At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our attorneys understand the serious impact that a slip and fall accident can have on a victim’s life. The victim of a slip and fall can suffer painful injuries, face high medical bills for emergency and long-term treatment and be unable to work and earn income for an extended period.
However, if the accident resulted from the negligence of a property owner, a slip and fall victim may have legal options available to him or her. The victim may be eligible to pursue a legal claim that can result in payment of all medical expenses and compensation for the victim’s lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip, trip and fall in Chicago, Waukegan or elsewhere in Illinois, you can talk with a lawyer from Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. today and learn more about the options available to you.
We have obtained more than $975 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients in Chicagoland and throughout Illinois, including 210 cases with an award of $1 million or more. We would welcome the opportunity to review your case and discuss how we can help you. Contact us now to get started.
Coming to our website and learning more about your rights and options after a slip and fall is an important first step. Our attorneys suggest that you also take the following seven steps as you embark on your case:
You may be worried about your ability to afford an attorney to handle your slip and fall case. However, at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we will charge no legal fees or case costs unless we obtain a financial recovery for you. We don’t want cost concerns to keep you from getting the legal help you need.
We believe an attorney can play a crucial role in your case, especially when dealing with insurance companies. The reality is that the insurance companies will try to pay as little compensation as possible for the physical, emotional and financial harm you have suffered. An attorney will be focused on protecting you and your interests.
A Chicago premises liability lawyer at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. will:
A slip and fall accident is a type of premises liability case. It can be brought against any type of property owner or occupier, including a private homeowner, store or other business or a local, state or federal government.
To recover damages in an Illinois slip and fall claim, you generally must show:
As you consider whether you have the ability to bring a slip and fall claim, you will need to ask yourself several key questions, including:
Due to our cold winters, residents of Chicago, Waukegan and other parts of Illinois face the heightened risk of a fall-down accident due to icy and snowy sidewalks, parking lots, stairways and building entrances.
Generally, you cannot sue a property owner if your slip and fall was caused by the owner’s failure to remove a natural accumulation of snow and ice.
However, you may be able to recover damages if you can show that your slip-and-fall injuries resulted from:
If a property owner hired a contractor to clear and pile snow, that contractor could also be liable for any slip and fall injuries that you suffer.
The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have extensive experience with navigating the unique issues that arise in cases involving slip and falls on ice and snow. We can help you to overcome those issues as we seek relief for you.
Another unique type of slip-and-fall accident involves elderly residents in nursing homes in Chicago and other parts of Illinois.
These accidents can result in serious and potentially life-threatening injuries such as head and brain damage and hip fractures. Unfortunately, they are often caused by nursing home abuse and neglect, including:
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we work with with an on-staff legal nurse consultant and other experts who can help us with investigating and analyzing nursing home abuse and neglect cases, including those that involve falls.
A slip and fall accident can result in a wide range of serious injuries, including fractures, soft-tissue damage, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is important to work with a law firm that will seek maximum compensation for the harm you have suffered, including:
A property owner’s insurance company may try to put blame on you for your slip and fall accident. For instance, the insurer may claim that you tripped, slipped and fell due to an “open and obvious” hazard that you should have detected or did something else that was negligent.
In Illinois, you could be barred from recovering anything if you were more than 50 percent at fault for your injury. Otherwise, your damages would be reduced by an amount that is proportionate to the percentage of fault attributed to you.
It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible if you are injured in a slip and fall accident. An attorney must take steps right away to preserve evidence and begin the process of bringing a claim against the property owner.
A slip and fall claim, like other personal injury lawsuits in Illinois, must be filed within two years after an accident has occurred. This is called the statute of limitations. If you fail to meet that deadline, you could be barred from pursuing a claim.
If the property owner was a state or local government or an agency such as the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), you will have only one year to bring the claim and will also have to comply with certain other special requirements.
If you have been injured in a slip, trip and fall in Chicago, Waukegan or elsewhere in Illinois, contact our slip and fall lawyers at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. We will serve you with a highly dedicated team of legal professionals, medical experts and investigators. They will be committed to pursuing full and fair compensation for you. Reach us by phone or online and get started today with a free consultation.
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