Slip and Fall Accidents in Illinois
Slipping and falling sounds to many people like a minor accident. After all, people slip and fall all the time in their daily lives. However, many falls can be much more serious, leading to severe injuries or even death. In fact, the World Health Organization reports that falls are the second leading cause of accidental death across the globe. 424,000 people die each year as result of a serious fall, and there are over 37 million falls each year that are serious enough to warrant medical attention.
Fortunately for injured victims who have fallen on someone else’s property, there is a way for them to recover for the harm they have suffered. People who suffer those sorts of injuries may bring a lawsuit under premises liability law because property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in safe conditions.
Injuries from Slip and Falls
Slip and falls can lead to a variety of serious injuries beyond the mere scrapes and bruises that may come to mind for many people. Some of the most serious of these types of injuries are traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs are injuries that result from damage to the brain during a fall, usually a result of someone hitting their head on the floor or against something else on the way down. The brain damage can be severe, and lead to concussions, mobility issues, memory problems, strokes, comas, and even death in some cases.
People who fall can also experience serious back injuries such as a slipped disc or broken back. These injuries can lead to chronic, debilitating pain that can interfere with people’s ability to work or to live their lives. Fall victims can also break more than just their backs. Many fall victims are older, with weaker bones, so they can often experience broken hips as a result of falling on their side. These sorts of broken bones can be painful and slow to heal. They may also reduce the person’s independence, necessitating moving into a nursing home.
Victims can find justice by holding the careless landowner liable under premises liability, a legal doctrine that requires the owner or occupant of the land to take reasonable care to keep their land safe for the people on it. In order to prevail on this sort of claim, the injured party has to show three things. First, there must have been some sort of hazard on the property that the landowner either did know about or should have discovered. Second, they must show that the hazard was something that people coming onto the land would not see or protect themselves against. Finally, the injured party needs to show that the owner of the land failed to take reasonable steps that could have saved the victim from the injury. If victims can do all three of these things, then they may be able to hold the landowner responsible for the carelessness that caused them injury.
Slip and falls in stores and other public places can lead to serious injuries. If you have recently been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer at Woodruff Johnson & Evans today to learn about your rights.