According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2013 more than 2.5 million adults visited the emergency room for a slip-and-fall accident, and of those individuals, 734,000 were admitted to the emergency room. In fact, 25,500 people died in 2013 as a result of a slip-and-fall accident. These are staggering statistics, and they speak volumes about how serious these accidents can be. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a slip-and-fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents
These accidents can happen under a wide variety of circumstances. Here are a few:
- Floor or surface change
- Slippery floor
- Sticky floor
- Broken handrails
- Debris on the floor
- Snow and/or ice
- Uneven pavement
- Cracks in pavement
Liability is generally an issue with slip-and-fall cases, as usually there is an insurance company involved, and they can almost always find some necessary element in the facts to fight about. Documentation is extremely important, and having photographs, video footage, witnesses at the scene, or documented correspondence that demonstrates prior knowledge of a dangerous condition by a business or property owner can greatly strengthen a claimant’s position. Not all injuries result in a viable personal injury claim. An experienced attorney can give you an unbiased opinion on whether your claim is worth pursuing, and, if so, how to properly document and preserve the evidence.
There is a misconception among the general public about these types of cases; this belief is that if you walk onto somebody’s property, fall down, and get injured, you have a claim against the property owner. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Generally speaking, for liability against a business or property owner, the owner must have done something wrong or negligent that caused your injury. The form this wrong takes in a slip and fall case under common law is typically that the owner failed to warn or protect an individual lawfully on the premises from a dangerous condition that they knew of or should have known about. This applies to all Rockford, Machesney Park, and Loves Park liability cases.
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For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your slip-and-fall case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.