Slip, Trip, or Fall
While often brushed off as a minor event (outside of embarrassment), slip, trip and fall accidents can result in serious or life-changing injuries. Chicago Injury Lawyer John Joyce understands that the full scope and reality of an injury may not be seen or felt right away, but experienced over hours or days as symptoms worsen. The slip and fall attorneys at J.P. Joyce & Associates aggressively fight to secure your rights.
Common serious injuries can include:
- Closed Head injuries (concussion/bleed)
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Back pain and/or spine fractures
- Leg or arm fractures
- Internal bleeding
- Facial Lacerations
It’s vital that an injured person seek medical help as soon as possible to determine the extent of an injury. We also recommend that you contact a personal injury attorney to protect your rights, as well as to secure evidence of the scene.
Special Care Needed for Seniors
It’s estimated that as many as one-third of adults over the age of 65 will experience a fall, and that risk is greater for those confined to a skilled nursing home. Sadly, many of the falls involving our aging and frail within a facility can and should be prevented. Far too many falls are claimed to be “expected, or common to the aging” when negligence or poor/substandard care is often the cause. Our experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers should be contacted immediately if a fall has occurred within a nursing home facility or assisted living environment.
Cell Phone Cameras
It’s important to obtain photos of the site of a slip, trip or fall accident – at the time of injury if possible — before evidence degrades (ice melts), or the scene is otherwise cleared, such as temporary obstructions to the pathway that contributed to the fall.
Photos should be captured regardless of minor injuries (or no injury perceived at the time), as serious injury can reveal itself in the hours or days that follow.
Obtaining photos of the site immediately is easier today due to the use of cell phone cameras and can be extremely helpful to your case.
Premises Liability – Slip and Fall
Generally considered ‘premises liability’, an injured party can receive compensation for an injury if a property owner or custodian party has been negligent in reasonable maintenance, repair or general upkeep at the site of the accident.
Negligence can include unsafe conditions created by the actions of a property owner, permanent or temporary, as well as dangerous or hazardous conditions known by the property owner, but ignored or not properly corrected. Property owners can also be held liable for failures to alert visitors to dangerous conditions.
Snow and Ice – Slip and Fall
Dangerous conditions caused by the accumulation of snow or ice is common to Illinois. While natural accumulation may not be grounds for compensation, man-made obstruction or abnormal conditions due to unnatural causes in a particular location may be. This might be the case with improper snow removal in a parking lot, or the unnatural formation of ice due to a leak or break in a water line.
A leaky roof or broken down spout, for example, can cause an unnatural accumulation of ice to occur. Previous knowledge of such can be grounds for negligence on the part of the property owner or property management firm.
Construction Zones – Trip and Fall
Construction workers are also legally obligated to warn site visitors of any hazardous conditions, and may, in some cases, be held liable for an injury despite such warning.
What Can You Recover?
An injured party can recover the costs of current and future medical bills, lost wages from time off work, pain and suffering, disfigurement, emotional distress or permanent disability as a result of the property owner’s negligence.
In addition to photos of the injury site and surrounding area, it’s important to gather additional information, including:
- Owners full name and contact information if different from the tenet or landlord.
- General Manager/Superintendent of Construction Company/site
- A copy of any incident report completed
- Witnesses name and contact information
- Property Site Management Firm
- Name of Retail Manager on duty
- A copy of any incident report completed
- Management Company (if different) responsible for maintenance and safety of store area/parking area, public pathways
- Name and contact information of any witness or individual(s) who assisted you
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a Slip, Trip or Fall, protect your rights by calling one of our Chicago Injury Lawyers at (773) 789-7899.