At CCAL, our Chicago slip and fall lawyers understand the serious impact that these incidents can have on a person's life. The victim of a slip and fall can suffer minor injuries, and severe injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, broken bones, soft tissue injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Also, they can face high medical bills for emergency and long-term medical care and the inability to work and earn income for an extended period of time.
However, if your slip-and-fall accident resulted from negligent property owners, you may have many legal options available. The victim can file an accident claim to recover all medical expenses and maximum compensation to cover their lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other financial damages.
If you or a loved one has sustained a bodily injury in a slip, trip, and fall accident in Chicago, or elsewhere in Illinois, you can talk with an experienced lawyer from CCAL, today and learn more about the legal options available to you.
At CCAL, we have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients throughout Illinois, and we can help you recover fair compensation, too. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact our slip-and-fall accident attorneys today at (312) 300-2515.
What are the Common Causes of Slip and Fall Cases?
Physical injuries from slip and fall crashes can be caused by a range of dangerous conditions, including:
- Snow and ice
- Inadequate lighting
- Uneven floors
- Protruding objects
- Slippery flooring caused by an employee mopping or spilling, and not warning customers
- Worn or buckling carpet or floor mats
- Loose cords
- Defective flooring
- Broken stairs and handrails
- Pavement defects
Whether you have been injured in an apartment building, hotel, shopping mall, restaurant, airport, construction site, or nursing home, our personal injury lawyers have seen it all. Among the slip and fall accident cases we see often are incidents involving parking lots, stairways, and swimming pool decks.
Also, grocery store fall crashes are incredibly common, and each accident lawyer in our law office has represented slip and fall victims injured in accidents at large and reputable chain stores such as Target, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, and Costco.
Where do Slip and Fall Incidents Occur?
Slip and fall crashes can occur anywhere. They can happen at a friend's home, at the movies, the grocery store, the shopping mall, in a parking lot, and even in the workplace. Where your slip and fall accident occurs changes, the way your accident case is processed because larger corporations, for instance, often have much more insurance coverage than a local diner or a homeowner. If you suffer a workplace slip and fall injury, for example, then workers' compensation will come into play, and determining liability in such a case is less complicated than in other cases.
Again, slip and fall crashes can occur on private property, at your friend's home or apartment, or even in your own apartment. These types of accidents might not yield the same high amounts of compensation benefits that injuries in large chain grocery stores may yield. But you still have a chance at recovering some compensation benefits through homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.
If the slip and fall accident occurred in your own apartment, you may recover compensation against your landlord in some circumstances. For instance, if the personal injury occurred because of an issue you have reported to your landlord multiple times, you may recover compensation. Thus, if you have a broken floorboard that you have asked your landlord to replace, but he or she hasn’t replaced it, your landlord may be liable for your injuries.
If the injury occurs in a friend’s house, and they didn’t take reasonable care to prevent the injury from happening, they might be liable for your injuries. Thus, the homeowner’s insurance exists.
Typically, commercial properties have a more comprehensive insurance plan than the average homeowner insurance plan. However, these vast insurance plans often come from insurance companies that sometimes offer low-ball settlement offers. Many large commercial properties, including large fast-food restaurants or grocery store chains, defend various personal injury lawsuits regularly. Thus, they often try to avoid paying fair settlements.
Thus, it's important to have an experienced accident attorney on your side to help negotiate the settlement you deserve and to prosecute your case.
Workplace injuries are more complex because of the variety of different insurance claims that may be involved in your accident case. First, you may need to pursue a workers’ compensation claim against your employer’s work comp carrier. Further, there may be one or more at-fault third parties to pursue compensation from, such as a manufacturer of defective equipment or even a cleaning company.
How Much is a Slip and Fall Case Worth?
Severe slip and fall injuries can:
- Create costly medical expenses,
- Force you to take time off work, and
- Cause emotional distress.
Sustaining a physical injury after a slip and fall accident is devastating. Catastrophic injuries and costly medical bills can stress you out and make it stressful to recover from your injuries. While it may take time to recover from your injuries fully or adjust to a disability, financial recovery shouldn’t have to be something you stress about. With an experienced attorney by your side, you can receive the fair settlement that you deserve to cover all your expenses.
Economic damages are direct costs your injuries have created. This includes medical bills, such as hospital visits, emergency room visits, ambulance rides, chiropractor visits, surgery costs, rehabilitation costs, and therapy expenses.
Also, economic damages may include any wages you lost while you were hospitalized or recovering from your injuries. Further, you can also claim damages for any in-home care you might have needed while recovering from your injuries, including child care. Any expenses directly related to your physical injuries are claimable, so make sure you’re preserving all medical records of your bills.
Non-economic damages refer to compensation for pain and suffering caused by your injuries, and compensation for disability or permanent disability, loss of earning capacity, and loss of consortium. These damages are calculated by determining the change in the quality of life that you lived before and after the accident. For example, if you enjoyed running and exercising before your injury and now you’re paralyzed, you could be an excellent candidate for recovering compensation for pain and suffering.
These damages act as a punishment for the liable party. However, these damages are very rare, but they're used occasionally to prevent the same at-fault party from causing a similar harmful situation in the future.
When a costly injury occurs because of hazardous conditions on someone else’s property, you may be eligible to claim for negligence. The Chicago personal injury lawyers at CCAL can help you understand your rights and legal options.
What Duty Do Property Owners Have to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents in Chicago?
Typically, property owners have a duty referred to as a" duty of care" to keep their properties in good condition and to warn or protect against unsafe conditions. If a property owner doesn't uphold this duty, and that failure causes harm to another person, he or she is liable in a personal injury claim for any damages.
It's imperative to note that just because you sustain a bodily injury on someone’s property, the owner isn't always liable. A property or business owner isn't the insurer of every person who steps on his or her premises.
The person or business is instead held to a standard of “reasonableness.” Accordingly:
- If a reasonable property or business owner would have known of the unsafe condition, and
- A reasonable property owner would have been able to take measures to make the property safe but failed to do so,
- Then the property or business owner might be said to be negligent.
How Can The Chicago Slip and Fall Attorneys at CCAL Help?
At CCAL, our experienced slip and fall attorneys have represented thousands of clients in Illinois in slip and fall or premises liability crashes. Thus, we know that many property owners don't comply with local building codes and other safety standards. Many slip-and-fall injuries are caused by unsafe conditions. In severe injury cases, our Chicago personal injury attorneys will hire architects and other building professionals to assess properties and identify any serious deficiencies.
If you have sustained serious injury after a slip and fall accident in Chicago, we know that medical bills and other financial impacts can quickly amount to substantial sums. This is especially true when a personal injury involves a long recovery period or affects your ability to perform your job.
If you have suffered a serious injury, don't pursue your slip and fall case without an experienced slip and fall attorney by your side. Often, slip and fall cases aren't easy to settle, and the mere fact of injury isn't enough to prove liability. With one of our experienced Chicago slip and fall attorneys by your side, you can be confident that we'll give you an honest assessment of the viability of your insurance claim. And, if we take your case, we'll fiercely pursue damages resulting from your slip and fall crash. Contact us today at (312) 300-2515 for a free case evaluation.