Slip-and-fall accidents can occur randomly in a variety of locations, such as grocery stores, restaurants, and office buildings, and the culprit is often an uneven or slippery surface which poses risks that could have been minimized had the at-fault party acted responsibly.
Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:
– Inadequate lighting – Inadequate/misplaced warning signs – Debris on floors – Wet/slippery flooring – Uneven flooring/stairs – Broken tiles – Holes in flooring – Cracked pavement
The National Safety Council estimates that slip-and-falls account for as many as 9 million emergency rooms (ER) visits each year. While these falls often result in minor injuries such as bruises and scrapes, their unexpected and surprising nature can also cause more serious injuries, such as broken limbs, dislocated joints, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and damage to the neck, back, or spinal cord.
If you are injured in a slip-and-fall on another person’s property, that person – as the property-owner or the party responsible for its upkeep and maintenance – may be held liable for your injuries if his/her negligence was the proximate cause of your accident. For example, a Louisiana woman recently slipped and fell in a puddle inside a Winn-Dixie grocery store, severely injuring her shoulder; she has since filed a lawsuit against the chain.
Although some cases are clear-cut, not all slip-and-fall accidents are caused directly by property negligence. It is essential to get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney to resolve the details of your case and determine who may be liable for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.
Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.