Slipping and falling in a public place is embarrassing. Victims often blame themselves and attribute it to not paying attention or to their own clumsiness, but the fact is that it is often the reckless and negligent acts of others that are to blame. Medical issues resulting from slip and fall injuries can be lingering and potentially permanent, resulting in ongoing costs and making it difficult to work or provide for yourself. The following outlines the options available to help you get the compensation you need to recover.
Common Causes and Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Statistics from the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) indicate that as many as one million people seek care in hospital emergency rooms each year as the result of slip and fall injuries. These injuries commonly occur at public places such as in stores, restaurants, and public building, and are often the result of dangerous conditions, such as wet floors or uneven sidewalks and flooring materials. Injuries that can occur as the result of a slip and fall include:
- Muscle or tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
- Broken bones and cuts or lacerations;
- Back and neck injuries, such as herniated disks;
- Head injuries, including concussion and brain trauma.
When a slip and fall occurs, your first step should be to notify the property owner, manager, or a security guard immediately. Make sure that an incident report is filed, and get medical attention as soon as possible.
Holding Negligent Property Owners Accountable
In the aftermath of a slip and fall injury you may be contacted by an insurance company looking to settle your claim. It is important to realize that these companies have a financial motive for denying or downplaying claims, and it is important to speak with an experienced attorney before making any statements or signing any documents.
In addition to insurance claims, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Under the Illinois Compiled Statutes (735 ILCS 5/), those whose reckless or negligent acts result in injuries may be held legally liable for any damages that result. Negligence in premises liability cases usually involves the following:
- Proving a property owners knew or should have known of a dangerous condition but took no actions to correct it;
- Property owners who knew or should have known of dangerous conditions and failed to warn visitors or customers.
Our Premises Liability Attorneys Can Help You Today
If you have been injured as the result of a slip and falls, contact our premises liability attorney right away. At Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd, we provide the aggressive legal representation you need to hold negligent property owners accountable, so you can get the compensation you deserve. We serve Rockford and throughout Winnebago County; call or contact us online to request a free case consultation.