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Chicago Slip and Fall Lawyer

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Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. Restaurants, stores, and other places open to the public are expected to maintain a safe environment for their customers and visitors, but this rule isn’t always followed. Carelessness and irresponsible property care can have severe consequences and injure visitors. If you’ve had a slip and fall accident due to hazardous conditions, you may be eligible for financial compensation.

Michael J. Brennan is a personal injury attorney with over 35 years of experience helping victims of slip and fall accidents recover damages. Our team knows that a bad fall can lead to significant health issues. You may be facing medical bills, inability to work, and other expenses. Contacting an experienced slip and fall attorney can make the difference in your case. With our no pay, until you win policy, you know that our priority is you. Call today for a free consultation and take the first step towards peace of mind.

What is Slip & Fall?

If unsafe conditions led you to slip, fall, and injure yourself, you have had a slip and fall accident. Slip and fall accidents can occur on sidewalks, inside stores and restaurants, and on private property. Property owners have a responsibility to maintain safe conditions for their visitors, but many causes of slip and falls seem minor. Spilled water, slippery floors, and improperly stacked merchandise can all contribute to a slip and fall accident—with serious consequences for you. Some falls are minor, leading to nothing more than a bump or some embarrassment. Other falls can lead to significant injury, such as spinal damage, head injuries, broken bones, or pulled muscles. These injuries may have significant recovery costs or prevent you from working. If you can show that the property owner failed in his or her obligation to maintain a safe environment, you may be eligible for financial compensation.

FAQ: What Causes Slip & Fall Accidents? 

Damages And Injuries After a Slip & Fall Accident?

No one should have to go into debt to recover from a bad accident, but emergency medical costs, loss of work, and other expenses can leave you feeling trapped. Hiring a qualified slip and fall lawyer can help you recover some or all of these costs. Under Illinois’s comparative fault law, so long as you are not 50% or more responsible for the accident, you can file for financial compensation. An attorney will put together a claim for you, demanding payment for your damages. Damages may include medical costs, future medical costs, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages. Most property owners will have an insurance policy to help pay out these costs, and our team can help you maximize your claim to protect your livelihood.

You may not think a simple fall could get you financial compensation but slip and fall cases range from mild to severe. Injuries associated with bad falls are a leading cause of death among older Americans. Head injuries and spinal injuries may be ‘invisible’ to the naked eye but can severely impact your quality of life and ability to work. Physical therapy and long-term medications can also be expensive or prevent you from working. It is a property owner’s responsibility to maintain a safe environment for visitors, and you should not have to pay for the owner’s negligence.

What to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident

How Can an Attorney Help Me After A Slip & Fall Injury?

Hiring an attorney is vital not only for filing a claim but also for arguing your case. Slip and fall accidents can be difficult to argue, and insurance companies will not hesitate to undermine your claim to avoid payment. An experienced slip and fall attorney can make the difference between full payment and medical debt. We will build your case from the ground up to prove both liability and damages so that you can receive maximum compensation. Your attorney will immediately get in touch with other involved parties, from witnesses to healthcare professionals, and start strengthening your claim. If the insurance company will not negotiate a fair settlement, we will help you exercise your right to sue. Michael J. Brennan is highly experienced in slip and fall cases. He knows all the tricks insurance companies may use to deny your claim. Our team will use proven negotiation tactics to protect your claim, and we won’t hesitate to fight for your rights in court.

What Are Complications of a Slip & Fall Injury?

Slip and fall cases can be quite difficult to prove. The first thing your lawyer will determine is a liability, or responsibility for the accident. In some cases, an accident that occurs on someone else’s property may not be the property owner’s fault. If the victim was trespassing or in a location that is not open to the public, this can impact liability. Private property cases require you to prove that there was a reasonable expectation that visitors could be injured, and the question of fault can be unclear. However, an experienced lawyer knows how to argue complicated cases and what steps can be taken to ensure that you are compensated. Attractive nuisances, faulty locks, and a lack of signs and displays can all contribute to liability. If the victim who suffered the accident is a child or dependent adult, we can help you argue on their behalf.

Thanks to Illinois’ comparative fault law, you can still receive compensation even if you were partially responsible. However, to receive compensation for an accident, you must prove negligence on the part of the property owner. Because slip and fall accidents involve human error, it can be difficult to prove pure fault on the part of the property owner. Victim carelessness, and reasonable wear and tear can prevent you from being compensated for an accident. Your attorney can help you prove that the property owner should have taken action that would have prevented your accident. If you are unsure whether you have grounds for a claim, call today for a free consultation. Our team can help you evaluate your options.

What Are The Steps to Take After a Slip & Fall Injury?

Seek Medical Care

If you have been injured, it is critical that you seek medical care. A medical professional can verify that your injuries were a result of your accident. Without record of an injury, you will not be able to seek compensation. Doctor and ER visits are a record that an injury occurred and will help your attorney build your case.

Report Your Accident

Let the property owner or manager know that you have had an accident. If police were called or an accident report has been filed, request a copy of the report.

Collect Evidence

To prove that the property owner created unsafe conditions, you may need photographic evidence. Document the scene by taking photos of the cause of your accident, the layout of the store, and other contributing factors. The more detail in a photograph, the simpler it will be to argue your case. Take photographs of any injuries you may have sustained and consider gathering witness testimony and contact information.

Contact a Slip and Fall Attorney

Slip and Fall accidents can be complicated to argue. Insurance companies will try to decrease your claim or dismiss your case entirely. Small details can derail a case if you lack legal experience. A qualified accident lawyer can help you assess your damages and build a case for liability.

Why Attorney Michael J. Brennan?

Michael has over 35 years of experience representing slip and fall cases in Chicago. In the past four years, our firm has recovered over $10 million in damages for personal injury cases. We know that the right ways to help your recovery is to keep you informed, so we respond to calls and emails within a 24-hour period. Slip and fall accidents can cause severe injuries depending on the cause of the fall and your health. You shouldn’t have to face your recovery alone. With Michael J. Brennan as your attorney, your case is in experienced hands. Michael is aggressive in court and compassionate with clients. He won’t hesitate to take your case to trial if the insurance company tries to decrease your compensation. With an offices in downtown Chicago, are team is nearby and available to answer your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions About Slip & Fall Injuries

What if I don’t win my case?

Michael J. Brennan Injury and Accident Lawyer operates on a “No fee until you win” policy. We truly believe in fighting for the justice our clients deserve.

Will I have to go to a trial?

Our team will use proven negotiation tactics to try to get a settlement out of court. However, if you are not being compensated fairly, we will help you exercise your right to bring a suit against the liable parties.

What if no law was broken?

Personal Injury cases fall under civil law. Unlike criminal law, civil law does not require that a law be broken to determine liability.

What are the different types of damages?

Medical expenses and future medical expenses cover the costs of recovery, including emergency care in the aftermath of the accident, long-term care (such as physical therapy, medications, and live-in recovery aid), planned medical procedures for recovery, and even travel to and from your healthcare provider. If you find yourself unable to work or being forced to accept a lower salary as a result of your accident, loss of earnings and diminished earning capacity will account for these losses. Pain and suffering accounts for the emotional and psychological pain of the accident. Punitive damages may also be imposed by the court if the party at fault was particularly negligent or reckless. When building your claim, we will account for all of these costs and losses in our estimate.

Who pays for Slip and Fall damages?

In nearly all cases, the property owner’s insurance will cover slip and fall.

Contact Michael J. Brennan

If you or a loved one has suffered from a slip and fall accident, we can help. Michael J. Brennan has decades of experience arguing slip and fall cases in and around Chicago. Our team can help you argue your case and protect your financial security. Insurance companies may try to fight your claim or underpay you. Michael J. Brennan is a Chicago slip and fall lawyer who has a proven record of recovering maximum compensation for our clients. Call today for a free evaluation of your case. You shouldn’t have to face recovery alone. With our legal team by your side, you will have responsive, experienced support every step of the way. Don’t let someone else’s negligence take away your peace of mind. With Michael J. Brennan, your fight is our fight.

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