You may think that Joliet slip and fall accidents do not result in terrible injuries. On the contrary, some slip and falls can cause devastating harm to a person’s body and lifestyle. If you have slipped, tripped, fell, and sustained an injury on another person’s property that required medical treatment, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering, plus other damages. This compensation may make the following weeks, months, and years significantly easier on you and your family.
The Joliet personal injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe can help seek out this compensation. They will be able to determine who was responsible for your slip and fall, what amount of compensation is appropriate, and represent your best interests.
Common Injuries Suffered in a Slip and Fall Accident
When you picture a slip and fall, you probably picture a wet floor or a puddle. In actuality, a slip and fall can be caused by many other situations. For instance, a broken staircase can cause a person to catch their foot, then slip and fall. Broken pavement can also cause a person to trip and fall. Even slippery sidewalks from a recent ice storm can cause injury.
What kinds of injuries happen as a result of a slip and fall? The slightest injury may include some scrapes and bruises. In this scenario, you probably wouldn’t have a personal injury case, as these injuries may not require medical attention. However, if those cuts needed stitches or further medical treatment, you may have a slip and fall lawsuit on your hands.
Other common types of Joliet slip and fall injuries include:
- Broken bones, like ankles, wrists, and arms.
- Fractures to the skull, eye socket, or spine.
- Other spinal injuries, like herniated discs or broken vertebrae.
- Brain injuries on a spectrum of severity, from minor concussions to traumatic brain injury.
- In some cases, wrongful death.
In any of these instances, you might be able to win compensation. Even if a loved one has suffered wrongful death from a property owner’s reckless behavior, you and your family have the right to seek financial compensation. Our Joliet slip and fall attorneys will help you through the process and take the weight of a complicated legal case off of your shoulders.
Property Owners and Premises Liability
How can a slip and fall lawyer help you after such an accident? The first step is to determine who was actually liable for your slip and fall. Every property owner has a duty of care to those who enter their property, to ensure their safety—or at least, give appropriate notice of any hazards. This is often referred to as premises liability.
For example, if you slipped in a puddle left from maintenance washing the floor and there was no warning sign, then you may be able to sue. Or, if a broken light was not replaced, and you stumbled in the dark stairway, the property owner may be liable for your injuries.
Compensation from Slip and Fall Incidents
No matter what caused your injuries, no doubt you are hoping for some kind of financial assistance. If we are able to build a case around your slip and fall accident, that money may come in the form of economic or non-economic compensation.
- Economic compensation covers tangible amounts, like ambulance bills, surgery costs, prescription medication costs, and hospital stays. It may also cover lost wages from your time off work. Economic damages also look to the future. In other words, your attorney will determine how much money you will need to cover future medical expenses and time off work, too.
- Non-economic damages are trickier, and an experienced slip and fall lawyer will be able to help you fight for them. These damages compensate you for your pain and suffering, humiliation, loss of companionship, and more.
Joliet Fall Injury Attorneys from Lerner and Rowe
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Joliet slip and fall accident, contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys immediately. We are committed to providing excellent communications, from the minute you reach out to us for your free consultation. Call us anytime of the day or night, even on the weekends, as we are available 24/7. Just call 708-222-2222, fill out our FREE online form, or text through LiveChat. There’s no fee until you win, so don’t hesitate to seek out the help of an Illinois slip and fall lawyer today.