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Premises Liability Claims

What To Know About Your Slip And Fall

While some slip and fall instances only cause minor injuries, the reality is a slip and fall can cause debilitating and painful injuries. The motion involved in a slip and fall puts the entire neck and back at risk, potentially causing serious injuries to the nerves, muscles, and bones in the spinal column. These accidents can also cause brain injuries as the head comes into contact with the floor. Because of the potential for severe injuries, it’s absolutely necessary for commercial properties to keep floors free of any liquids that could cause a fall. Unfortunately, not all businesses exercise appropriate safety practices and accidents occur. But, slip and fall cases aren’t as simple as many people think. Here are a few things you need to know about premises liability cases.

Open and Obvious Conditions vs. Dangerous Conditions

In nearly all slip and fall cases, the negligent party will try to claim the condition that caused the accident was open and obvious rather than a dangerous condition. Under premises liability law, if the condition that caused the accident would have been open and obvious to a reasonable person, then the property owner is not liable for the resulting injuries. We all come across open and obvious conditions regularly and almost instinctively take action to avoid the conditions. For example, if you are walking through a grocery store parking lot in the winter, it’s likely you might spot some ice on the ground and walk around or step over the ice to avoid slipping.

However, many property owners and their insurance companies will try to use the “open and obvious” concept for conditions that are not really open and obvious. If a condition is not open and obvious to a reasonable person, then it is considered dangerous, and property owners can be held liable for injuries it causes. 

Comparative Fault in Illinois and Missouri 

In both Illinois and Missouri, comparative fault could play a large role in your slip and fall claim. Many property owners and their insurance companies will try to assign blame to the victim and courts can find victims to be partially at fault for their injuries. If a victim is found 20% responsible for their slip and fall accident, then the negligent party is only responsible for paying 80% of the victim’s total compensation. This is referred to as comparative fault. In Illinois, victims found over 50% at fault for their accidents cannot recover anything. Without an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side, the other party will try their best to assign as much fault to you as possible to limit their own payout.

Get Help With Your Slip And Fall Claim

At The Glisson Law Firm, we’ve helped many victims with slip and fall claims. We know the tactics the other side is going to use to try to get out of paying for your injuries, and we work aggressively to make sure you get the maximum amount of compensation. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Premises Liability Claims

Attractive Nuisance and Other Types of Premises Liability

Most people think premises liability cases are only slip and fall accidents. While slipping on a spill in a grocery store certainly is a type of premises liability accident, there are many other types of premises liability accidents to be aware of. Property owners have a responsibility to keep visitors reasonably safe from harm, and this goes far beyond cleaning up spills.

What Is An Attractive Nuisance?

One common type of premises liability claim involves an “attractive nuisance,” and it applies specifically to children. An attractive nuisance is an object on the property likely to attract children, which carries the risk of causing them injury. Property owners are responsible for protecting children from attractive nuisances. The most common type of attractive nuisance is a swimming pool (full or drained), but others include old buildings, farm equipment or machinery, wells, and even stairs. Really anything that could be attractive to children could be considered an attractive nuisance. The best way to protect children from an attractive nuisance is to move the nuisance out of view or put up a fence to keep children out.

Premises Liability Includes Security

Certain properties are at an increased risk for crime. Places like parking garages, nightclubs, and apartment complexes experience more crime because they contain a high concentration of people and valuable property. For owners of these buildings, keeping visitors safe from harm includes undertaking any necessary security measures, including the installation of outdoor lights and/or video cameras and employing security guards. If a property owner does not implement necessary security measures and a visitor gets assaulted, robbed, or otherwise harmed, the property owners can be held responsible.

Property Maintenance Accidents

Property maintenance is often the cause of premises liability incidents. Property owners are responsible for maintaining their properties so they do not present a danger to visitors. Balconies, railings, and even sidewalks can be incredibly dangerous if they are not properly maintained and kept up to code. Balconies and railings can fail, causing collapse and uneven or broken sidewalks can cause someone to trip and fall. Properly maintaining properties is particularly important for apartment complexes and condos.

Get Help With You Premises Liability Claims

If you have been hurt on someone else’s property, you likely have many questions. Premises liability claims can be complicated, so The Glisson Law Firm offers free consultations to help victims understand their legal rights. We can analyze your situation and help you pursue compensation. Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your premises liability claims.

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Everything You Need To Know About Premises Liability

Have you ever seen a spill in a grocery store or an uneven walkway in an apartment complex? These are dangerous conditions; and, while you might not think much of them, they can cause serious injuries. Slipping on a liquid could cause back injuries and tripping on uneven walkways could cause someone to hit their head. People often aren’t able to see these hazards until they’ve suffered an injury as a result of them. Many victims of these accidents are unaware that they can take legal action based on the legal concept of premises liability.

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is a legal concept that assigns responsibility to property owners to keep visitors reasonably safe from harm. When property owners neglect this responsibility, they can be held responsible by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Who Does Premises Liability Apply To?

If you own property, premises liability can apply to you. However, most cases of premises liability involved grocery stores, parking garages, apartment complexes, and other commercial buildings. While residential property owners are responsible for keeping visitors safe, commercial building owners and occupiers typically have a much larger number of visitors who visit the properties for a reason that financially benefits the occupants, heightening their legal duty.

What Is Duty of Care?

Property owners are expected to exercise reasonable care in the ownership and maintenance of their property with respect to anyone who might visit the property. This means if any dangerous conditions exist on the property, the property owner has to warn visitors of the dangers beforehand. Property owners can do this by providing warnings and posting the appropriate signs, among other things.

What Kind of Dangerous Conditions Fall Under Premises Liability?

Slip and fall cases account for some of the most common premises liability lawsuits; however, there are many other types of premises liability cases. For example, the owners and managers of structures like apartment complexes and parking garages are responsible for providing adequate security to protect visitors from crime. Also, construction sites are expected to post all appropriate warning signs because visitors could be injured by a variety of hazards like falling objects, live electrical wires, and dangerous chemicals, among others.

Experienced Premises Liability Lawyers

For victims of negligent property owners, hiring an experienced premises liability lawyer is the only way to ensure property owners are held accountable. The Glisson Law Firm has helped scores of victims of negligent property owners with their premises liability claims. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

theater chair from lawsuit where Edwardsville, Illinois Theater Sued Over Defective Step

Edwardsville, Illinois Theater Sued Over Defective Step

theater chair from lawsuit where  Edwardsville, Illinois Theater Sued Over Defective StepA local woman brought suit against Kerasotes Showplace Theater in Edwardsville, Illinois over a defective step. Interestingly, the entire trip and fall is on video. The movie goer walked down some steps in the middle of the movie to use the restroom. Between the upper and lower seats is a walkway. However, the walkway had about a 4 inch raise – for no apparent reason. It appears to be a design flaw. The woman fell straight to the ground when her foot struck the step, resulting in a signficant knee injury and surgery.

The defect is believed to be in every theater at the Edwardsville theater. Depositions have revealed that perhaps 10 or more people fell on the same or similar defect as Plaintiff. The “incident reports” produced in the lawsuit by Kerasotes indicate injuries have occurred to numerous victims and Kerasotes has yet to remedy the situation.

In trip and fall type cases, a Plaintiff must prove that the owner had knowledge of a dangerous condition. It is often difficult to prove a Defendant knew or should have known of a dangerous condition – they regularly deny knowledge of a defect. Here, Kerasotas acknowledges the situation via numerous reports, but has failed to make the condition safer for customers.

In addition to this case, the law firm of WWF&G handles numerous lawsuits similar to the one at hand, and in fact, has a second case involving this theater. If you were injured by a defect at a business (i.e. McDonalds, Gas Stations, Restaurants, Parking Lots, Department Stores), please call us for a free consultation at 618-462-1077.

janitor cart from Slip And Fall Lawsuit Involving Hardee's In Breese, Illinois Set For Trial

Slip And Fall Lawsuit Involving Hardee’s In Breese, Illinois Set For Trial

janitor cart from Slip And Fall Lawsuit Involving Hardee's In Breese, Illinois Set For TrialClinton County, Illinois – A case against Hansen Foods Inc. (a franchisee of Hardee’s), brought by an injured customer has been set for trial on March 8, 2010. The man, an 85 year old veteran of WWII and the Korean War, was walking into Hardee’s at 1:00 p.m. with a friend in 2007. At that time, an employee had mopped the floors but failed to use a dry mop as required by Hardee’s written guidelines.

The man slipped and fell on the wet floor, causing him to fall and fracture his femur, which resulted in a hip surgery, and additional related surgeries and treatment. There is a dispute as to whether or not wet floor signs were set out, and whether or not they were placed properly. There is no dispute that the floor was wet and caused the fall of the customer.

Business owners have a duty to maintain their property in a safe condition and be free of negligence. If businesses are going to choose to mop during business hours, they need to warn customers of the same, and dry the area as quickly as possible. Here, the customer alleges Hansen Foods could have easily dried the area with a dry mop, but instead chose to let it dry on its own and left the area unattended. Moreover, depositions of the parties revealed that the employee was using soap, which is against Hardee’s mopping guidelines in effect at the time of the incident for day mopping.

The trial is expected to last 2-3 days, and will include expert testimony, physicians and testimony from all parties.

The lawsuit was brought by Michael P. Glisson, of the law firm of WWF&G of Alton, Illinois. The firm aggressively represents victims of injuries related to negligence of businesses owners, including restaurants, gas stations, retail establishments, rental properties and many other businesses. If you or a friend have been injured, please do not hesitate to contact the law firm of WWF&G at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-567-8030.  *All attorneys are licensed in Illinois and Missouri, and can be admitted to all states for individual cases.

Slip-and-Fall Causes Serious Brain Injury in Eureka Missouri Child

Last Saturday, five-year-old Ava Karpowecz was on her way to gymnastics when she slipped on a patch of ice in her driveway. Hearing her child’s cries, her mother came over and discovered Ava had hit her head on the pavement. Beyond being shaken, their child seemed to be fine, though they opted not to go on to gymnastics class. However, as the night went on the Karpoweczes grew nervous after Ava would complain about pain and began vomitting. They consulted doctors who told the parents to give her Tylenol and wake her intermittently and check for confusion.

Sunday afternoon, Ava woke from a nap screaming in pain. Her mother rushed her to St. Anthony’s Medical Center. Upon arrival, doctors noticed the child vomiting and originally diagnosed her as having the flu. However, because of her fall the previous day, they ordered a CT scan to be certain. The results of the scan sent the medical team into swift action. The fall had caused an epidural hematoma- a blood clot between the skull and the membrane covering the brain. Injuries such as these can take hours to manifest themselves through symptoms, however, once the injury occurs, it becomes a race against the clock. Ava was immediately airlifted to Cardinal Glennon for emergency surgery.

Several days later, it seems Ava will make a full recovery. While these occur more frequently with the elderly, a slip-and-fall can lead to serious injuries among people of all ages. While random accidents such as Ava’s occur, other times these falls are caused by negligence. If you or a friend have been injured due to a slip-and-fall, please do not hesitate to contact the law firm of WWF&G at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-567-8030 for a free consultation.

Wet Floor Sign from Suit Filed Over Slip and Fall at Glen Carbon Illinois Lowe's

Suit Filed Over Slip and Fall at Glen Carbon Illinois Lowe’s

Wet Floor Sign from Suit Filed Over Slip and Fall at Glen Carbon Illinois Lowe'sLast week a Granite City Illinois man filed a lawsuit after allegedly tripping over a hose while shopping in Lowe’s garden center. Gerald Mangiarcino and his wife Donna filed the suit claiming that the slip and fall resulted in injuries that disrupted his daily life, causing disability and a loss of wages. His wife claims that she lost her husbands love, support, affection and companionship.

The fall occurred while the couple was shopping almost four years ago. They claim an employee left the hose out and had allowed water to accumulate on the walkway- just one of several acts of negligence they are filing against Lowe’s. In addition, they claim failure to mark the hose or barricade the walkway, and allowing the hose and water to remain on the walkway for an unreasonable time period. Together, the couple is seeking a judgment of at least $100,000.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are 27.7 million hospital visits per year caused by unintentional injuries, including things like slip and falls. Even small falls can lead to serious and potentially fatal injuries.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a slip-and-fall, please do not hesitate to contact the law firm of WWF&G at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-567-8030 for a free consultation. Our firm handles a significant amount of slip and fall cases, including cases against Lowe’s, fast food restaurants, casinos, retail stores and other businesses that have a duty to exercise ordinary care to protect their customers. Our firm recently settled a case against Hardee’s just before trial for $250,000, a case against a negligent landlord, also for $250,000.00, and a case against a lawfirm for $300,000.00.

Illinois Pontiac Dealer Sued After Slip-and-Fall

James Kirby, a Millstadt resident, was shopping for a car on July 10, 2008 when he slipped on an unidentified substance. Kirby claims the dealership, Bob Brockland Pontiac Buick GMA, failed to alert customers to the spill. On March 3, 2010, he filed a suit claiming negligence on the part of the dealership.

Kirby claimed his daily life had been adversely affected because of his fall. He cited injuries in his knee among injuries that left him disabled, causing him to lost wages and incur medical costs.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are 27.7 million hospital visits per year caused by unintentional injuries, including things like slip and falls. Any fall, especially for the elderly, can lead to serious and potentially fatal injuries.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a slip-and-fall, please do not hesitate to contact the law firm of WWF&G at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-4620-1077 for a free consultation.

Slip and fall suit against Edwardsville Target

An Edwardsville woman has filed suit against the Target Corporation claiming she sustained injuries after slipping and falling in the Edwardsville Target retail store.

The suit states that “as the Plaintiff was moving from the carpeted to the non-carpeted surface, her foot slid on the carpeting and onto the adjacent area, causing Plaintiff to fall to the floor.” Her complaint seeks a judgment of more than $50,000.

Slips, trips and falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths and are second only to car accidents.

The law firm of WWF&G has represented numerous victims of slip and fall accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, please call us for a free consultation at 1-800-WWFGLAW.

Maryville Illinois Escalator from Slip and Fall Lawsuit in Alton Square

Maryville Illinois Woman Falls on Faulty Escalator at Alton Square Mall

Maryville Illinois Escalator from Slip and Fall Lawsuit in Alton SquareA woman from Maryville, Illinois who fell on an Alton Square Mall escalator is filing a slip and fall lawsuit against Schindler Escalator Company.

The accident, which occurred in January 2010, was a result of an elevator in the JC Penney department store in Alton Square Mall coming to a sudden stop, causing the plaintiff to fall and become injured. Treating the injury has resulted in steep medical bills from the ambulance ride, hospital bills, radiology reports and a chiropractor. The injuries have also caused the plaintiff mental anguish and a loss of quality of life.

The plaintiff is represented by Michael P. Glisson, an attorney with the Alton-based law firm WWF&G, which specializes in personal injury cases. Glisson has pledged to make a recovery on his client’s behalf.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 2.2 million accidental falls by older adults led to emergency treatment in 2009. Falls cause a high percent of all traumatic brain injuries and the majority of bone fractures among older adults.

The attorneys at Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson offer free consultations concerning slip and fall injury cases. As personal injury suit specialists, the WWF&G attorneys have a firm grasp on which cases have potential and which are frivolous.

Many clients contact our office and believe they have a case just by the very fact that they fell at someone’s property or business. This is not true. There must be negligence (failure to act as a reasonable person) on the part of the owner.

Neglect by property owners can lead to permanent injuries to people of all walks of life, including the elderly, children and disabled. Oftentimes property owners can remedy the situation inexpensively, but do not until a serious accident occurs. Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for innocent victims in premises liability situations.

Please contact us today. We’re ready to hear your story.