By Illinois law, business establishments including office complexes, restaurants, bars, schools, and factories are required to provide a safe environment for employees, patrons and customers. Also, property owners including homeowners can be held legally liable if individuals are invited onto their property, and they fail to take reasonable measures to protect visitors from harm. The premises liability attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many clients who have suffered harm on someone else’s property including a dog bite, slip and fall accident, drowning, broken stairwell incident, or assault from a lack of security on the property.
If someone you love is the victim of the slip and fall accident, the dire consequences of the event can result in spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, lacerations and other serious problems. If the negligence of another was the cause, you are likely entitled to receive financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the property owner’s insurance policy.
Which Parties are at Fault for Slip and Fall?
A slip and fall injury can occur when an individual is not paying attention. However, most of these accidents are the result of an unsafe condition or dangerous area on a public or private property that had corrective action been taken; the incident could have been prevented. Illinois law requires landlords and property owners to exercise their duty of care to ensure the property is reasonably safe at all times. Any failure to act promptly to eliminate a hazard makes the property owner liable for any accident or event that leads to injuries or death.
However, determining which parties are responsible for slip and fall can be challenging. Our attorneys working on your behalf will gather pertinent evidence to prove in a court of law how someone other than you (the victim) is responsible for providing a safe environment did not take appropriate measures. Our law firm we use our in-house investigators to gather evidence that includes:
- Videos and photographs of the hazardous condition on the premises,
- Photographs and documented evidence of injuries associated with the fall,
- Incident reports documented by the property owner, law enforcement and others,
- A comprehensive review of your medical records by doctors to diagnose your condition and recommended treatment,
- A collection of eyewitness accounts that can be used as evidentiary testimony should the case go to trial,
- Dramatic evidence that proves how the property owner or landlord had notice of the dangerous condition.
Our law firm has years of experience in representing clients who have been involved in slip and fall incidences. Our team of dedicated legal professionals has successfully navigated complicated cases just like yours. Many of our cases resolved for maximum financial compensation involved:
- Slippery, wet floors
- Poor lighting
- Exposed electrical cords and wires
- Cluttered sidewalks, stairsteps, and walkways
- Broken handrails and steps
- Missing warning signs that must be posted as required by law
How Much is my Case Worth?
Before our attorneys can determine the exact worth of your case, our law firm needs to consider the unique circumstances and nuances of your compensation claim. To calculate the value of your case, we will need to:
- Determine if the property owner took reasonable precautions to prevent or repair the hazard.
- Determine if you were invited on the property for social reasons, to conduct business, as a consumer or visitor, or because you were illegally trespassing.
- Determine if your actions irresponsibly contributed to the event that caused your harm.
- Determine if that hazardous condition or unsafe environment led you to fall in a way that any other alert, sober individual with average intelligence would have also fallen.
- Determine if your injuries are severe and merit filing a financial compensation claim.
If the victim is a child, there are special nuances to the law that allows his or her family to file a claim for compensation if the youngster was on the grounds illegally and was injured or died from the condition of the property. The law of “attractive nuisance” states of the property owner should have been taken special precaution to prevent young children from entering the property without supervision.
Also, our attorneys will review your evidence and medical records to determine the severity of your injuries and whether any complications have led to a temporary or permanent disability. Our legal team uses proven methods to calculate the valuation of your case to account for your past, current and any future medical bills, the cost of therapy, rehabilitation and surgeries, and wages lost from your time away from work.
Our legal team will also work on your behalf to ensure you receive monetary recovery for your non-tangible damages that include pain, suffering, emotional trauma, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of living, and mental anguish. If the action of the defendants was egregious and your injuries are severe, a judge might allow our attorneys to argue for punitive damages on your behalf. Punitive recovery is used to compensate the victim for horrific harm to punish the defendants in the hopes that they will not repeat their actions in the future and harm others.
About Chicago’s Riverdale Neighborhood
The Riverdale community consists of four different neighborhoods including Altgeld Gardens, Eden Green, Golden Gate and Riverdale which is bordered from 115th St. to 138th St. and the Bishop Ford Freeway to the Illinois Central Railroad. The area was first established in 1837 by David Perriam, a settler who claimed the area now known as Wildwood. Fifteen years later, the Illinois Central Railroad Station was constructed on 115th St.
The Chicago Housing Authority constructed low-cost housing in the area beginning in 1945 to accommodate the residential shortage created by veterans who were returning from Europe and the Pacific after World War II. Eight years later, the Chicago Regional Port District opened the St. Lawrence Seaway to accommodate deep water shipping transport that required moving the Port of Chicago from the Navy Pier to Lake Calumet.
According to the 2010 federal census, more than 13,500 reside in the Riverdale neighborhood of Chicago. The area of Chicago’s Riverdale neighborhood totals more than 3.7 square miles and the community is divided into the first and second congressional districts and is known to the 54th ward.
Riverdale Neighborhood Contact Information
Ward 9 Alderman Anthony Beale
34 East 112th Place
Chicago, IL 60628
Ward 6 Alderman Roderick Sawyer
700 E. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60619
Ward 8 Alderman Michelle A. Harris
8539 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60619
Ward 21 Alderman Howard Brookins Jr.
9011 S. Ashland, Unit B
Chicago, IL 60620
Ward 34 Alderman Carrie M. Austin
507 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60628
Village of Riverdale
157 W. 144th St.
Riverdale, IL 60827
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
300 S. Wacker Drive
Riverdale Chamber of Commerce
208 W. 144th Street
Riverdale, Illinois 60827
Contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC Today
Call the premises liability at injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Let us evaluate your legal options on how we can obtain maximum compensation for your slip and fall injury. Schedule your appointment at (888) 424-5757 or fill in the online intake form now. Our law firm provides a free, no-obligation case consultation to discuss the merits of your claim. Let us work on your behalf to hold every party at fault for your injuries financially and legally accountable.
We accept all personal injury cases and wrongful death lawsuits through contingency fee agreements. This arrangement allows us to provide immediate legal services without the need of you paying an upfront fee. We receive our payment only after we have secured your monetary recovery through a negotiated out of court settlement or by a jury trial award.