Slip and fall accidents, sometimes called premises liability cases, occur all too often. Many of these accidents are preventable, had the property owner simply taken the time to post warnings or fix a dangerous condition.
If you suffered from fall injuries in a slip and fall accident caused by someone else’s negligence, a slip and fall attorney from The Kryder Group, LLC can advise you on your next best steps, begin gathering important evidence to prove liability, and seek fair compensation from a successful slip and fall claim.
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How Much Could Your Chicago Slip and Fall Case Be Worth?
All slip and fall accidents are different, and your potential settlement or awards will vary depending on the facts of your case. Essentially, the amount you can seek for your injuries will depend on a few different factors, such as:
How serious your injuries are
How much your medical care has cost you and is expected to cost you in the long term
To what extent your injuries have affected your work and life
Liability for your injuries
For instance, it is possible that your slip and fall led you to fracture your hip and you cannot live independently in the short term. You may have sustained a TBI that has led to permanent changes in your everyday life and has reduced your ability to earn income. For such serious injuries, your case value could reflect the past, present, and ongoing costs and losses associated with your injury—and your case could be worth more than you realize.
On the other hand, don’t dismiss your case on your own if you think you only have a so-called moderate or mild injury. We can tell you what damages you may qualify to seek through a free consultation with our experienced slip and fall attorneys.
As a slip and fall victim, you could recover compensation for many forms of losses that resulted from your injury. You could qualify to pursue compensation for:
Pain and suffering, reflecting your physical pain and emotional hardships
Medical bills, including anything from emergency room care immediately after your fall to prescription medication to ongoing physical therapy treatments required for you to heal
Lost wages, reflecting the paychecks you missed because you were recovering from your injuries
Reduced earning capacity, reflecting any future changes in your ability to earn an income due to your injury
Wrongful death damages, in the event you lost a loved one to their injuries
What Determines How Much My Case Is Worth?
Wrongful Death Damages
Whether due to a construction accident or some other form of serious injury, you may have lost a loved one to a fatal slip and fall accident. It is challenging enough to handle a personal injury claim, let alone while you are grieving a loss. We can handle every aspect of a wrongful death case for you while you take the time you need to grieve.
If you are a surviving family member of someone who passed away from a slip and fall incident, you may qualify to pursue compensation for funeral and burial costs as well as medical costs to treat your injured loved one.
The Statute of Limitations on Slip and Fall Cases
You may want to take time to consider your options after a slip and fall. However, keep in mind that your legal options become limited if you wait too long to take action for your case.
The statute of limitations in the state of Illinois for personal injury cases and wrongful death cases is two years, per 735 ILCS 5/13-202 and 740 ILCS 180/2. This means that you generally cannot file a lawsuit more than two years after the accident occurred.
We advise getting started on your case as soon as possible because:
You may be unable to seek compensation if you pass this statute of limitations deadline.
Important evidence for your case could disappear if you wait too long.
If your slip and fall accident attorneys have more time to build a case, you could have a stronger case for compensation.
Why Hire an Attorney For a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you or a loved one has fallen or slipped and experienced a serious injury, consider the potential value of working with slip and fall accident lawyers such as our Chicago personal injury attorneys.
We will not only help you understand your options for litigation, but we can also handle every step of your case for you. If you are in pain and recovering from your injuries, you may find this assistance invaluable and a huge burden lifted off of your shoulders.
When you get help from our experienced Chicago slip and fall lawyers, we will:
Determine The Value of Your Case Based on Evidence
After your slip and fall accident, you may be contacted by an insurance company that will attempt to offer you a quick settlement. However, an early offer may not necessarily reflect the amount you deserve.
You don’t have to navigate these settlement calculations and negotiations on your own. It can be tricky to determine the full worth of your case, but we know what a fair offer looks like. To make this calculation, we will look at evidence such as your medical records, statements from your doctors, and your own statements about how the accident affected your life.
Prove That the Liable Party Is Responsible
One of the most complicated aspects of a personal injury case is proving that someone was liable for your injuries—and that they are therefore obligated to pay you what your case is worth.
Additionally, identifying who is liable may also require some investigation, as you may not know who should be held responsible. For instance, if you slipped and fell on a sidewalk, responsible parties could include a business owner, a government entity, a private homeowner, or some other party.
We will determine who is responsible and use our understanding of the laws connected to slip and fall accidents to pursue the appropriate party.
Handle All Communications with the Other Party for You
Dealing with the back-and-forth of personal injury cases can be time-consuming and require energy—and you may not wish to spend time and energy on these details when you’re injured. We will keep you updated on the progress of your case as we negotiate for you.
Take Your Case to Court
If we can’t reach a fair settlement through negotiations, we won’t stop there. If your case qualifies to file a lawsuit, we can take your case to court. In some cases, this action will motivate the liable party to seek a settlement before even proceeding to trial.
The liability of a property owner may vary depending on the circumstances of your injury, and we may need to conduct a detailed investigation in order to proceed with your case.
The Kryder Law Group, LLC Has Experience Winning Slip and Fall Cases
The Kryder Law Group, LLC has successfully handled many premises liability cases. We are proud of our previous settlements and awards for clients, including:
$3.2 million for a worker injured during a fall on a construction site
$550,000 for a grocery store slip and fall case
$450,000 for a slip and fall on excessive walkway ice
Communication Is Key
Our team prioritizes timely communication throughout the entire process of your case. We will listen to your story and be sure to answer all of your questions in a timely manner.
Provide a free case review, during which you can learn your legal options
Arrange a face-to-face meeting within 48 hours of your inquiry with either our founder, Andrew S. Kryder, or another of our attorneys
Respond to your emails and calls to keep you updated throughout your case
We Serve the Greater Chicago Area
Serving clients in Chicago is just one location of our practice. If you or someone you love was injured elsewhere in Cook County, Lake County, Dupage County, or Kane County, we have the resources to serve your needs.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents You Can Include in Your Claim
Slip-and-falls are one of the most common ways that people are injured in the United States in nearly every age group. One in three seniors falls each year, which can result in devastating injuries. For all age groups, slips and falls are the most common causes of brain injuries and hip fractures.
Some risks that can contribute to slips and falls include:
Overused warning signs
Lack of drain covers
Clutter on floor or stairs
Changes in level or elevation
What Should You Do Immediately after a Chicago Slip and Fall Accident?
The steps you take after a slip and fall accident can have significant impacts on how you are able to recover from your injuries. Every personal injury case is different. However, most slip and fall accident victims would benefit from taking the following steps after the injuries.
Report the Incident
If you are injured at a business or workplace, be sure to file an incident report directly with the company at the time of the injury. Depending on the severity of the injuries, calling the police to document the scene of the accident can also be beneficial. These incident reports can be used as evidence in a future legal case.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you don’t think you’ve sustained any serious injuries, it is important that you seek medical attention after your slip and fall accident as soon as you can. Even if you are a doctor, it can be difficult to figure out if you have been injured. Some injuries take several days to show any symptoms – you may not realize how sore you are or that you have sustained injuries to your muscles until the next morning.
The most important thing is your health. While you may not need to take any legal action, having the medical records of your injuries can provide you with a certain peace of mind.
Discuss Your Slip and Fall Case with the Attorneys at the Kryder Law Group, LLC Today
The best way to figure out if you have a strong slip and fall claim is to discuss the specifics of what happened with a slip and fall lawyer on our team. You may not even realize that you can pursue legal action until you discuss the case with us. In most cases, the sooner you move forward and take action, the more likely we can build a compelling case for your compensation.
Get Your Free Case Evaluation
Call our team today for your free case evaluation. We can hear the details of your situation and help you determine if you have a viable slip and fall case.