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Naperville Slip & Fall Injury Lawyer

Helping You Every Step of the Way

A slip and fall accident can be devastating, and the resulting injuries can be much more serious than it sounds at first. If it seems like nobody believes the extent of your injury, you may begin doubting if you have a case at all.

Do not disregard the seriousness of what happened to you. At Chute, O’Malley, Knobloch & Turcy, LLC, our highly skilled Naperville slip and fall injury lawyers have everything you need to fight for the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.

We can help you with any step of the legal process in your slip and fall case including:

  • Investigating the scene of the incident
  • Determining liability
  • Filing an insurance claim
  • Filing a personal injury lawsuit
  • Participating in mediation or arbitration
  • Going to trial

Contact us today to discuss all of your legal options with a Naperville attorney with experience in slip and fall cases.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can be caused by a variety of hazardous conditions, including:

  • Icy sidewalks
  • Snagged carpeting
  • Wet floors
  • Raised or broken pavement
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Cluttered walkways and stairwells
  • Unattended spills in stores
  • Potholes in roads

What Do You Need to Prove to Win a Slip and Fall Case in Illinois?

Slip and fall cases in Illinois are based on the concept of negligence. This means that in order for a property owner to be held liable, the victim must be able to prove that the incident was the property owner's fault. Property owners in Illinois have an obligation to take reasonable measures to prevent injury to visitors on their property. If they fail in this obligation, and this failure causes someone to be injured and sustain damages, the property owner can then be held financially responsible.

A plaintiff in an Illinois slip and fall case must be able to demonstrate:

  • The property owner failed to maintain the property,
  • The property owner created an unsafe condition that caused the injury, or
  • The property owner knew about the dangerous condition but did not provide adequate warning of its presence.

What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident

If you slip and fall at a store, a business, or another's property we recommend you take the followings steps to help protect yourself for a potential injury case.

  • If you feel a hint of an injury, seek out medical attention as quickly as possible. It is vital to a slip and fall injury claim to prove that your injury was indeed the result of the slip and fall.
  • Report your slip and fall to the store manager or owner of the property where the accident occurred as soon as you are able, ideally within 24 hours. Request that a written report is completed and request a copy. This should be completed by the store manager or business owner; do not fill out anything yourself.
  • Take pictures of the area where you fell. Were there any obstacles? Ice? Poor maintenance? Was the floor wet?
  • If there were any witnesses, write down statements from them, providing additional prove of the series of events leading to your injury.
  • Contact an experienced Naperville slip and fall injury lawyer that you can trust to handle your claim. Self-representation in these types of cases is not recommended.
  • Refrain from posting any details on social media as this can harm your chances of winning your case.

Illinois Slip and Fall Statute of Limitations

Slip and fall lawsuits in Illinois are subject to a two year legal time limit known as a "statute of limitations." In other words, if you have been injured in a fall on another person's property and believe the owner is responsible for your injuries, you have until the second anniversary of the incident to file a lawsuit against that person or business. If you attempt to file a claim after this deadline has expired, the state's court system will almost certainly refuse to hear your case and you will effectively be barred from recovering compensation.

While two years may seem like a long time at first, the reality is that you want to give yourself as much time as possible to file a lawsuit even if you believe your insurance claim will settle. For this reason, it is critical you get a knowledgeable attorney involved as soon as possible to guard your rights and give yourself enough time to build a strong case should litigation be necessary.

An Advocate Committed to Your Needs

The Naperville premises liability lawyers at Chute, O’Malley, Knobloch & Turcy, LLC have a history of fighting for the people who need it most. With years of experience in personal injury law, we have seen just about every type of personal injury case there is. Our trial-tested lawyers have recovered millions on behalf of injury victims.

We can fight your slip and fall accident case using all of our available resources and experience. We charge no fees unless we win your case, and always make ourselves accessible to clients.

You need an experienced personal injury attorney for your slip and fall case. Don’t wait until it is too late. Call us at (773) 906-4063 to set up your consultation appointment today. We have offices in both Naperville and Downtown Chicago.

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