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SLIP & FALL/PREMISES LIABILITY
Slip, trip, and fall accidents are a more common cause of serious injury than many people realize. In fact, falls send more people to emergency rooms than do car accidents and kill almost 25,000 people per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. They are the leading cause of death on the job, the most frequent cause of death in people over 65, and the third most frequent cause of accidental death overall.
Many of these falls and resulting injuries and deaths could be prevented. People often slip, trip, and fall because of a hazardous condition that was either caused by the owner of the property where the accident occurred, or that the owner allowed to exist or failed to fix. Law requires property owners or those in control of a property to keep their premises in safe condition. If the person or entity responsible for maintaining the premises causes or allows a hazard to exist and it causes someone to fall and be injured or killed, that person (or the family of someone who has been killed) is entitled to make a claim for compensation.
CONDITIONS THAT CAUSE FALLS
Some of the hazardous conditions that can cause fall accidents include
- Sidewalks made slippery by irrigation systems
- Uneven sidewalks, often caused by roots growing beneath them
- Torn or uneven carpet
- Trash or debris on a floor or sidewalk
- Staircases with missing or broken steps
- Staircases lacking handrails
- Poor lighting
- Wet floors
HOW THE ALVAREZ LAW OFFICE ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
If you or a family member has been hurt in a fall caused by someone’s negligence, it is in your best interest to consult a seasoned premises liability attorney. The attorneys at the Alvarez Law Office in Crown Point, Indiana, with more than 60 years combined experience, have been successful in winning hundreds of slip, trip, and fall and other premises accidents in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area. To prove owner negligence, we will need to determine
- How the condition that caused the accident came to exist
- How long the condition existed
- Whether the property owner knew about the condition
- Whether the property owner violated any laws, codes, regulations, laws, or common safety practices
- Whether there have been other similar accidents on the premises
We will conduct an investigation of your accident, which may include taking photos of the scene, interviewing witnesses, and examining maintenance records. We will obtain your medical records and documentation of all your losses, including lost earnings, medical expenses, cost of required household help or assistive devices, and other intangible losses like pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
With this information, we will present a thoroughly documented claim and demand a settlement that includes full and adequate compensation for all damages, both monetary and intangible, and will negotiate with the liable party’s insurance company, or directly with the company, if self-insured. If they don’t offer a settlement amount that adequately covers all losses, we will proceed to trial. We have a proven track record of substantial settlements, jury verdicts, and satisfied clients. You will be involved and informed of what is happening in your case every step of the way. We develop close relationships with our clients, and by the time your case is complete, you’ll feel like family!
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