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How Serious are Slip and Fall Injuries?

Injuries due to slips, trips, and falls are among the most common types of personal injuries. In some cases, falling may be little more than an inconvenience. However, that does not mean that all falls are harmless. In fact, many slips and falls result in serious injuries.

While these incidents are commonly referred to as ‘accidents,’ the fact is that these avoidable injuries are often the result of the reckless and negligent actions of property owners, management, and staff. The following provides important information on how slip and fall injuries commonly occur and how you can hold responsible parties accountable for the damages you suffer.  

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), falls are the second leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Even a seemingly minor fall can result in serious injuries, which can include muscle and tendon sprains, strains, tears, broken bones, and severe back, neck, and head injuries.

While slips and falls can occur in the home, they are common in public places, such as malls, grocery stores, offices, and restaurants, as well as at parks, museums, and other attractions. The NSC reports that common causes include:

  • Wet, slippery floors due to spills or recent mopping;
  • Condensation at exits and entrances due to air conditioning systems;
  • Cluttered and overcrowded hallways and aisles;
  • Damaged or uneven paths and walkways;
  • Loose floor materials and torn carpeting;
  • Lack of proper lighting;
  • Lack of handrails at heights and on stairs.

Wet and snowy conditions can certainly increase the chances of slip and fall accidents, but the truth is that these injuries can happen at any time of year.

When slip and fall injuries occur as the result of the above conditions, property owners, landlords, managers, and employees can be held responsible through an insurance claim or by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Potential Consequences of Slip and Fall Injuries

It is a misconception that slips and falls only result in minor injuries. Serious damage can result from a fall, depending on the height from which the person falls, the surface they land on, and more. Common injuries in slips and falls include:

Compensation For Slip and Fall Injuries 

Negligence is defined as doing something a reasonable person would not do in a similar situation or failing to take actions a reasonable person would have taken. Under the Illinois Premises Liability Act, property owners and managers have a duty of care to warn guests of potential dangers that exist on their property and to attend to dangerous conditions that they are or should have been aware of.

If you are involved in a slip and fall accident, your first steps should be to notify the police, manager, supervisor, or security guard on the property and to seek medical attention immediately. Failing to take either of these actions could jeopardize your rights to compensation. In a premises liability lawsuit, damages you may be entitled to claim include:

  • Medical expenses, including future medical costs;
  • Lost wages and future losses in earnings;
  • Compensation for pain, suffering, and any lasting disabilities caused by your injuries.

Help is Available After a Slip and Fall Injury

For professional legal guidance in seeking compensation through an insurance company claim or an injury lawsuit, call or contact The Horwitz Law Group online to request a consultation.        



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