Mary expected her trip to the grocery store to go as planned. She would pick up the supplies she needed to take care of her family, pay for them, and get them home. However, this trip ended in the emergency room when Mary fell hard on a floor covered with water from a malfunctioning freezer unit. As she tried to recover from her injuries – and missed several weeks of work – her husband suggested she contact an attorney. People injured in slip and fall cases like Mary’s are sometimes eligible for compensation for their injuries.
What are slip and fall cases?
They are a form of personal injury claim. In Mary’s case, she fell on a floor that the grocery store owner should have kept dry and safe to walk on. Slip and fall cases may happen due to:
- Poor lighting;
- Unsafe stairs;
- Torn carpeting, linoleum, or tile;
- Cracked or broken sidewalks;
- Spilled food or liquids;
- Potholes in the floor, sidewalk, or road;
- Lack of handrails;
- Weather-related hazards like rain, snow, or ice; or
- Any condition that makes it dangerous to walk around.
Slip and fall cases can arise when someone is injured because of an unsafe condition, whether the fall happens in a public place or someone’s home.
Can I sue someone if injured in a fall?
Yes, sometimes you can sue to receive compensation for your injuries. However, you will need to prove that someone was negligent. For example, in Mary’s case, the grocery store owner knew about the leaking freezer unit. He just didn’t fix it or place warning signs around the wet floor. By failing to act, he created a dangerous situation which, unfortunately, caused Mary’s severe injuries and loss of income.
The best way to find out if you have a claim is to talk to an experienced attorney.
How much compensation do people receive for slip and fall cases?
There’s simply no way to say exactly how much you might receive. Every case is different. However, if you were injured in a fall, discussing your case with a lawyer can help you decide whether to pursue your claim or not.
Slip and Fall Cases Involve Real People with Real Injuries
You may have heard people joke about slip and fall cases. Television shows sometimes portray them in a humorous way. But if you or a loved one has been injured, it’s no laughing matter.
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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