Slip and Fall

Sherwood Law Group ("SLG") provides personal injury services for premises liability cases involving injuries that can include whiplash to fractured bones, ligament/muscular injuries, debilitating spinal injuries, disfigurement, mental trauma, and wrongful death. It is imperative that injured parties immediately seek counsel from an experienced attorney to preserve witnesses, evidence, and all legal rights.

Premises liability, or commonly referred to as “slip and fall” accidents, involve a person who suffers an injury because of a dangerous condition found on a property. This condition typically results from the negligent maintenance, operation, or design of the property. Premises liability claims are usually against the landowner and/or the maintenance company.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Cases

Premises Liability claims occur in many ways. The most common cases involve injuries resulting from the following: Snow and Ice
  1. Uneven floors
  2. Wet substances
  3. Stairway defects
  4. Misplaced objects
  5. Property owner’s aggravation of the natural condition
With many years of experience, our lawyers have seen it all—injuries occurring in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, airports, construction sites, or someone’s personal home. More specifically, we have argued accident cases for clients in slip and fall accidents caused by:
  1. Store merchandise cluttering an aisle at a major retail store
  2. Freshly mopped floors at a grocery store where a hazard cone wasn’t placed
  3. Water or other wet substance pooled on a floor
  4. Inadequate street lighting resulting in poor visibility of walking hazards
  5. Snow and ice accumulation in commercial and residential properties
  6. Water accumulation at ingress and egress entrance ways at commercial and residential properties
 From this experience with slip and fall accidents, you can rest assured that our lawyers will give your case the best chance of a favorable and fair settlement.

Landowner’s Responsibility

Unfortunately, even if an injury occurs on someone’s property, the owner of the property may not be responsible for damages. For the injured person to be successful in an action against a property owner, they must prove the following:
  1. There was a condition on the landowner’s property which caused an unreasonable risk of harm to invitees;
  2. The landowner knew, or in the exercise of ordinary care should have known that the condition of their property involved an unreasonable risk of harm to invitees; 
  3. The landowner should have anticipated that invitees would not discover or realize the danger, or would otherwise fail to protect themselves against it;
  4. The landowner was negligent;
  5. The plaintiff was actually injured; and
  6. The injury was in fact caused by the condition of the landowner’s property.
In Illinois, it is not necessary to prove that the landowner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition if it can be established that the dangerous condition was created by the defendant, its agents or their activities.

Wins For Our Slip and Fall Clients 

Sherwood Law Group attorneys have handled a variety of slip and fall cases, with injuries ranging from fractured bones to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even death. We are accustomed to the common strategies defendants use to deny liability for their unsafe property conditions.

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