Slip & Falls

Personal Injury
Slip & Falls


Some slip and falls are minor and may leave only a bruise, if anything at all. Other falls can be severe, causing injuries such as broken bones or brain injuries. Sometimes a fall is something that is unavoidable, and other times, steps could have been taken to prevent the fall. If you slipped and fell due to the negligence of another party, it’s time to consult with a seasoned Joliet slip and fall attorney. You might be entitled to monetary compensation.


A Property Owner’s Duty 

The Illinois Premises Liability Act describes the duty that property owners have to those who are legally on the property.  Whether the person is on the property as a guest or to the benefit of the property owner, the owner must use the same standard of care. Anyone legally on the property should be able to enjoy it without hazards or exposure to improperly maintained areas.

Additionally, these people are entitled to know about any defects or hazards that may exist. This means the property owner must inform other individuals legally on the property about any dangers, and they should also take care of known hazards or those that could have reasonably been known.

When people enter the property illegally, they are trespassers. Under this Act, property owners do not owe any duty other than to refrain from any willful or careless conduct that could impact the well-being of the trespasser.

However, property owners need to know that this only applies to adult trespassers; it does not apply to children. A Joliet slip and fall lawyer can assist you in determining if the property owner failed their duty to you or your child.

Many factors can lead to slip and fall accidents including environmental conditions, trash or other debris, wet or uneven floors, hazardous stairs or ladders, and improper safety practices.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

More specifically, common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Uneven flooring, pavement, and other surfaces
  • Loose flooring, rugs or mats
  • The floor transitioning from one flooring material to another
  • Worn or warped stairs
  • Floors that have been recently waxed or polished
  • Not using adequate barriers to close off areas of wet flooring
  • Unsatisfactory lighting that makes seeing hazards difficult
  • Bright lights that cause a glare on shiny floors
  • Missing handrails
  • Lack of non-skid floor treatments when required
  • Debris caught in carpeting or rugs that catch on footwear
  • Waxed or polished stairs without non-skid surfaces
  • Spills that are not cleaned up
  • Potholes in business parking lots
  • Cords running across a walkway

Turn to a Skilled Joliet Slip and Fall Attorney 

If you or a loved one received an injury on property belonging to another party, you might be able to sue the owner for damages. It is imperative that you understand both your rights and the property owner’s rights before moving forward with a lawsuit. At Pinkston Law Group, P.C., we can help you understand your rights and your options if you were injured in a slip and fall accident. To schedule your slip and fall legal consultation with a seasoned Joliet slip and fall lawyer, contact us today.



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