The Naperville slip and fall accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understand how suddenly our lives can change when we have been injured. You may not be able to return to work immediately, could have mounting medical bills and worry about whether you will be able to meet your financial obligations. Understanding the many different ways you can recover compensation to cover your expenses is what makes us strong advocates for those who we represent and it is our mission to ensure each client secures the maximum amount of compensation that the law will provide.Ways in Which Slip and Fall Accidents Occur in Naperville
Whether you are walking up or down the stairs, across the street, through a hallway, or performing your duties while on the job, there are numerous hazards we may face on a daily basis which can result in a trip, slip or fall. Property owners and employers are required to mitigate these risks by making sure people are made aware of any hazards and by performing regular maintenance and implementing reasonable commonsense measures to protect the people on their premises. Here are some of the ways they fail to do so.
- Failing to install and maintain proper lighting— we need to see where we are walking, and lighting has contributed to many of the cases we have seen, where a client stumbles over an object that would have been easier to see had there been proper lighting.
- Failing to maintain elevators— when an elevator malfunction results in the opening of the doors so that people could fall down the shaft, the results can be devastating. In the off chance the victim survives, his or her life will be changed forever.
- Failing to warn of hazards— the most common hazard that property managers fail to notify people of is wet floors. A slippery floor can easily take victims by surprise as some surfaces become slicker than ice when they are wet.
- Failing to remove snow or ice— during cold and inclement winter weather, property owners need to maintain walkways and parking lots so that people can enter and leave the premises without slipping over patches of black ice.
- Failing to maintain railings and balconies— missing or defective railings can result in falls from great heights and a balcony collapse can injure multiple people at the same time in a catastrophic accident.
- Uneven pavement and potholes— poorly maintained pavement is a hazard for traffic and pedestrians alike, as it makes it possible for our footfalls to land in a hole or unevenly, causing sprains, fractures and falls.
- Failing to provide a safe work environment— trips, slips and falls represent a large portion of all workplace accidents and this is because there are many hazards present on the job, from objects on the floor that can cause people to trip to poorly designed guardrails and scaffolding.
There is a sliding scale on the severity of injuries we have seen from slip and fall accidents, but every injury can set the victim back when it comes to pain, recovery time and expense. It is especially unfortunate when an injury permanently changes the quality of the person’s life or results in the death of a loved one. Here are the most common injuries that result from these types of accidents.
- Spinal and back injuries— while the slip or trip itself may not cause any immediate harm to the spine, it is the impact with the ground that can slip a disc, break a vertebrae or sever a nerve. It is fairly common to see victims report back injuries after a fall as well.
- Damage to the nerves— while skin, bones and muscle can all heal with time and the right medical intervention, nerve damage is permanent. Neural retinopathy is a condition that results from trauma to the nerves and may result in the loss of feeling, feelings of shooting or sharp pain or the inability to move the impacted limb.
- Broken bones— fractures are common because of the angle and force that victims’ wrists, feet, shoulders and legs make strike the ground with. It is also a natural reflex to attempt to brace a fall by extending the arms, making broken wrists very commonplace with these accidents.
- Traumatic brain injuries— a blow to the head can cause serious damage to the brain through microtears over the long term. The damage can be mitigated through early detection, but neurological conditions are common for those who have sustained trauma to the head or face.
There are many different avenues through which you can receive compensation following an injury and Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will leave no stone unturned when seeking to secure compensation on your behalf. If you have been injured due to poor building maintenance or because an employer did not provide a safe environment, contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our award winning Naperville slip and fall accident attorneys. We will investigate your claim and review all of your legal options so that you can make an informed choice on how best to proceed.