Chicago Slip and Fall Lawyers
Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury in the United States. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), approximately 8.9 million Americans visit hospital emergency rooms per year due to injuries sustained in falls. Many people fall as a result of slipping or tripping. If you slip and fall at a business or on another person’s property due to the property owner’s negligence, you have the legal right to recover for your fall-related losses by filing a personal injury claim. Experienced Chicago slip and fall attorney John Buchmiller is dedicated to helping fall victims obtain the recovery they deserve.
Common Causes of Slip and Falls
Business and property owners have a duty to keep their premises free from hazards and dangerous conditions that may cause injury to visitors. If there are any possible hazards, owners should properly warn visitors of that hazard. Unfortunately, many property owners negligently fail to adequately maintain their premises and, as a result, customers or visitors slip, fall, and suffer serious injuries. Some common conditions that lead to slip and falls include:
- Clutter, debris, or other objects in walkways
- Wet or slippery floors with no warning sign
- Uneven floors
- Overly worn carpet or floors
- Electrical cords that are not properly secured to the walls
- Ramps or slanted floors with no handrails
These are only a few of the ways that property owners can be negligent and cause slip and falls. Any negligent owner should be held liable for all injuries that result.
Slip and Fall Injuries can be Serious
Though many people fall and suffer only embarrassment, other slip and fall victims are not so lucky. If a person is unable to catch himself or lands in a certain way, he may suffer severe injuries. Slip and falls often cause head trauma, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, other back and neck injuries, broken bones, deep bruising, and more.
Elderly Americans are at a particularly high risk of serious injury in slip and falls accidents, as they are prone to broken hips in a fall. Such injuries may significantly inhibit their ability to live independent lives and a large number of older adult who suffer broken hips never return home, but instead remain in an assisted living center. As you can see, a slip and fall can have a substantial impact on a person’s enjoyment of life.
Contact a Chicago Slip and Fall Attorney for a free consultation
At the Law Offices of John Buchmiller, we are committed to helping injured slip and fall victims receive proper compensation from the responsible business or property owner. If you have suffered injury in a fall, contact our office today at 773-857-1832 to schedule a free consultation.