Frequently Asked Questions


Trip and fall injuries in apartments or houses are very common. If you have had a trip and fall accident at your apartment or someone else’s house, you may be able to make a legal recovery for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, simply because you are injured does not automatically mean you are entitled to a legal recovery. You must prove what caused you to fall and that the property owner was negligent. Here are a few examples of trip and fall cases which we have represented:

  •     Torn carpet
  •     Worn or defective stairs
  •     No stairway hand rails
  •     Rotten wood on porches

If the defect which caused you to fall is not as obvious as the examples above, contact us to discuss whether we can make you a recovery for what caused you to fall. This is not an exhaustive list and you should consult with McCready, Garcia & Leet regarding and any trip and fall. Another common condition which causes people to trip and fall are sidewalk and driveway cracks and defects. These types of cases are so common that we have written about them separately.

Slip and fall accidents in supermarkets are very common. There are many hazards particular to grocery stores. Slip and falls can occur in the following locations:

  •     Produce aisle
  •     Frozen food section
  •     Beverage department
  •     Check out
  •     Refrigerated food section
  •     Meat/Seafood department
  •     Dry goods aisle

Each of these locations provides a different challenge for a personal injury lawyer to make a recovery for a slip and fall. What few people realize about a slip and fall in a grocery store or supermarket is that the store is not automatically responsible for your injuries. In order to make a legal recovery, you must prove that the store was negligent, or at fault, for causing your injury.

 

How to hold grocery stores responsible for your injuries

There are two primary ways to prove a store is negligent for causing a slip and fall. First, you can prove that the store created the condition which caused you to fall. If a store employee causes a condition which causes you to slip and fall and sustain injuries, the store will be legally liable to you. Some examples of cases which McCready , Garcia & Leet have handled where employees of the store were responsible for the condition which caused our client to slip are as follows:

  •             Failure to place wet floor signs
  •             Leaking refrigerators
  •             Spilling produce while re-stocking
  •             Negligently stacking groceries on the shelves

The second way to prove a store is negligent is more difficult. You must prove that the store should have known of the dangerous condition and did not fix it. As stated earlier, a store is not automatically responsible if you slip and fall. For example, if a customer is pushing the cart and spills something and you come along ten seconds later and fall, the store is not responsible for that. The store cannot follow every customer and clean up after them. However, if someone spills something from their cart and the store allows it to remain on the floor for a period of time without discovering it or cleaning it up, the store can be held legally liable. This is called notice. If the slippery substance which caused you to fall was on the floor for a long enough period of time that the grocery store should have discovered it and cleaned it up, they can be held legally responsible. Here are several ways McCready , Garcia & Leet have proven that a supermarket was responsible for our clients’ injuries because they should have known of the slippery condition and failed to clean it up:

  •             Footprints through the substance
  •             Shopping cart tracks through the substance
  •             Dried edges

 

What you should do if you are hurt at a grocery store or supermarket

As you can see, slip and fall accidents are not easy to prove. For this reason, you should never give a statement to the insurance company when you slip and fall. The insurance adjuster will ask you questions in such a way that it will hurt your chances of making a recovery for your injuries. You may not realize the questions will hurt your case, but the insurance adjuster for the store is only interested in saving money, not paying your claim.

When you hire McCready , Garcia & Leet to represent you for your slip and fall accident, we handle all communication with the insurance company and make sure your interests are protected. Our job is to prove your legal case and make sure you receive [compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering]. Contact us to discuss how we can help prove your case or if you have any questions about a slip and fall in a grocery store or supermarket.

 

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Why are truck accident cases different than car accident cases?

Chicago truck accident cases are different for many reasons.A crash may be caused by an 18 wheeler truck, tractor trailer truck, dump truck, semi truck, freight truck or a delivery truck. Accidents involving trucks usually result in much more serious injuries than if caused by a passenger automobile because of the difference in size. A fully loaded truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds while the average car weighs around 3,000 pounds. Simple physics explains that a much heavier object will cause more damage to a lighter object.

 

Driving a truck is not the same as driving a car

There are also major differences between how trucks and cars operate. Maneuverability of a truck is often a contributing factor to a Chicago truck crash case. Trucks cannot change directions as quickly as a car, cannot make turns the same way a car can turn and have a much larger blind spot than cars.

 

Braking systems on trucks differ from cars

Trucks also have a different type of braking system which can cause a tractor trailer truck accident. Trucks have air brakes which control the braking of the tractor truck as well as the trailer. Air brakes can cause a truck to slide or jack-knife causing a truck accident. Finally, it takes much longer for a fully loaded truck to stop than it would a car. Even if a truck driver reacts to an emergency, it still takes the truck a longer time to stop than a car. Stopping distance often plays a role in Chicago truck accident cases.

McCready, Garcia & Leet has the experience to handle truck accident cases It is important to hire a law firm which is familiar with truck crash cases. Truck accident cases differ significantly from car accident cases. You need a law firm which recognizes this distinction. To learn more about your truck accident case, contact McCready, Garcia & Leet for a free no obligation consultation. We encourage you to interview several law firms before deciding on who you want to handle your case. Watch our videos, review our web site, talk to our lawyers and you’ll learn why our clients are so satisfied with our representation. To learn more about cases involving truck accidents, see the topics below.

Because Chicago truck accident cases are different than Chicago car accident cases, truck drivers are held to a higher standard. Truck drivers are highly regulated. Truck drivers are regulated because the potential for danger while driving a truck is so great. First, a truck driver must obtain a special drivers license called a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) if they carry over 16 passengers or haul over 26,000 lbs or transport any hazardous material. The driving test for a CDL is taken in the type of vehicle they will be driving. A commercial truck is any truck which is used to transport goods. Sometimes truck crashes are caused by drivers who do not possess the proper drivers license.

 

Not only truck drivers, but trucking companies are held to a higher standard.

Trucking companies who hire drivers are also held to a higher standard. When a trucking company hires a driver, they are supposed to perform a background check to ensure they are hiring safe drivers. Sometimes trucking companies do not perform these safety checks and allow bad drivers behind the wheel of dangerous trucks. Federal regulations require trucking companies to ensure only safe drivers are behind the wheel of their fleet of trucks. In all trucking cases, McCready, Garcia & Leet investigate not only the truck driver who caused the truck crash, but the company who hired the driver. We have uncovered trucking companies with a pattern of hiring unsafe drivers. In addition to representing our client to recover their [medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering], we believe our work helps make our highways safer.

 

Hire the best truck accident lawyer you can.

It is important to hire a law firm which is familiar with truck crash cases. Truck accident cases differ significantly from car accident cases. You need a law firm which will thoroughly investigate both the truck driver and the trucking company. To learn more about your truck accident case, contact McCready, Garcia & Leet for a free no obligation consultation. We encourage you to interview several law firms before deciding on who you want to handle your case. Watch our videos, review our web site, talk to our lawyers and you’ll learn why our clients are so satisfied with our representation. To learn more about cases involving truck accidents, see the topics below.

Insurance rates rise when an accident is your fault. An uninsured motorist case or hit and run case is not considered an at fault claim. In most states, your insurance premiums will go up if you cause an accident. This is considered an at fault accident. If you are hit by an uninsured motorist, the accident is not your fault. Because of this, making an uninsured motorist claim will not increase your insurance premium. Part of the insurance premium you pay goes to uninsured motorist coverage. You are paying for this coverage and you should use it if you are in an accident with an uninsured motorist or hit and run driver. It will not cause your insurance premium to go up.

Even your insurance company will not offer the full value of your claim to you Lets face it. You have paid your insurance premium, sometimes for decades, and you have never had a claim. You are in an accident which was not your fault, and now you have an uninsured motorist claim.
Many people believe the insurance company will treat them fairly because it is “their” insurance company. It’s not like making a liability claim against another insurance company, is it? You may be surprised to learn that insurance companies handle uninsured motorist claims the same way they handle liability claims.
The fact that you are one of their insureds makes no difference. The job of an insurance company is make money, not pay claims. An insurance company will try to keep the amount of money they pay on any claim as low as possible.
You still need a lawyer to represent your interests in an uninsured motorist claim. Simply because you are dealing with “your” insurance company in an uninsured motorist claim, does not mean your insurance company will open their checkbook and pay you fair compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies look for any way whatsoever to keep the amount of money paid on a claim low. This is why you still need a lawyer to protect your interests in an uninsured motorist case, even against your own insurance company. To discuss your case with an experienced uninsured motorist lawyer, contact us for a no obligation consultation.