It is a snowy day in one of the coldest states in America, Illinois. Your apartment complex makes reasonable efforts to clear snow and ice from walkways, but their drainage systems are not kept up to code. A freezing rain storm hits, and the defunct drains cause an icy patch to form outside of your door. It is after business hours, so there is no way the apartment complex could order maintenance to clear the walkways.
Recently, a charming pizza place in Crystal Lake found out the hard way that a patron can suffer an injury at any time, for any reason. Even something seemingly innocuous like a restaurant’s decor, can cause severe injuries in unsuspecting individuals. Like many restaurants, Nick’s Pizza and Pub had its signature décor, which was for them peanut shells discarded on the floor (many steakhouses in Oklahoma and Texas also follow this tradition).
Slip-and-fall cases in Illinois come under the area of tort law known as personal injury. In case of such an injury, you may be eligible to collect compensation for the damage suffered to help pay for expenses including your medical costs. If you are experiencing injuries caused by another person, company, or establishment, contact a slip and fall personal injury lawyer to find out if your injuries are eligible for compensation.
As the weather cools and fall and winter set in, there is a lot to look forward to; fall is beloved for its colors, and the winter holidays are often much anticipated. In addition to all of the benefits that the change in season brings, there are also a few risks associated with colder weather, including the increased risk of a slip and fall accident. Here is a look into what you need to know about cooler weather, winter slip and falls, and liability for any injuries that result.
Carrie Lewis, an Illinois woman, sued a Forever 21 retail store after she accidentally slipped on a “Wet Floor” sign that had fallen over and was lying flat in the middle of the entrance to the store. Lewis says, as she was leaving the store, she stepped on the sign and flew into the entrance door headfirst. Later, she had to undergo major surgery for serious injuries to her neck and back.
How Often do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
If you are the parent of a young child, you know how frequently they fall. In fact, falls are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries for children between the ages of birth and 19. You can reduce your child’s chance of being injured in a slip and fall by taking safety precautions in your home, such as:
Keep Stairways Clear and Secure
When you slip and fall, there are a lot of ways you can be injured. Some of them are fairly minor – you might suffer a small cut or a bruise from the impact. You can also suffer a serious injury like a traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury.
The indoor slip and fall hazards you face are consistent throughout the year. Wet tiles, broken steps, and unsecured carpets can cause injuries 12 months out of the year. Outdoor slip and fall hazards, on the other hand, tend to vary by the season.
A slip or fall can happen anywhere. When an individual is injured in a slip or fall on private property, the property’s owner is liable for the victim’s damages. This concept is known as premises liability. Premises liability covers all injuries caused by hazards the property owner knew about or should have known about. Failing to clean up a spill or take a similar action to mitigate a slip and fall hazard is an act of negligence on a property owner’s part.
You can slip, fall, and suffer an injury anywhere. When a slip or fall occurs because of a property owner’s negligence, such as a store owner who failed to promptly clean up a liquid spill, the property owner is liable for the victim’s related damages. But not all slips and falls happen in public places; you can slip and fall in your own home. Below are a few common slip and fall hazards in American households. Take care to repair these hazards in your home to protect yourself and your loved ones from falling, especially if an elderly relative lives with you.