Chicago Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
All Chicago property owners, from landlords to store owners, have a responsibility to ensure that their premises are safe. Unfortunately, not all owners respond to hazards in a reasonable timeframe—leading to painful slip and fall accidents.
If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. In these situations, our Chicago slip and fall attorneys at Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC can help. We will advocate aggressively for your right to maximum recovery. Give us a call today at (312) 586-1700.
Why Choose Us
- Our firm represents people, not insurance companies or corporations. We are dedicated to obtaining justice and preventing future injuries due to property owner negligence.
- We have a proven track record of successful settlements and record-breaking verdicts, recovering over $400 million on behalf of our clients.
- Our attorneys bring decades of experience to our clients, ensuring that we have the knowledge, skills, and resources to advocate for your right to compensation.
What Is a Slip and Fall Accident?
A slip and fall accident occurs when you trip, slip or stumble over a hazard on someone’s property. These accidents can lead to severe, painful injuries, including spinal cord damage, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries.
Many hazards can contribute to a slip and fall, including the following:
- Failure to remove snow and ice
- Wet floors without hazard signs
- Protruding objects
- Holes and uneven ground
- Stairway and porch defects
How to Prove a Chicago Slip and Fall Claim
If a property owner knew or should have known about the hazard and failed to respond to it, you may have grounds to file a claim against him or her. In order to secure compensation in your lawsuit, you and your attorney will need to provide evidence to establish four key facts.
- The property owner owed you a duty of care. All owners owe a duty to maintain safe premises and respond to hazards.
- The property owner breached his or her duty of care through a negligent act or failure to act.
- The property owner’s breach of duty caused your accident.
- You sustained damages due to the property owner’s negligence that you can claim in your lawsuit.
Although you may slip and fall on someone’s property, the owner may claim that you do not have a right to make a claim. He or she may use any of the following defenses to convince the court or insurance company to deny or reduce your award.
- You were trespassing or in a part of the property that is not accessible to visitors.
- You were wearing inappropriate footwear.
- The owner could not have reasonably known about the hazard at the time of the accident and could not have responded to it.
- You were using your phone or otherwise distracted at the time of the accident.
- The owner took reasonable steps to warn you of the hazard, such as using cones and signs to mark off the area.
In these situations, you need an attorney to defend you against these accusations and provide evidence of the owner’s liability. The attorneys at Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC will conduct an extensive investigation into your claim, gathering evidence such as surveillance footage and witness testimony to craft a compelling case in your favor.
Contact a Chicago Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you are injured on someone else’s property, you could hold the owner accountable for your injuries. The attorneys at Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC can represent your claim and help you find your optimal path to recovery. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a Chicago slip and fall accident attorney.