Seeing a yellow “Caution, Wet Floor” sign is common in most places of business. As a person passing by, you know to walk carefully through the area and perhaps give the sign a wide berth. But what happens when those in charge of the premises don’t put up a sign? You could easily suffer from a slip and fall accident. These sudden accidents only take seconds to transpire, but can potentially have long-term consequences. In these situations, you may seek legal action to get compensation for your injuries. Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP has experienced Morris slip and fall lawyers who may be able to help you with your claim.
Our lawyers work diligently to protect the rights of the people in Illinois. We have successfully represented slip and fall accident victims. While experiencing a slip and fall accident can be traumatic, we’ll do everything we can to help you get compensation so you can focus on recovering.
Slip and fall accidents fall under an area of personal injury law called premises liability. Those in charge of the property have a duty to take measures to keep their premises safe for others. Let’s look into how negligence can cause slip and fall accidents.
How Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
There are a number of reasons why a slip and fall accident happens. Most of the accidents happen because the person in charge isn’t taking measures to keep the premises safe. Some safety hazards include:
- Loose mats and worn rugs
- Ice, snow, and rain
- Obstructed walkways
- Obstructed vision
No matter how your slip and fall accident happened, you have the right to pursue justice. Our lawyers will evaluate your case and find out the cause of the accident and if negligence was the reason why you were injured. Our lawyers will gather as much evidence as possible to help develop your case so you get fair compensation for your injuries.
What Are the Kinds of Slip and Fall Injuries?
Slip and fall accidents can be startling. When you’re falling, it’s common instinct to try to break the fall. However, this can sometimes lead to further injury. Slip and fall injuries include:
- Sprains or strains
- Broken bones
These accidents can also have further devastating consequences. Severe injuries could include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
An injury to the brain or spinal cord can have lasting effects on your life. If permanent damage occurs, you may not be able to return to work and will need extensive medical care in the future. You may be facing a long road of rehabilitation or physical therapy. In some cases, you may need medical equipment or other forms of medical assistance to maintain a high quality of life.
If you or a loved one is struggling from a catastrophic injury, we will fight for damages such as loss of earnings, past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of normal life. Recovering this financial loss can bring peace of mind to the family. They’ll be able to focus on their loved one.
Avoid Putting Your Claim in Jeopardy
When you’re filing a claim, you’ll want to do everything possible to give it the best chance of success. There are some actions you could take that may affect your claim without you realizing it.
Many people have multiple social media accounts and it’s common to update it with current events happening in your life. However, discussing your claim on social media isn’t the best idea. If you post pictures of you going to dinner or going out for the day, insurance companies may question the extent of your injuries. Or, if you’re posting regularly about the case, any details you reveal may be used against you later.
Your posts could be used to reduce the amount an insurance company or jury is willing to award as compensation for your injuries. This could adversely affect your ability to cover the costs of the accident. Your attorney in Morris can guide you through the process and assist in maximizing the amount of damages you can obtain.
Seek Justice with a Trustworthy Lawyer
With these types of cases, it’s in your best interests to act quickly. After the accident, you should report it to the person in charge of the premises immediately. This could be a supervisor or manager. As you’re writing the report, be as detailed as possible. The incident is still fresh in your mind and you may recall details that help your case. Waiting too long to make the report risks you possibly forgetting those crucial details. After you’ve made the report, seek medical treatment to get an evaluation of your injuries and you can start getting the treatment and care you need. Putting off medical treatment could allow your injuries to worsen. After you’ve been to a doctor, you should contact a Morris lawyer.
Defending your rights is our priority when we represent you. Negligence can lead to preventable injuries which adversely impact your life. You don’t deserve to deal with all the consequences of a slip and fall injury on your own. Our lawyers are available to be at your side to make sure you get justice. We’ll discuss the merits of your case in a no-obligation, free consultation. You will be able to ask questions, address concerns you may have, and get assistance to move forward.