Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common in the United States, affecting one in every three adults over the age of 65 every year, and millions of younger Americans as well. Slip and fall is a broad category of injury that can include a number of situations, such as the following:
- Wet Floors: In this slip and fall scenario, the walker’s foot or shoe loses traction on a wet or slippery surface and slips out from under him, causing a fall. These accidents can lead to back injuries, bruises, and fractures. Icy sidewalks and streets lead to the same loss of traction and cause similar injuries. Store owners have a responsibility to warn customers of hazardous floor surfaces to prevent this type of accident.
- Uneven Pavement: A sudden change in the surface of the street or sidewalk can cause dangerous falls. If the surface suddenly becomes higher, a walker’s foot may catch on this “ledge,” causing him to fall forward. If there is a sudden drop in the level of the sidewalk, a person’s ankle may twist with the unexpected change, causing a fall forward. Both of these falls could cause severe injuries.
- Broken Stairs: Stairs are particularly hazardous places for slip and fall accidents because of the potential to continue to fall all the way down a flight of stairs. Stairs in poor condition may give way under a person’s weight, upsetting his balance and causing him to fall. If the stairs are poorly lit, a walker may not see a step or an impediment on the step, also causing him to slip and fall.
After a slip and fall injury, you need a lawyer who will help you fight for the compensation you need for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs. Call (773) 779-9885 to schedule an appointment with a personal injury attorney at McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. in Chicago. With over 70 years collective experience, we can be counted on to fight for you.
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