Springfield Attorneys Representing Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents
Knowledgeable premises liability attorneys in central Illinois
A fall is the most common reason for an emergency room visit. A slip and fall often results in serious injuries, especially for older adults and especially if the victim falls on a bony part of the body, such as a knee. As more and more Americans are injured in a slip and fall accident, increased attention is directed to premises liability law. An owner has the duty to keep the premises safe, a duty which many overlook or ignore.
The first step in a successful slip and fall lawsuit is to reach out to an experienced attorney, such as an attorney at Londrigan Potter Randle P.C. LPR has a very successful, long-term track record in personal injury cases, having collected in excess of $75 million for clients during the last 20 years.
Owners owe a duty to visitors
In Illinois, an owner has a duty of ordinary care to keep the premises reasonably safe for any visitor. The duty varies with the relationship between the parties; an owner owes almost no duty to a trespasser, but a very high duty to a specific invitee.
Common causes of slip and fall accidents in Illinois
Many slip and falls can be directly linked to an owner’s negligent failure to maintain property. Some common conditions include:
- Cracked sidewalks. Whether the private owner or the city had the duty to keep the sidewalk safe depends on the amount of control the owner had over that portion of the sidewalk.
- Wet spots on floors. An owner may not have a duty to warn about an obvious wet spot on the floor, but many wet spots are “latent defects” that are hard to see, such as brown soda spilled on a brown floor.
- Loose steps. If the owner knows about a loose floorboard, loose railing or other deficiency and does nothing to correct the situation, the owner is usually responsible for any injury.
- Weather conditions. An owner obviously has no control over an ice storm, but an owner does have a duty to keep the sidewalk safe.
What are some damages that may be recovered?
In a negligence case, a successful plaintiff may recover money for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. The attorneys at Londrigan Potter Randle take these cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not owe any legal fees unless you recover money for your injury.
Contact the law firm making negligent property owners pay in the Champaign/Urbana area
The zealous attorneys at Londrigan Potter Randle know what it takes to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact Londrigan Potter Randle P.C. at 866.658.3248 or online to schedule your free consultation.