A slip and fall injury due to a property owner’s negligence can change your life forever. The sudden impact of your body striking a hard object can result in injuries that affect your health, your finances, and your career.
If you or a loved one accepted an invitation to visit a business, only to experience a slip and fall injury, you may be entitled to damages (“the sum of money the law imposes for a breach of some duty or violation of some right,” according to the Legal Information Institute (LII). A Springfield slip and fall injury lawyer can assist you with a personal injury claim and lawsuit.
At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, our skilled personal injury attorneys help accident victims fight for justice when they suffer harm due to no fault of their own. If your injuries were preventable had the property owner exercised care, you may have a case.
Establishing Liability for Your Slip and Fall Injury
Slip and fall injury cases involve premises liability. As an invitee to a store or other place of business, you assume the premises—the property—is free from harm.
The property owner has a responsibility to keep those invited to the property safe from known hazards. In order to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, an injury lawyer must prove the following about the property owner:
- They knew of the dangerous condition and did nothing to fix the situation.
- The dangerous condition existed for so long (or in such a way or in a specific location that) the property owner should have known about it.
- The dangerous condition occurred on a regular basis, making the danger foreseeable.
A roof that leaks every time it rains, creating a wet floor, is a known hazard. Negligence occurs when a property owner fails to repair or to replace the roof.
Other examples of hazards that can result in a slip and fall injury include:
- Wires or extension cords stretched across a floor
- Damaged stairs or stairs with no handrail
- Poorly maintained parking lots or sidewalks
- Torn carpeting or uneven floor tiles
If a property owner failed to invest in repairs or simply ignored known hazards, hold them accountable for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
How We Can Help You Pursue Compensation
After your slip and fall injury, several things happen at once—your medical bills begin and insurance companies start to contact you. The arrival of both as you deal with your injuries can create confusion and leave you feeling overwhelmed.
Let your Springfield slip and fall injury attorney handle assertive insurance companies while you focus on your rest and recovery. At The Kryder Law Group, LLC we can negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf. If we are unable to reach an agreement out of court, we are ready to go to trial.
An initial settlement amount from an insurance company is typically not a fair offer Additionally, if you accept their offer, you may lose your right to pursue civil action later should your medical condition worsen.
The types of compensation we typically pursue in a slip and fall case include:
From medical transport to hospital fees, these costs begin to accumulate the moment first responders tend to you. Depending upon the severity of your injuries, you may require ongoing medical care—expenses that are also a part of your possible compensation.
Missed Time from Work
The loss of income you experienced due to your recovery is another form of possible compensation. If your slip and fall injuries prevent you from returning to the same job as before the accident, your loss of potential future earnings is another possibility.
Pain and Suffering
A sudden slip and fall accident is a shock to your system. The physical pain, along with the mental anguish you experience are grounds for compensation.
If a slip and fall accident resulted in a serious injury for you and the accident was not your fault, reach out to a seasoned lawyer at our firm today.
Do Not Miss Your Chance for Pursuing Compensation
A civil case involving personal injury takes time, due to collecting evidence and filing court documents. Time is not on your side, however, due to the statute of limitations.
Illinois state law (735 ILCS 5/13-202) allows two years for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Twenty-four months is not a long time when it comes to collecting and reviewing evidence.
Should you miss the deadline for filing your case, you may be barred from pursuing compensation forever. This can leave you unable to afford the quality medical care you need.
The sooner you contact us, the earlier we can get started with building your case. Our team needs time to interview witnesses and to review other types of evidence associated with your case. Types of evidence often helpful in a slip and fall case include:
- Accident scene photos: Accident scene photos and/or video of what caused your fall
- Incident report: The police typically do not respond to a store or business for a fall, rather store management generally completes an incident report—something valuable to your case
Get Help from a Springfield Slip and Fall Injury Attorney
A slip and fall accident can result in a life-changing injury, like that of a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. The tragedy of such an event is that it was most likely preventable.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries due to a slip and fall injury, take the first step toward possible justice. A Springfield slip and fall injury lawyer from The Kryder Law Group, LLC can assist you by handling the legal details of your case.
The time for filing your personal injury lawsuit begins the moment you fall, making it imperative that you act quickly to contact us. For a free case evaluation, call now.