recovery for a trip and fall on a cracked sidewalk, you must prove that the condition existed for such a period of time that the owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and did not repair the cracked sidewalk. This is not always easy to prove, especially when it comes to a sidewalk owned by the city or town.
What property owners must do to protect you from injury
Property owners must keep adjacent sidewalks, parking lots, driveways, and pedestrian ramps in proper repair, free of defects and trip and fall hazards. The law does not say precisely what is a trip and fall hazard, but a landowner must keep their property in a reasonably safe condition and be free from negligence. It is particularly important to keep areas where people walk reasonably safe.
What is reasonably safe in one location may not be reasonably safe in another. A parking lot at a busy store should not have large potholes which cause a tripping hazard, while the same size pothole may not be negligent in a private driveway. You should consult with a lawyer regarding the potential for bringing a case for your injuries in any trip and fall case.
Examples of trip and fall hazards
There are countless examples of defects which present the potential of causing someone to trip and fall. We have made recoveries for our clients under the following circumstances:
- Deviation of more than ½ inch between sidewalk slabs
- Potholes in parking lots
- Tree roots causing an uneven surface
- Improper sloping of driveways and sidewalks
- Bolts or other hardware protruding from the walkway
If the defect which caused you to fall is not as obvious as the examples above, contact us to discuss whether we can make you a recovery for what caused you to fall. This is not an exhaustive list and you should consult with McCready Law regarding any trip and fall.
Trip and fall cases can happen anywhere
Anywhere you walk, there is the potential of tripping and falling. The law does require you to watch where you are walking and it is a defense if the defect is considered open and obvious. Here are examples of places where McCready Law has been successful in making a recovery for our clients in trip and fall cases:
- Sidewalks on private property
- Potholes in parking lots
- Sidewalks at stores
- Sidewalks at restaurants
- City sidewalks
- Pedestrian ramps
When you hire McCready Law to represent you for your trip and fall accident, our lawyers and team of investigators will photograph and investigate the area which caused you to fall. If legally actionable, we vigorously pursue the responsible parties and make sure your interests are protected. Our job is to prove your legal case and make sure you receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us to discuss how we can help prove your case or if you have any questions about a trip and fall injury on a sidewalk, parking lot, or driveway.
I Slipped On Snow Or Ice
The law recognizes that in the winter, snow and ice are commonplace. If you slip and fall on naturally occurring snow or ice, there is no legal case. You must prove that the snow or ice which caused you to slip and fall was the result of an unnatural accumulation. When you fall, determining the cause of the slippery condition is the last thing you are concerned about. But from a legal perspective, it can make the difference between a recovery for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering and no recovery. Consulting with McCready Law following a slip and fall on snow and ice will help in making a recovery.
How we help our clients recover for their personal injuries
Here are a few of the ways we have proven that snow or ice was not naturally occurring and how we have made a recovery for our clients:
- Ice formed from a gutter or downspout
- Snow plowed, melted, and re-froze, causing ice
- Snow not shoveled properly
- Sidewalks not properly salted
These are just a few of the common ways we have proven the cause of the slippery condition which caused our client’s injuries. It is always important to obtain photos in a slip and fall on ice case. Ideally, photos of the actual icy condition which caused the fall are best. Let’s face it, after you slip and fall, you probably are not thinking about taking pictures of what has caused you to fall. In most cases, our investigators will go to the location and take photographs. Often we are able to determine what caused the condition even if it is not readily apparent to you.
Slip and fall on snow or ice can happen in many places
We have represented people throughout Chicago in slip and fall on snow and ice cases. Some of the locations where our clients have been injured include:
- Store parking lots
- Apartment buildings
- Stairs and landings
Each of these locations have unique challenges in order to prove a legal case. As you can guess, proving a slip and fall legal case can be difficult. For this reason, you should never give a statement to the insurance company about how the accident happened or your injuries. The job of an insurance company is not to pay claims, but to save money. Oftentimes, and insurance adjuster will ask questions in such a way that can hurt any chance you have to make a recovery.
When you hire McCready Law, our job is to make sure your legal rights are protected and prove your case. We handle all aspects of your case, including dealing with the insurance company. We will investigate your case in order to make a recovery for you. To see if we can help you or to discuss your slip and fall on ice or snow case, please contact us.
I Fell In A Grocery Store
Why are so many people hurt while shopping for groceries?
Slip and fall accidents in supermarkets are very common. There are many hazards particular to grocery stores. Slip and falls can occur in the following locations:
- Produce aisle
- Frozen food section
- Beverage department
- Checkout lane
- Refrigerated food section
- Meat/Seafood department
- Dry goods aisle
Each of these locations provides a different challenge for a personal injury lawyer to make a recovery for a slip and fall. What few people realize about a slip and fall in a grocery store or supermarket is that the store is not automatically responsible for your injuries. In order to make a legal recovery, you must prove that the store was negligent, or at fault, for causing your injury.
How to hold grocery stores responsible for your injuries
There are two primary ways to prove a store is negligent for causing a slip and fall. First, you can prove that the store created the condition which caused you to fall. If a store employee causes a condition which causes you to slip and fall and sustain injuries, the store will be legally liable to you. Some examples of cases which McCready Law has handled where employees of the store were responsible for the condition which caused our client to slip are as follows:
- Failure to place wet floor signs
- Leaking refrigerators
- Spilling produce while re-stocking
- Negligently stacking groceries on the shelves
The second way to prove a store is negligent is more difficult. You must prove that the store should have known of the dangerous condition and did not fix it. As stated earlier, a store is not automatically responsible if you slip and fall. For example, if a customer is pushing the cart and spills something and you come along ten seconds later and fall, the store is not responsible for that. The store cannot follow every customer and clean up after them.
However, if someone spills something from their cart and the store allows it to remain on the floor for a period of time without discovering it or cleaning it up, the store can be held legally liable. This is called notice. If the slippery substance which caused you to fall was on the floor for a long enough period of time that the grocery store should have discovered it and cleaned it up, they can be held legally responsible.
Here are several ways McCready Law has proven that a supermarket was responsible for our clients’ injuries because they should have known of the slippery condition and failed to clean it up:
- Footprints through the substance
- Shopping cart tracks through the substance
- Dried edges
What you should do if you are hurt at a grocery store or supermarket
As you can see, slip and fall accidents are not easy to prove. For this reason, you should never give a statement to the insurance company when you slip and fall. The insurance adjuster will ask you questions in such a way that it will hurt your chances of making a recovery for your injuries. You may not realize the questions will hurt your case, but the insurance adjuster for the store is only interested in saving money, not paying your claim.
When you hire McCready Law to represent you for your slip and fall accident, we handle all communication with the insurance company and make sure your interests are protected. Our job is to prove your legal case and make sure you receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us to discuss how we can help prove your case or if you have any questions about a slip and fall in a grocery store or supermarket.