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Most of us are familiar with the popular expression “stay grounded.” It means, basically, that you should be practical and reasonable. The phrase uses the image of the ground because it is solid, reliable, and steady. Sadly, sometimes the ground turns out to be much less dependable than we expect. Thousands of people are seriously injured by slip and fall accidents each year. When we think we have steady footing, a fall can have severe medical consequences.
Property owners, towns, and cities have a serious responsibility to keep their physical estates safe for visitors. This ethical obligation is also a legal one; premises liability law in Illinois specifies that owners can be held accountable if someone is hurt on their property. This principle extends to the very ground, or floors, we walk on. The slip and fall attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC understand that unsafe conditions can lead to terrible accidents. A hard fall can mean high medical bills, time lost working, physical pain, and intense levels of stress. Thankfully, victims of slip and fall accidents are legally entitled to financial compensation when a property owner’s negligence caused or contributed to their injury.
Unsuspecting victims have endured preventable falls on private property, in businesses, and around areas maintained by a town, city, or state. In many cases of slip and fall accidents, a property owner can be held legally responsible for the poor conditions that caused the incident. These owners are expected to take sensible measures to keep their floors, sidewalks, parking lots, and stairways safe for their visitors or clients.
If surfaces are not constructed properly, they may become dangerous. Of course, many of the dangers that cause slip and fall accidents are actually preventable. A few examples of those dangers include:
Any of these perilous conditions can cause irreparable damage to an innocent person. Children and older Americans are especially at risk of serious physical damage in the event of a fall.
If you or someone close to you has suffered from a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The experienced legal team at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can help you hold a negligent property owner accountable for their dangerous mistake. Call us at (312) 346-8620 to discuss your legal options with a dedicated professional.