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No one plans on being in a slip and fall accident, and they can happen nearly anywhere. When they do happen, injured individuals are forced to deal with the repercussions such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the inability to do things they once enjoyed. It may take several months or even years for their life to return to normal. In some slip and fall incidents, other parties are legally responsible for the injuries they indirectly cause. Knowing what and who caused your slip and fall accident can help you and your personal injury lawyer recover your damages. 

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

In general, property owners, whether it is your employer, a grocery store, or your neighbor, have a duty to keep the premises safe for those who come there. The degree of duty can vary depending on the circumstances and the type of property. Property owners need to be keenly aware of potential hazards. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Wet or uneven floor surfaces
    • Unsalted icy surfaces
    • Spills 
    • Potholes in business parking lots
    • Lack of non-skid floor treatments
    • Ripped or worn carpeting
    • Recently waxed floors
  • Environmental conditions
    • Debris or trash on the floor
    • Cords running across a walkway
    • Poor lighting
    • Cabinets and drawers that are open
  • Unsafe stairs or ladders
    • Lack of handrails
    • Broken stairs
    • Items on the stairs
    • Lack of non-skid surfaces on stairs
    • Not securing a ladder for use
  • Inadequate safety training and practices used by
    • Housekeepers and custodians
    • Factory workers
    • Construction industry workers
    • Chefs and other kitchen staff

Who is Liable for Your Injuries?

It is important to determine what caused your slip and fall, but finding out who was negligent in causing your injuries is also essential. When you meet with a personal injury attorney, they can help determine who is at fault for your slip and fall accident. If the property owner failed to correct a hazard or keep people away from a hazard that they had knowledge of or a reasonable person should have knowledge of, they can be held liable under Illinois personal injury laws.

If your slip and fall involved factors under your control, your compensation could be decreased. These factors include:

  • Walking while using your phone
  • Wearing improper footwear
  • You were on a part of the property where you were not allowed to be, or visitors were not expected to be
  • You ignored cornered or taped off areas that were dangerous

The defense in your case may use one or more of these factors against you to help reduce their liability and your compensation. When you work with an experienced personal injury lawyer, they can work to mitigate the defense’s impact on your recovery.

Recover Your Damages with a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney

You can attempt to deal with the property owner and their insurance company on your own and risk getting less for your injuries than you deserve. Or you can hire a personal injury lawyer from our firm who can provide you with reliable For your free no-obligation consultation, reach out to Malman Law. Call us at (312) 629-0099 or use our online contact form. 

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  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

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  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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