Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers in Romeoville, Schaumburg and Wilmette

One of the areas of personal injury law that the Makarone Law Firm specializes in, is slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents fall under a broader area known as premises liability. This type of accident can happen anywhere and during any time of the year, whether you’re in your own home or at a friend’s house, at your job, or while you’re out shopping. Slip and fall accidents can result in serious and even fatal injuries, especially for seniors and young children.

Our personal injury lawyers in Romeoville, Schaumburg and Wilmette understand how these types of accidents can adversely affect the injury victim. In addition to their pain and suffering, they could be facing high medical expenses while at the same time not being able to work and earn a living. But, if your injuries resulted from a property owner’s inaction or negligence, a Makarone Law Firm personal injury lawyer can explain your legal options to you and ensure that your legal interests and rights are protected during your case.

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Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

While winter ice and snow are often the culprits in a slip and fall accident, the weather is not the sole cause of these mishaps. Here are the 6 most common causes of slip and fall accidents in Romeoville , Schaumburg and Wilmette:

  • Improper footwear (accounts for 24% of all slip and fall accidents)
  • Lack of training in the workplace
  • Nursing home neglect
  • Uneven and wet surfaces (accounts 55% of all slip and fall accidents)
  • Weather conditions
  • Fraudulent slip and fall cases

That last cause may come as a surprise to many of you. However, the National Floor Safety Institute has researched the issue and their statistics reveal that 3% of all slip and fall accident cases involve fraudulent personal injury claims.

3 Factors that determine Liability

In order for a commercial or residential property owner to be legally liable for the injuries you’ve suffered in a slip and fall accident, one of these elements must be true:

  • The property owner caused the dangerous or hazardous condition
  • The property owner knew about the dangerous or hazardous condition but did nothing to correct it
  • The property owner should’ve been aware of the dangerous or hazardous condition because a reasonable property owner would have

Although the last one is the most common factor of the 3, it is less clear because of those troublesome words “should’ve been aware.” That is why trying to win damages on your own can be frustrating as you navigate the never-ending legal maze. Call on our lawyers and schedule an appointment to understand the legalities in your case better. For more information, call the Makarone Law Firm today.