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What to Do After a Slip-and-Fall

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IL injury lawyerSlipping and falling can be very serious. People who slip and fall typically land squarely on their back or tailbone, often hitting the back of their heads on a hard surface. Concussions or even more serious brain injuries can occur. So can major spinal cord or neck injuries. While it may be funny in a sitcom, slipping and falling in real life is no laughing matter. It is important for everyone to know what to do if they experience a slip-and-fall. Taking the right steps, both immediately at the scene and in the following days, can not only help your case but can also help you prevent further injury. Our attorneys can offer you more specific advice based on your own unique case.

Steps to Take After a Slip-and-Fall

In roughly chronological order, the steps you should take after slipping and falling include:

  • Stay down - Do not try to get up until the paramedics arrive. Do not let anyone except the paramedics try to move you. If you have a suspected neck or back injury, you will need to be stabilized with braces before you can be transported to the hospital. Trying to get up on your own can worsen an existing injury. Do call EMS even if you are not sure whether you have been seriously injured.
  • Document - Have someone take pictures of everything around the area where you fell. Be thorough. Try to capture anything that has to do with your fall, such as a wet floor sign (or the conspicuous lack thereof), and of course, the substance you slipped on.
  • Call an attorney - Do not skip this very important step. It is best to make the call the same day the accident happens if possible. A lawyer can offer you further guidance. Just as you should not get up until EMS arrives, you should not negotiate with the store manager or anyone else until you can speak with an attorney.

What Not to Do After a Slip-and-Fall

You should also know what not to do after a slip-and-fall. One of the main things you need to avoid doing is accepting any responsibility for the accident. Out of conditioned politeness, your instinct might be to say something like, “It is okay, it was my fault. I was not paying attention,” Unfortunately, saying something like this right after an accident could affect your case.

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4 Common Types of Premises Liability Cases

Posted on in Premises Liability

IL injury lawyerYou may know that if you slip and fall and get hurt, the party responsible for the premises you were in may be liable. However, premises liability is not limited to just slip-and-fall accidents, although this is a very, very common type of premises liability lawsuit. Generally, the party who has control of the premises or is tasked with maintaining it has a duty to keep the premises reasonably safe for those who are supposed to be there. If they fail to do so and a visitor to the premises is injured, the party responsible for the premises can likely be held financially responsible. Premises liability can be based on an almost limitless variety of accidents that occur on-site. However, there are a few very common categories of accidents that give rise to premises liability accidents. An attorney can help you determine whether you may have a case.

Types of Accidents That a Premises Owner or Operator May Be Liable For

While almost any type of accident could be caused by unsafe premises conditions, some of the most common types of cases we see in premises liability litigation include:

  • Slip-and-fall - While often played for laughs in the movies, a slip-and-fall can cause very serious injuries. This is perhaps the classic type of premises liability case.
  • Staircase injuries - Falling down the stairs can cause anything from broken bones to a traumatic brain injury. Most staircase falls can be prevented with reasonable safety measures like sufficient lighting, a good handrail, and a staircase that is not too steep. Overhanging steps can also cause a serious tripping hazard.
  • Assaults - Whether you can hold the premises owner liable for an assault that happens on the property depends on several factors, including whether adequate and appropriate security measures were taken. For example, if a grocery store manager knew that several robberies had taken place in the parking lot and failed to take steps to secure the area, he may be liable.
  • Falling products - In retail stores, one of the biggest hazards may be falling shelves or products. Having a heavy shelf or top-shelf products come crashing down on you can cause severe injuries including concussions, lacerations, and neck or spinal cord injuries. Often, this is because shelves were improperly overloaded, or products were precariously stacked. Displays may also fall with little warning.

These are just a few of the more common types of premises liability cases. If you were injured on another’s premises and suspect that it was due to their carelessness, you should contact an attorney for a case evaluation.

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IL injury lawyerAmericans eat out more now than they ever have and that trend seems likely to continue. While the vast majority of restaurant visits are safe, restaurants have many potential hazards that can result in serious personal injury. Even with the best care, not all of these injuries can be prevented; however, negligence on the part of a restaurant owner, manager, or staff can cause injuries that could have been avoided with proper care. If you were hurt as a customer or visitor at a Waukegan restaurant because of conditions caused by a restaurant’s failure to meet the duty of care they owe their patrons, you may want to contact a personal injury lawyer.

What Are the Most Common Restaurant Injuries?

A surprising variety of injuries can occur at a restaurant, both in and around the premises. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Slips from spilled food and drink
  • Falling downstairs
  • Uneven pavement
  • Cuts from broken glass or ceramic
  • Burns
  • Food poisoning
  • Inadequately lit parking lots
  • Allergic reactions
  • Dangerous actions by employees, such as assault

A restaurant is responsible for providing a duty of care to visitors, which means they must keep the premises safe and clean. Even if someone is merely using the bathroom in the restaurant and is not actually purchasing food or drink, the restaurant still owes this duty of care. If a hazard exists, such as a wet floor, and cannot be immediately remedied, a restaurant must warn visitors of the hazard. Poor maintenance, inadequate supervision of the premises, and even failure to conduct appropriate background checks on employees can make a restaurant liable for injuries that occur on-site.

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IL accident lawyerMost people visit grocery stores and other retail stores at least a couple of times a week. Many rely on stores to buy food, clothes, home goods, and more. The last thing most shoppers expect is to leave a retail store in an ambulance.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a retail store or other commercial business, you may wonder what your legal options are. In some cases, injured customers may be able to sue a retail store for damages. The injured person may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.

Liability for Injuries in a Store or Other Business

The owners and managers of commercial properties have a legal obligation to ensure that their property is relatively safe for customers. Businesses cannot prevent every conceivable injury from occurring, however, businesses do need to take reasonable steps to prevent injuries. This includes keeping the store clean and free of dangerous hazards. If a business’s negligence leads a customer to be injured, the business may be liable for monetary damages.

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IL injury lawyerWhen you rent a house or apartment, you are expected to pay rent and fulfill any other responsibilities outlined in your lease. In turn, your landlord is expected to maintain the property and keep it in a safe condition. Unfortunately, as many renters can attest to, landlords and property owners do not always fulfill their end of the bargain. If you or a loved one were injured due to an unsafe condition in your rental property, you may be able to sue for damages. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages from missed work, pain and suffering, and more.

Injury-Causing Accidents Caused by Landlord Negligence

Property owners, property managers, and landlords have certain legal obligations. One such obligation is to keep their properties in reasonably safe condition. This includes ensuring that any necessary maintenance is completed and warning tenants if an unsafe condition does exist.

Rental property injuries may involve:

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