When you walk onto someone else’s property, whether it’s a home, business, or public area, you expect the ground or floor to be free from hazards. However, property owners and managers are sometimes negligent in their responsibility to keep guests, patrons, and visitors safe.
Slip and fall accidents can cause victims to suffer serious injuries, including broken bones, muscle and ligament damage, and even spinal cord injuries. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve helped many people who were injured due to dangerous property conditions get compensation for their medical bills and lost wages.
If you were injured on someone else’s property, get in touch with our legal team today to find out how we can assist you. Just dial (800) 477-7315 or fill out a free online consultation form.
What Are Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
Slip and falls can occur at any time. But there are a few common causes of these types of accidents when they involve negligence:
- Wet surfaces
Spills, leaks, pooling rain water, and even melting snow and ice can cause walking surfaces to become slick and dangerous. Property owners and managers have a responsibility to prevent floors and walking paths from becoming wet and to immediately clean any excess liquid that could a pose a slip and fall hazard.
- Loose and uneven steps
Staircases result in many serious injuries every year—especially when they aren’t properly maintained. Loose floorboards can cause you to lose your balance, while uneven, cracked, or broken steps can result in a serious fall. When property owners fail to address or repair these problems, they can be considered negligent if someone gets hurt.
- Poorly-lit paths
Slip and fall accidents can happen on even and dry walkways if lighting is insufficient. Poor visibility can make it difficult for you to follow a pathway or traverse an outdoor area. It’s important for property owners to ensure that both indoor and outdoor areas where guests and patrons walk are well-lit with good visibility.
- Ripped or torn carpet and rugs
Carpets are used for their softness and insulation, but they can represent serious slip and fall hazards if they’re damaged, uneven, or not secured. Ripped or improperly installed carpet can become raised over time, creating a trip hazard, while unsecured rugs can slide, causing you to fall.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our slip and fall lawyers have helped many victims just like you after they were injured due to dangerous floors, pathways, and surfaces. No matter what caused your accident, we can investigate and build a strong claim on your behalf.
How Are Property Owners Held Responsible for Slip and Falls?
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident and decide to file a claim for compensation, your case will involve premises liability law. For your case to proceed, we’ll work to prove three things:
- The property was dangerous.
Whether your fall was caused by a slick floor, a broken step, or a loose rug, we’ll collect evidence that proves the walking surface was likely to cause a slip and fall accident.
- The property owner knew of—or should have known of—the risks.
Some slip and fall accidents occur due to unforeseen events. But in some cases, property owners are aware of potentially dangerous conditions and fail to take corrective steps to prevent accidents.
- The property owner failed to notify you of potential dangers.
When property owners become aware of potential slip and fall risks, they may not have the means to address them right away. However, it’s their responsibility to warn guests and patrons via signs, verbal warnings, or by closing off dangerous areas.
Our lawyers know Indiana and Illinois premises liability law, and we will collect and analyze a variety of evidence to hold the property owner responsible for your injuries, including surveillance camera footage, accident scene photographs, and witness statements.
Hurt in a Slip and Fall? We’re Here to Help.
After your slip and fall accident, you may be in severe pain and even dealing with disability or paralysis. The Indiana and Illinois slip and fall accident lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin know what you’re going through, and it’s our goal to help you focus on your recovery.
You should be focused on getting better—not worrying about filing a claim with the insurance company or filling out paperwork. Contact us at (800) 477-7315 or complete a free online form, risk-free. You don’t owe us a dime unless we get money for you.