Slip & Fall / Premises Liability

One second you are standing up, the next you are on the ground. Slip and fall accidents can happen any number of ways–from tripping over a sidewalk crack or fold in the carpet to stumbling over a maintenance hose or hole in the ground. Regardless of the cause, slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries. Whether it is a sprained ankle, twisted back, broken wrist, or head injury, a slip and fall injury can affect all aspects of your life for many years to come.

Jerome Foreman & Associates, P.C., specializes in personal injury claims, including premises liability, throughout the Chicago Metro Area. We provide a highly personalized and attentive approach to the law that can only be found at a law firm with over 30 years of experience in helping injured plaintiffs get the compensation they deserve. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, feel free to contact us 312.475.9595 for an evaluation of your claim. The initial consultation is always free and we work on a contingency fee basis. That means if no recovery is made on your behalf, no attorney fees are collected. Our firm is dedicated to providing you the best in legal services with the personal, one-on-one commitment only found in a mid-size law firm.

The Specifics on Slip and Falls

In order to prevail in a slip and fall claim, the injured party must show the defendant–typically the property owner where the slip and fall injury occurred–acted in a negligent manner. To prove negligence, the defendant must be shown to have a duty to the injured party, that the duty was breached, that the breach caused the slip and fall, and that the slip and fall incident resulted in actual damages.

The majority of slip and fall cases are contested on the issue of standard of care, particularly as to what standard of care a property owner owes to people on their premises. When a person is on one’s property for the purpose of business and thus has the owner’s permission, they are considered a licensee. When licensees are involved, the property owner has the duty to:

  • Warn of all dangerous conditions known to the owner that create an unreasonable risk of harm and that the licensee is unlikely to discover; and
  • Exercise reasonable care in the conduct of ‘active operations’ on the property

When a person enters the property of another in response to an invitation, for example, entering a business, they are considered invitees. A property owner owes an invitee the same duty of care as is owed to the licensee, but has an additional duty to make reasonable inspections in order to discover non-obvious dangerous conditions and thereafter make them safe.

At Jerome Foreman & Associates, P.C., we share our knowledge of the legal process with you so that you can make informed decisions about your claim. We encourage our clients to be proactive. Our policy has, and will always be, ‘Client First’.