Slip and fall accidents are one of the quintessential personal injury claims. While many people think of the so-called “banana peel” case when they think of a slip and fall accident, slip and fall liability – or premises liability – actually applies to a number of different situations. The following are five little known facts about slip and fall accidents:
- Slip and falls among seniors now top the list as the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. According to a new study published earlier this year, falls among seniors have surpassed auto accidents as the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Researchers found that slip and fall accidents accounted for 41.5 percent of spinal cord injuries during the study period, followed by traffic crashes at 35.5 percent. Slip and fall-related spinal cord injuries also top the list for injuries among seniors, accounting for 30 percent of all injuries among seniors in 2009, compared to 23.6 percent in 2007.
- Premises liability applies to a number of accidents – not just slip and fall accidents. Under the theory of premises liability, property owners and managers can be liable for injuries that happen on their property as a result of their negligence. Premises liability can apply to injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents, but it may also apply to injuries sustained as a result of negligent security, a defective elevator, or contaminated food, for instance.
- If you slip and fall on private property, you may have a claim against the property owner if he or she created an unnatural accumulation of snow or ice. Under the theory of premises liability, property owners and managers are required to keep their property safe and free from hazards. The failure to do so can result in liability for any injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident on the property.
- You may have more than one legal claim against more than one defendant. For instance, if you were injured in an elevator accident while working, you be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits through your employer’s insurance carrier, in addition to a premises liability claim against the property owner (if different than your employer) and a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the elevator (if it was defectively manufactured).
- The time limits for filing a premises liability lawsuit following a slip and fall accident vary depending on circumstances of the accident. For instance, if you fell on the privately-owned property – such as a restaurant, retail store, hotel, or private home – you must file a claim within two years of the date of the accident. If, on the other hand, you fell on a publicly-owned property – such as a city park, a public school, a government building, or a city sidewalk – a premises liability lawsuit must be filed within one year of the accident.
Contact an Illinois Slip and Fall Lawyer
Issues of premises liability following a slip and fall accident are complex legal issues that are highly dependent on the particular facts of the accident and/or injury. The Chicago premises liability attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on complex accident and injury lawsuits, including those involving slip and fall accidents.
If you were injured in a slip and fall or other accident on someone else’s property, contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago premises liability attorneys.