Slip-and-Fall Lawyers in Sugar Grove, IL

Kane County Slip-and-Fall Accident Attorneys

Slipping and falling is not only embarrassing, but can result in serious and, in some cases, life-threatening injuries. According to the National Floor Safety Institute:

  • More women experience slip-and-fall accidents than men;
  • Men and women have a nearly-identical chance of dying in a slip-and-fall incident;
  • Half of all accidental deaths in the home are caused by a fall, and the majority of these accidents happen at ground level;
  • One out of three individuals age 65 or older will experience a fall; and
  • Slips and falls account for over one million hospital emergency room visits each year.

What is a Slip-and-Fall Accident?

A slip-and-fall accident occurs when some condition or obstacle on the floor prevents your foot from obtaining traction as you walk. Because of this lack of friction, your leading foot “slips” forward. At the same time, the momentum of this sudden and unexpected movement sends you tumbling backwards. Besides the embarrassment, common injuries include:

  • Bruises;
  • Lacerations or cuts;
  • Fractures such as hip fractures, arm fractures, or leg fractures;
  • Damage to the spinal column; and
  • Head injuries or traumatic brain injuries.

What Causes a Slip-and-Fall Accident?

Slip-and-fall accidents are more likely to occur if there is some condition that makes the floor slippery or such that it is difficult to gain traction on it. Such conditions may include:

  • Water, either from mopping, a spilled drink or food item, or rain or melting snow and ice;
  • Floor cleaners and floor polish;
  • Toys or other small items that are easily stepped on; or
  • Dark or poorly lit walkways, which can conceal dangerous conditions.

In addition, a person who wears shoes that have worn or missing tread (or no tread at all) or high heels is also at an increased risk of experiencing a slip-and-fall accident.

Who is Responsible for a Slip-and-Fall Accident?

When you experience a slip-and-fall incident on another’s property (like at a business or store), the owner of that property may be responsible for the costs you experience as a result of your slip-and-fall accident. This is especially true if:

  • The property owner held his or her property open to the general public for business purposes (such as selling groceries or clothing);
  • The condition was one that was easily recognizable or detectable as being hazardous to the general public; and
  • The property owner took no steps to discover and/or correct hazards on the property prior to your injury.

Contact the Attorneys at White & Ekker, P.C.

Even where your slip-and-fall injuries are obviously the result of another’s carelessness, recovering compensation can be difficult and uncertain. With the experienced Kane County personal injury attorneys at White & Ekker, P.C. on your side, however, your chances of recovering compensation improve dramatically. We will ensure important evidence is preserved and that your story is presented so that your recovery is maximized. Do not leave your recovery of damages to chance; contact us right away after a slip-and-fall accident for a free consultation.

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