Hamilton & Antonsen
Slip & Fall Attorney, Joliet, Illinois
Illinois Slip and Fall Lawyer Representing Injured Plaintiffs in Joliet and Throughout Will County
If you recently were injured in a slip and fall accident at a local business or on the property of another person, you may be eligible to file a premises liability lawsuit. Slips and falls can result in devastating injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and broken bones. For older adults in particular, a slip and fall accident can be permanently debilitating. It is important to hold the property owner accountable, and one of the Joliet slip and fall lawyers at our firm can speak with you today about your options for seeking financial compensation.
What is a Slip and Fall Accident?
A slip and fall accident claim is a premises liability lawsuit. In premises liability, the law recognizes that property owners—or people in control of property, such as managers or renters—have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure that other people on that property are not at risk of a serious injury due to a hazard. If there is a hazard on the property that cannot be handled immediately, property owners have a duty to warn others about the risk on the premises. If a property owner does not eradicate unreasonable dangers or warn about them, that property owner can be liable for injuries in a slip and fall accident in Will County.
Slips and falls can happen almost anywhere and at any time. Common examples of slip, trip, and fall accidents include but are not limited to:
- Liquid spill at a grocery store or restaurant causes a slip and fall;
- Broken handrail on a staircase causes a slip and fall;
- Cluttered walkway leads to a trip and fall incident;
- Poorly lit outdoor walkway results in a slip and fall accident on uneven concrete; or
- Rug without anti-slip padding leads to a slip and fall on slick flooring.
Liability in a Joliet Slip and Fall
Who is liable for a slip and fall accident? Anyone who owns or is otherwise in control of property could be at fault for a slip, trip, or fall. Examples of parties who are frequently at fault in premises liability claims include but are not limited to the following:
- Restaurant owners;
- Retail store owners or managers;
- Hotels or motels;
- Neighbors; and
- Friends or family members.
Slips and falls can occur at businesses, but they can also happen at the home of someone you know.
How Much Time do I Have to File a Slip and Fall Claim in Will County?
If you are planning to file a slip and fall lawsuit, Will County law requires most injured plaintiffs to file a lawsuit within two years from the date of the slip and fall accident. Failure to file a lawsuit within this two-year window will result in a time-barred claim.
It is important to remember that it may be difficult to preserve evidence in your case and to get the proof you need to win your claim if you wait too long to file. Therefore, it is imperative to contact a Will County injury attorney immediately. Moreover, the sooner you get started on your case, the faster you may be eligible to obtain financial compensation.