In Illinois, anyone who owns or operates on a property has a duty to prevent any foreseeable hazards on that property. According to the Illinois Premises Liability Act, the owner or operator of the property must take reasonable care to ensure that guests and visitors can safely enjoy the use of that property, whether it’s a personal property or business. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and Illinois slip and falls cause thousands of injuries each year, ranging in severity from bruises and sprains to spinal injuries and even death. So, what are you supposed to do if you are the victim of a slip and fall?
Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall
You never expect to get hurt going about your routine shopping or while enjoying a movie, but unfortunately, slip and fall accidents are common in Illinois. Accidents can take you by surprise, but you should know what to do if you’re involved in a slip and fall.
Seek Medical Attention
First and foremost, you should seek medical assistance after a slip and fall. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries. Even if you don’t think you’re injured, you should never decline medical attention. In many accident cases, injuries can be delayed or not immediately apparent due to shock. A doctor or paramedic can assess your injuries and start you on the path to recovery, no matter how severe your injuries may be. Be sure to follow up on all accident-related care and make your health your top priority.
Notify the Facility
Your next step after a slip and fall is to notify whoever is in charge at the location of the accident. That could be a manager, worker, or property owner. Notifying them of the hazard will allow them to either clean up or put up signs to make others aware of the danger. If possible, file an accident report – especially if the accident occurred at a business – and ask for a copy for your own records.
Keep detailed records of everything that happens during and after a slip and fall. Take pictures of the location of the accident and keep them as evidence. Proving negligence can be difficult, and having documentation of the accident area can work in your favor. Photograph your own injuries or property damaged along with the clothing you were wearing at the time of the accident. Hold on to all receipts for doctor’s visits, damaged phone repairs, and any costs incurred due to the accident. The more evidence you have, the better.
Seek Legal Advice
While you can seek compensation for a slip and fall accident on your own, hiring an experienced attorney who is familiar with Illinois premises liability laws can increase your chances for a fair case. A personal injury lawyer can help you gather evidence, file paperwork, and advocate for you to receive the compensation you deserve. Every slip and fall case is different, but hiring an attorney can allow you to focus on healing from your injuries without the stress of handling a court case on your own.
Saperstein Law Group, P.C. has a record of successful slip and fall cases across the Chicagoland area. We’re a small firm ready to fight for you while navigating your unique case. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you after a slip and fall injury.