If you or a loved one has been injured, you already know that getting hurt is no laughing matter. Serious injuries can happen at the most unexpected times and in the most unexpected ways. Most people need expert help to deal with the legal and medical issues necessary to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable! Each case and injury is different, so you need someone who knows the value of your case to be able to reach the best outcome.
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Question: If I slipped and fell in a store, because of something that spilled or was left behind by an employee, could the store be liable for my injuries?
Answer: In Illinois, a person who goes into a place of business for the benefit of the owner is considered an invitee. A business owner breaches its duty to an invitee who slips on a foreign substance if: (1) the substance was placed there by the negligence of the proprietor; (2) its servant knew of its presence; or (3) the substance was there a sufficient length of time so that, in the exercise of ordinary care, its presences should have been discovered, i.e., the proprietor had constructive notice of the substance. Pavlik, 323 Ill.App.3d at 1063, 257 Ill.Dec. 381, 753 N.E.2d 1007 (quoting Hayes v. Bailey, 80 Ill.App.3d 1027, 1030, 36 Ill.Dec. 124, 400 N.E.2d 544 (1980)); see also Olinger v. Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., 21 Ill.2d 469, 173 N.E.2d 443 (1961).
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