If you or someone you love was injured after a slip and fall accident, you might be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The dedicated team of personal injury attorneys at our firm could help you pursue the financial recovery that you deserve for all of your losses.
Contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC today for your free consultation and to learn more about how a Markham slip and fall injury lawyer can help you protect your rights and seek justice from the responsible party.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
When you or your loved one slip and fall, it might not just be because of a simple accident. Often, these incidents would have been avoidable if not for someone else’s negligence.
Often, the liability for injuries caused by slip and fall accidents can rest on the property owner’s shoulders. There are many potential causes of slip and fall accidents, including the following instances of negligence.
Wet or Slick Surfaces
Wet floors, puddles, and spills can create slick surfaces that lead to slip and fall accidents. These may be caused by outside weather conditions or by leaks and spills inside. In either case, it is the property owner’s responsibility to make sure slick surfaces are addressed within a reasonable time frame.
Icy and Snowy Surfaces
Winter weather can create icy and snowy surfaces on the sidewalks, stairs, ramps, and entryways on someone else’s property. The property owner’s responsibility is to address the ice and snow in a reasonable time frame to prevent injury. They may need to salt or shovel the walkways in and around their property. If they fail to do so, they may be held liable for your injuries.
Cracked sidewalks, uneven stairs and ramps, and blocked hallways can create dangerous, uneven walking surfaces. If these issues are not addressed or marked, you or your loved one may trip and fall, causing serious injury.
Your lawyer will figure out exactly how your accident occurred.
Some Slip and Fall Injuries That Could Entitle You to Damages
Even an injury as small as a bruise could result in a settlement. Our Markham trip and fall attorneys have seen many different kinds of injuries while representing our clients. You might have suffered from any of the following:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the single most common cause of traumatic brain injuries or TBI. TBI occurs when your head is struck forcefully, and it can range from a mild concussion to a permanent coma or even death. Brain hemorrhaging and loss of consciousness can also result from a TBI.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) states that some TBI symptoms include vomiting and nausea, inability to stay awake, confusion, disorientation, slurred speech, dilated pupils, memory loss, and blurry vision. If you or your loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms after a slip and fall accident, be sure to seek immediate medical attention.
A broken hip can be life-threatening to seniors and is always painful and life-disrupting regardless. Hip fractures are commonly the consequence of falling sideways. According to the Mayo Clinic, serious hip fractures may require surgery, hip replacement, and post-surgical rehabilitation for recovery.
When we fall, we often instinctively put our hands and arms out to break our fall. This can result in broken and damaged limbs and appendages, as well as lacerations, bruises, and skin abrasions.
Sometimes extensive damage to your arms, hands, and fingers requires surgery and rehabilitation to fix, in addition to causing pain and disrupting your everyday life and work.
Back and Neck Injuries
Hard falls can hurt your back and neck, and the surrounding muscles and tendons. In turn, this can cause potentially debilitating pain that prevents you from working or going about your day to day life.
Additionally, severe accidents can damage the spinal cord and the nervous system, causing a loss of sensation and function in parts of the body—both temporarily and even permanently.
How Our Legal Professionals Can Help
We know that you are stressed right now. This is why we are ready to help you in any way we can after your accident. Some of the things we can do include:
Filing a Premises Liability Lawsuit in a Slip and Fall Case
A property owner owes you a duty of care. This means that if you are on their property, it is their responsibility to keep the conditions on that property reasonably safe. When they fail to do so, they may be held liable for any accidents or injuries caused by their negligence.
A slip and fall lawyer in Markham could help you recover compensation for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit against the liable parties. This means that with our help, you can sue the property owner to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Recovering Damages in a Slip and Fall Injury Case
These damages can help you pay for your past and future medical treatments, including doctor’s visits, specialists, surgeries, physical therapy, prescriptions, psychologists, homecare aid, and out-of-pocket expenses. Anything you need to medically recover from your accident can potentially be awarded in damages.
You can also recover compensation for your lost wages and lost earning capacity. If your injury prevents you from doing your job or from seeking future work, that is all potentially recoverable.
In addition to your financial losses, you can also recover damages for your accident’s non-economic impact on your life. This includes your physical pain, emotional and mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Let a Markham Slip and Fall Injury Attorney Fight for Your Rights
According to 735 ILCS 5/13-202, the statute of limitations for bringing a personal injury lawsuit is generally two years. Since your time is limited, the sooner you get in contact with us, the better.
Contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC today to learn more about how a Markham slip and fall injury lawyer can advocate for you and to receive your free consultation.