In Illinois, the property owner, whether it’s a private property, a public sidewalk, a parking lot or a private business, walkways must be maintained and free from hazards that could result in a slip, trip, or fall. Unfortunately, these type of accidents are all too common, and the injuries that result can be life-changing.
Each year, more than 3 million people visit an emergency room because of slip-and-fall accidents. About 800,000 people are hospitalized and another 28,000 are killed. Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries and hip fractures, and the second-most common cause of non-fatal injuries for people ages 10 to 24. More than 25,000 older adults die from fall injuries each year.
The Chicago slip-and-fall attorneys at DZ law are dedicated to helping slip-and-fall accident victims like you get back on their feet. Find out what your injuries may be worth. Call DePaolo & Zadeikis today at 312-263-7560 for a free consultation.
Nobody is immune to slip-and-fall accidents in Illinois. In fact, although older people older than 55 and those between 10 and 24 are more susceptible to these types of accidents, slips and falls are a leading cause of injuries for all age groups. Certain circumstances, however, can increase the chances of a slip, trip or fall accident.
A significant percentage of slip-and-fall injuries occur at a place of business. In hotels, falls are a leading cause of injury, and about 70 percent of slips and falls happen on flat walking surfaces. About 90 percent of falls that happen at churches and worship centers occur on the stairs. Restaurants typically see between 3 and 9 slip-and-fall incidents that cause injuries every year, and these types of accidents are the leading cause of injuries for both patrons and employees in grocery stores. About 16 percent of workers’ compensation claims are from slip-and-fall accidents.
Whether you or your loved one is visiting a community playground, working on a construction site, taking a walk, or doing a little shopping, there are certain factors that can increase the chances of a slip and fall accident.
Performing proper maintenance and repairs, exercising reasonable care, and adequately warning visitors of slip-and-fall hazards can help prevent these accidents from happening. When property owners fail to fulfill their duty of care to visitors, they can be held liable for the damages that occur.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident,, you may be able to recover a wide range of damages depending on the circumstances of your case and the severity of your injuries. To recover damages, however, these basic elements must be proved.
The amount that may be recovered varies significantly depending on the type of injury sustained, the severity of the injury, and the impact the injury has on your abilities in the future. Common types of injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall accident include:
If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, call the Chicago slip and fall attorneys at DePaolo & Zadeikis today at 312-263-7560 or contact us online for a free consultation.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
As efforts concerning the containment of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to evolve here in the U.S. and around the world, we want to assure you that Depaolo & Zadeikis remain committed to three important priorities:
As such, we continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and decided to follow the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC and other state and local officials. In accordance with these recommendations and until further notice, DePaolo & Zadeikis Attorneys at Law will be making modifications to the delivery of our services until further notice. To be sure, our services will continue to be available to you – just differently as the pandemic response evolves.
Our offices remain open for business; however, we encourage all existing clients to help us limit exposure and the potential spread of COVID-19 by avoiding in-office meetings. We remain open for business virtually during normally scheduled work hours 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday). All email, fax, telephone, and other electronic communication will continue without interruption. If you have a scanner please scan documents and send them to us in.PDF format. If you do not have a scanner, there are smartphone apps available such as CamScanner, Adobe Scan and Genius Scan (and many others), that will turn your smartphone into a document scanner at zero or little cost.
Our local courts continue to update and modify their policies in response to the current COVID-19 situation as well, and we are monitoring those to navigate the impact on your claims. At this point, the Courts and the Illinois Workers Compensation System are operating on a partial basis. We are continuing to advance our cases on an electronic basis as well as telephonically. As the situation evolves, we will advise our clients.
We also know that many of you have been personally impacted in a number of ways, and we apologize for any inconvenience these modifications may cause you but of course we are all experiencing this disruption together and will get through it together. We will resume normal operations as soon as the local, state and national governments give instructions that it is reasonable to do so. We appreciate your flexibility as we do our part to help bring this unprecedented situation under control.
Again, we are fully operational and are actively working on your claims. If there is anything you need, please feel free to contact our office (telephonically or electronically) during office hours so that we can direct your call and follow up accordingly.