Some people think it’s funny when they see someone fall down. For many years, comedians have used physical comedy like slipping on a banana peel in their routines. A famous commercial even turned the statement, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up” into a punchline. However, in the real world, it is not a joking matter. Injuries may lead to high medical bills, insurance claims, and lawsuits. Understanding the law behind a “slip-and-fall” case can help you get the compensation you need.
Some Slip-and-Fall Numbers
Here are some interesting statistics about this type of accident:
- The leading cause for nonfatal emergency room visits is “unintentional falls.”
- More than 8 million people of all ages suffer injuries in unintentional falls.
- Nonfatal falls among older adults cost about $50 billion every year.
- The average claim for slip-and-fall injuries related to snow or ice is approximately $33,000.
How does a “slip-and-fall” case happen?
Common Causes and the Aftermath
Whether you are in a store, your workplace, or at home, the following problems may lead to a slip-and-fall case:
- Liquids spilled on the floor,
- Snow- or ice-covered sidewalks and parking lots,
- Cracked or broken flooring or sidewalks,
- Cracked or unstable stairs,
- Poor lighting, or
- Lack of safety precautions like handrails.
The following injuries are common when someone has fallen down:
- Soft tissue injuries like sprains, tendon tears, and ligament damage.
- Head injuries ranging from bumps to traumatic brain injuries.
- Cuts and scrapes.
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis.
- Broken bones that may require casts or surgery.
- Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
What can you do if you have been injured in a “slip-and-fall.”
The “Slip-and-Fall” Case and the Legal System
An injury received in a fall could be considered a ‘personal’ injury. Under Illinois laws, people damaged by someone else’s negligence or intentional act may have a claim against that person or company. In fact, personal injury lawsuits are one of the most common lawsuits that people file.
For example, Louisa slips on a wet floor in a restaurant. The manager and staff knew the floor was slippery but failed to warn their customers. Louisa suffers a concussion, ligament strains, and a broken wrist. She should talk to a lawyer about asking the restaurant to pay her medical bills and lost wages. If they refuse, Louisa and her attorney may file a lawsuit to force them to pay her damages and her attorneys’ fees. After all, the restaurant caused her injuries.
Your “Slip-and-Fall” Case Is Important
Here is the main point you can take away from this article: If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury.
At Osvaldo Rodriguez, PC, we have over 20 years’ experience helping clients with personal injury claims. Schedule a free initial consultation with Osvaldo Rodriguez, a lawyer who has dedicated his career to assisting people like you. Just call us at 708-716-3441 or fill out the Contact form on our website. We represent clients throughout the state of Illinois, including Chicago, Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, and all of Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, Dupage County, and Will County.
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