It's interesting that slip, trip and fall accidents happen as often as they do, because people, by nature, are fairly good at recognizing hazards and avoiding them. However, some are simply not as obvious, and they can lead to falls that cause injuries.
Anyone can suffer a slip-and-fall injury, regardless of their age and physical dexterity. As we noted in a recent post, not all slip-and-fall victims are senior citizens. However, as we also noted, falls are generally more serious for seniors and, in fact, are the leading cause of death.
You walk down the sidewalk in front of a local fast food joint. As you turn the corner to head up toward the door, you slip and fall on the ice. There's been a cold spell in Illinois, and it seems like everything is frozen.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of death and injury for older Americans. However, don't believe that only seniors can be the victims of slip-and-fall accidents.
If you slip and fall on another party's property, there is a chance that you can sue. However, you need to be able to show that the property was not maintained or that the collection of ice, snow or water was unnatural. You also have to prove that the defendant knew about the conditions that led to your injuries and did nothing about them.
When you were walking into a local business, the last thing you expected was for a patch of ice to lead to a fall. The rest of the walkway was clear, so you didn't even think you'd have to worry about it. Unfortunately, there was a shadow cast on part of the walkway in front of the business you were visiting. Now, you've fallen and gotten hurt.
Slip-and-fall accidents are serious matters that must be treated accordingly. One thing that you have to remember is that these kinds of accidents can lead to devastating injuries, even though a "simple fall" might not sound too serious at first.
Imagine this: You're new to Illinois and have been invited to a holiday party by an acquaintance. You're happy to go and perhaps gain a new circle of friends.
Walking around during the winter months in Illinois can be difficult. You have to deal with snowy conditions that can make it easy to slip and fall. While sidewalks and paths are usually shoveled and salted, it is necessary to ensure that you are prepared for walking around in wintry weather, even if you are only going from your vehicle into a store.
CNA Financial Corporation released a study analyzing the slip-and-fall liability claims that it received between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2016. The authors noted several trends that may make business owners in Illinois and across the U.S. think twice about the safety of their own premises.