Tuesday 15, Sep, 2015

What Do You Need to Prove in a Slip and Fall Injury Claim?

A Knowledgeable Chicago Injury Attorney Describes

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident and need to prove that another party was responsible, you must be able to demonstrate one of the following:

  • The owner of the property (or an employee) should have realized there were dangerous conditions and should have removed or repaired the hazard, but did not. In this situation, you must show a “reasonable” person would have been able to point to the condition as being hazardous and prove he or she had plenty of chances to resolve the situation before the accident occurred.
  • The owner of the property (or any employee) caused the hazard leading to the accident (perhaps by leaving an obstacle in the way of walkers, for example) and should have been able to foresee that someone could slip and fall due to the condition.

The term “reasonable” comes up often when a person is attempting to prove negligence, as it acts as a standard for property owners to meet. Anyone who owns property is expected to keep it reasonably safe for the use of other people who have expressed or implied permission to use that property.

Examples of ways you could show a property owner failed to meet those reasonable standards include:

  • The property owner failed to post warning signs about potentially hazardous conditions despite having knowledge of these conditions.
  • The property owner did not shovel the sidewalk or put down ice within 24 hours of a snowstorm.
  • The property owner did not put lighting up in darker areas, making it more likely for a person to slip or be the victim of a violent crime.

For further information and guidance on what you need to prove after a slip and fall accident, consult an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer at Arami Law Call us at (312) 212-1397 or contact us online today.

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