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Each Chicago slip and fall lawyer at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC believes those responsible for your severe slip and fall injuries must be held fully accountable when they disregard public safety concerns.

One of our Chicago slip and fall attorneys will fight for you if you suffer severe fall-related injuries due to another party’s negligence.

We are available at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation at your convenience. Even better, your Chicago slip & fall lawyer works on a contingency fee basis, which means we only charge a fee once we win a settlement for you.

a Chicago slip and fall lawyer can help people recover compensation for injuries

We’ve Handled Fall Cases Just Like Yours

Our experienced fall accident lawyers know the serious injuries that can occur in these slip-and-fall cases, from fractured bones to spinal cord injuries [1], and even death.

When you hire our slip and fall attorney, you can trust that you are hiring an experienced professional who knows how to negotiate a settlement for full and fair compensation for your injuries.

The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, know common tactics used by defendants and have handled many cases where the unsafe conditions on the property caused damages.

We also handled cases where the owners attempted to cover up the slip and fall accident scene to avoid responsibility. Our Chicago, IL, law office has access to medical professionals, accident reconstruction specialists, economists, and social workers.

Our law firm can connect you with resources critical to your physical recovery. We also rely on these same individuals to provide compelling testimony that establishes the value of your legal claim when seeking a slip-and-fall settlement.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall

A range of situations can cause personal injuries from slip and fall accidents, including if the property owner hired a contracted employee who caused the dangerous conditions. We commonly see serious injury cases in Chicago, IL, caused by slip and fall accidents on:

  • Snow and ice
  • Uneven floors
  • Wet floors
  • Stairway defects
  • Protruding objects
  • Property owner’s aggravation of the natural condition (such as piling snow on a sidewalk)

Our lawyers have seen it all, whether you slipped and were injured in a hotel, restaurant, shopping mall, airport, construction site, or nursing home. We have represented fall victims in incidents involving stairways, parking lots, and swimming pool decks.

fall injury demographics by age group

Have You Sustained an Injury After a Slip and Fall on Another Person’s Property?

Are you one of the millions who have experienced slipped and fall injuries? You may be entitled to seek compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. You want to hold the property owner accountable for their inability to provide a hazard-free environment for the benefit of public safety.

You know that it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain their grounds in a way that limits the likelihood of slips, falls, and other accidents, and they’ve failed to do that. More specifically, we have argued Chicago accident cases for clients in slip and fall accidents caused by:

  • Poorly maintained premises with worn carpets, extension cords, or debris cluttering the floor at a business
  • Cluttered construction work sites
  • Negligently maintained apartment building with poor lighting and defective stairways
  • Poor conditions in nursing homes, such as debris and water on floors
  • Store merchandise cluttering an aisle
  • Freshly mopped or waxed floors at a restaurant or grocery store without a ‘wet floor’ sign
  • Inadequate lighting in a hotel or apartment building

Our slip-and-fall injury lawyer will give your case the best chance of a favorable and fair settlement. The amount you could receive is based on a few different factors, including:

  • The extent of your injuries
  • The defendant’s insurance policy limits
  • All past, current, and future accident-related medical bills
  • Your pain and suffering

In addition, through our free injury case evaluation, we will advise you on the best way forward.

Most Common Slip and Fall Accident Injuries

According to the National Floor Safety Institute [2], a slip-and-fall accident can occur anywhere. If there are hazardous conditions on any public or private property, you could sustain serious injuries that could change your life at any time.

You may have sustained life-threatening injuries after falling and getting hurt on another person’s property, making it difficult to enjoy life as much as you did before the accident. After getting medical attention, you might have frequent doctor appointments and physical therapy sessions.

Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury (SCI) could result from a back or neck injury sustained during a fall. Victims that experienced injuries could experience paralysis or nerve damage that could change their lives.

A slip-and-fall case can consist of broken vertebrae, herniated and slipped discs, pinched nerves, and other painful/disabling conditions. SCI can cause various symptoms and effects, from discomfort and restricted mobility to complete or partial paralysis.

Even if some nerve damage gradually recovers, the person may experience lingering limb weakness, limiting their capacity to work.


The most frequent cause of concussions [3] is head contact with the ground. Even if the head does not make contact with a stationary object, the violent movement of your head might still result in a concussion.

While you recuperate, you might have frequent doctor appointments and physical therapy sessions.

Concussions typically cause headaches, confusion, a “foggy” feeling, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and nausea, among other symptoms. Consciousness loss is also possible.

Cuts and Lacerations

Falling could result in a severe cut with blood if you hit a sharp object or cement. You may need rapid first aid if you tear the skin and start bleeding.

If a doctor does not appropriately treat the cut, you risk developing an infection that will negatively impact your life.

Facial Injuries

Face injuries can happen if you fall and hit the ground or an object while you’re falling. It includes severe wounds, fractured jaws and teeth, broken noses, and eye injuries. Often, victims of fall situations will also experience facial injuries and concussions.

Chronic Pain

Acute or chronic pain from any of the injuries (or any other damage suffered in a fall event) can have crippling effects, even though it is not a distinct injury in and of itself. Many people injured in fall accidents suffer from chronic pain for years, if not decades. Many victims of this discomfort cannot work, enjoy life, or spend quality time with their families.

Broken Bones

Broken bones can easily be caused by the forces involved in a fall accident claim. While all accident victims can sustain breaks in any body part, the elderly are particularly prone to sustaining bone fractures after a fall.

The risk of severe consequences makes hip fractures [4] one of the riskiest types. Furthermore, long-term care and healing may also be necessary for fractured bones in the lower legs, arms, rib cage, shoulders, and collarbone region.

Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist Injuries

Attempting to brace yourself after a fall, almost everyone’s natural reaction can lead to wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries. As well as soft tissue and nerve damage, fractures are frequently sustained. Treatment requirements might range from RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) [5] to surgery and rehabilitation therapy, depending on the severity of the injury.

Head Injury

You might have sustained head injuries if you fell and hit your skull or face on the ground or the floor. It might involve a facial injury, brain injury, or concussion.

Life-changing brain traumas can leave the victim with problems, including memory loss and chronic headaches that endure for weeks or months. Many victims never fully recover.

Wins For Our Slip and Fall Clients Across Chicago, Cook County, Lake County, and Across Illinois

Below are some examples our slip and fall accident attorneys have won for people hurt on someone else’s property.

  • $166,200: Woman who fractured her arm while exiting her favorite restaurant when she tripped over a tangled doormat hazard.
  • $300,000: A slip and fall accident settled case involved a carpenter who injured his back and hip falling at a construction site over scattered debris.
  • $500,000: Recovery for an older man who suffered hip fractures after slipping on liquids on the floor of his nursing home. The facility was held responsible for damages.
  • $610,000: An accident report showed that a property owner was responsible for slip/fall damages after a tenant fell on broken stairs, requiring immediate medical attention.
  • $2,100,000: The slip/fall suit was settled during a mediation session for a woman harmed in an auto accident [6] in a Chicago parking lot. She suffered a fractured leg and hip, requiring extensive rehabilitation after the accident.

What to Expect from Your Slip and Fall Attorney

When you hire an attorney from our law firm, you can expect a close attorney-client relationship throughout your personal injury claim.

Your dedicated injury attorney will see you through the process of legal action to pursue compensation to recover damages, including:

  • Investigation: We will determine if you have a valid case by looking at the cause of why the fall occurred, the unsafe conditions, and who the responsible entity might be based on evidence and the accident report identifying someone else’s negligence.
  • Accident Injury Suit: We will file a premises liability case with the property owner’s liability insurance provider. The insurer will then send an adjuster who will begin investigating your accident, gathering evidence, and making an offer to settle the serious injury case.

Our experienced injury lawyers provide the insurance adjuster with copies of your medical records and medical bills related to your injuries. We also regularly provide them with reports from treating doctors so they can assess your personal injury claim.

  • Slip and Fall Civil Suit: If the at-fault party doesn’t agree to settle, our trial attorneys will assess the option of filing a lawsuit to recover compensation. We will guide you through legal options, pre-trial motions, and trials.

Helpful Information About Slip and Fall Accident Cases in Chicago

Our fall accident attorneys have gathered some helpful information for your convenience to give context to your slipping and falling accident case in Illinois.

  • The Burden of Proof: Illinois premises liability law [7] requires you to prove that the property or business owner did not take reasonable steps to provide a safe environment and had actual notice of a defective condition.
  • Insurance: Chicago owners with properties should have insurance for premises liability cases. Once a case is settled, this insurance company will directly pay the plaintiff on the business owner’s or private individual’s behalf.

These insurance companies know how to fight these cases and will try not to pay fall victims. The insurance company may challenge your credibility or the facts of the case, so having an experienced attorney can be beneficial.

  • Damages: If you have been injured due to an accident on another person’s property, you may be entitled to seek compensation for ongoing medical bills (hospital and emergency care room visits), the cost of future medical attention, lost wages, out-of-pocket legal expenses, and pain and suffering. Normally, non-economic damages double or triple a plaintiff’s out-of-pocket bills.

In addition to seeking compensation for past and future wage loss, the main goal of filing a slip and fall accident case is to obtain full reimbursement for your medical bills.

What Can I Recover in a Slip and Fall Suit?

In addition to seeking compensation for past and future wage loss, the main goal of filing an Illinois slip and fall injury case is to obtain full reimbursement for your medical costs.

Do you need surgery, rehabilitation services, or prescription medications, or suffered another injury, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) [8], after falling? Our Chicago slip and fall accident lawyer can help ensure your medical expenses are fully reimbursed.

In addition to your out-of-pocket medical expenses, you may be eligible for compensation if a Chicago business or homeowner is responsible for your slip and fall accident. Examples of these damages include:

  • Pain and suffering: Injuries from slipping and falling can cause intense pain long after the slipping and falling incident.
  • Loss of consortium: If you are married, losing your spouse’s companionship and emotional support damages these slip-and-fall accident claims.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life: A slip and fall can also cause victims to lose their ability to engage in activities they used to enjoy, such as shopping, playing sports, or going out with family and friends.

FAQs About Chicago Slip and Fall Accidents

Below are frequently asked questions about slipping and falling by clients who have suffered serious injuries in Chicago. If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident, contact us for a free case consultation with an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer.

Contact an attorney specializing in slip and fall accidents at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for information or immediate legal representation to seek maximum compensation.

How long do I have to file a Chicago slip and fall lawsuit?

Victims have two years to file accident injury lawsuits or take legal action after slipping and falling accidents in Illinois.

If victims overlook fall injuries, courts might award them more filing time. However, since slip and fall accidents are often traumatic and obvious, plaintiffs find it difficult to seek and obtain additional time.

Therefore, victims must file their premises liability suit within two years from the day when the accident occurred.

What do I need to prove to win a slip-and-fall claim in Illinois?

As the fall victim, plaintiffs must prove liability to win a premises liability claim involving slip, trip, and fall injuries in Illinois.

First, the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty that could be as simple as noting the property owner needed to keep the area safe. For example, outdoor slipping and falling accidents during winter weather could create liability problems if the owner or tenant fails to remove snow and ice promptly when visitors, workers, and others walk or drive on private property.

Second, the defendant could be held liable for their breach of duty, which could be established when the property owners fail to take corrective action to prevent injuries in their property when they are aware of the defective and dangerous condition.

What are a property owner’s common defenses in a Chicago slip-and-fall lawsuit?

The property owner (at-fault party) or their insurance company may defend a slip and fall claim by claiming you failed to keep a proper lookout to avoid falling and that they did not have sufficient ‘notice’ of the condition that caused your damages.

Local laws could bar you from compensation from a negligent property owner for slip and fall accident injuries if you are more than 50% responsible due to your own negligence.

Our negligence slip and fall attorneys know the defenses commonly raised by negligent parties in slip and fall accident injury claims. Understanding how injury cases are defended allows us to build a strong slip-and-fall case for you.

Call our Chicago personal injury law office today to arrange a free legal consultation to discuss how you can obtain compensation.

Can I file an Illinois workers’ compensation claim if I was hurt in a slip and fall at work?

If you suffered fall injuries while working, you can file a workers’ compensation claim [9] to recover benefits for your medical care and lost income. You also may be able to pursue a case with the owners if their negligent actions (the dangerous condition was left unchanged, and the property owner was aware) caused or contributed to your slipping and falling and an injury occurred.

Our fall accident attorney can assist you with your workers’ comp, slip, and fall claims. Contact our Chicago, Illinois, law group to schedule a free consultation.

Is a violation of the Chicago building code negligence in a trip and fall case?

Yes. Chicago, IL, building codes are designed to keep residents and visitors in a building safe. Improperly built staircases or stairs are a common cause of slips and falls, and building codes can help prove it. If you prove that the defendant violated a law, code, or regulation, it can be taken as evidence that the defendant was negligent.

Other building codes may also be crucial in proving negligence in a compensation case. For example, if an employee of the defendant was negligent in their job (such as not maintaining a sidewalk). In that case, it can be used to prove they were negligent, even if the damages involved were only soft tissue injuries.

17,000 people die yearly in slip and fall accidents

Meet with an Experienced Chicago Slip and Fall Attorney for a Free Case Evaluation

Our experienced slip and fall attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC proudly represent injured parties in personal injury claims across our practice areas in Illinois.

Contact us at (888) 424-5757 or use the contact form for a free case evaluation with an experienced Illinois fall accident lawyer. Slip and fall cases require unique expertise, so you want the right attorneys on your side.

We will address potential concerns or questions about your premises liability case and explain the options applicable to your situation.

We handle viable slip-and-fall accident cases on a contingency fee basis (no upfront legal fees). We only receive payment when your slip and fall lawyers successfully secure a recovery for you.

Resources: [1] WHO, [2] National Floor Safety Institute, [3] CDC, [4] NIH, [5] NIH, [6] NHTSA, [7] ILGA, [8] NIH, [9] US Department of Labor

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Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial.

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