In order to recover damages after a fall accident in Illinois, you will need to prove that someone else was legally responsible for your fall and resulting injury.
However, you don’t have to attempt to prove legal responsibility, or liability, on your own. Instead, you have the right to hire an experienced lawyer to help you get the recovery that you deserve.
Four Questions You Need to Answer to Determine Liability
Your slip and fall lawyer may ask you the following questions to determine what caused your fall and injury and, therefore, who is responsible for paying your damages. Those questions include:
- Why did you fall? You will need to prove that you fell because of a condition that the property owner knew or should have known was dangerous. If the property owner or manager knew or should’ve known of the condition and failed to fix it or warn you of it, then the property owner could be responsible for paying your damages. You will not be able to recover damages if you fell because of your own carelessness or because of circumstances that were beyond the control of the property owner.
- How did the condition that led to your fall occur? You need to know what caused the dangerous condition to be there. For example, a slippery floor could be caused by inadequate maintenance of the property, or it could be caused by falling snow.
- How long was condition like that? The longer the condition was in place, the more likely it is that the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and taken steps to fix it or warn you of the hazard.
- Were you hurt? You will need to prove that the fall caused you to suffer specific injuries which would not have happened but for the fall accident.
If you think someone else may have been liable for your fall injuries in Illinois, then you have the right to pursue damages in a slip and fall case. Please start a live chat with us now to learn more about how to pursue your fair recovery.