When you go into a store, you don’t expect that you will slip on something and fall. You likely didn’t go into the store with the intent of getting hurt. Sadly, slipping and falling does happen at stores sometimes. In some cases, that slip and fall can lead to serious injuries. When you are injured in a slip and fall accident in Illinois, you have the right to seek compensation from the responsible party through the civil court system. If you are injured, you should know some basic information so you can proceed with your case with confidence.
One aspect of slip and fall claims that you should know about is that you have to be able to prove fault for the accident. This means being able to prove that you slipped on something that the responsible party should have cleaned up or should have warned you about. In some cases, the person responsible for your accident simply anticipating a dangerous condition is enough to prove fault.
There are many issues that can lead to a slip and fall accident. The most obvious one is liquid that was spilled on the floor. That, however, isn’t the only issue that can lead to this type of accident. Ice on a surface, potholes, cracks in the floor, narrow stairs, slippery entrances and poor lighting can all be causes of slip and fall accidents.
The place where you get hurt has some impact on how you can seek compensation. Knowing how to handle a specific case is something that takes considerable knowledge of the law, which can take time because of the complexities of the legal system.
Source: FindLaw, “Slip and Fall Accidents Overview” Sep. 04, 2014