Slip & Fall Lawyers

Fadi Rustom

Fadi Rustom

Personal Injury Lawyer

Serving personal injury clients in Peoria, Illinois since 2005, Fadi Rustom puts his clients’ best interests first and fights for their greatest recovery of compensation from their injuries. 

Slip and Fall Attorneys in Peoria, IL

Over 2.5 million adults visited emergency rooms in the U.S. after suffering injuries from a non-fatal falls – more than 734,000 patients were admitted to hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Some serious injuries including hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries that people sustained is due to falls, which often times makes it difficult to live independently. Falls can lead to traumatic brain injuries and death.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics reveal that about 25,500 older adults died from a fall accident in 2013, and approximately half of these deaths results in traumatic brain injuries.

Older adults are more at risk of serious injury or death if they slip and fall.

Falls were the top cause of injury for people of all ages between the years of 1997 and 2007 according to the National Business Group on Health fact sheet. These injuries ranged from mild to severe and life-threatening.

Anyone who is injured in a slip and fall has the legal right to obtain compensation for any injuries sustained from the person or company that caused the accident.

Let attorney Fadi B. Rustom of Hall, Rustom & Fritz help you or your loved ones make your case.

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Call Fadi Rustom at his Peoria law offices today to get a free analysis and strategy session to discuss your personal injury claim.

Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?

Slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere – at work, at the shopping mall, at a friend’s house or even at home. When a slip and fall accident occurs on someone else’s property, the victim can take legal action against the owner of the property or the person who is occupying the property, if this owner of occupier fails to adequately warn the victim about a fall hazard or correcting it in a timely manner.

See some examples of slip and fall cases:

  • Hotels: Millions of people stay at hotels each year, but not everyone of them has everything safe.  Ice, or wet floors may be hidden dangers when staying the night away from your home.
  • Stores: When people go shopping, they should be safe from hazards that may cause them to fall over and be injured. Shopping malls and grocery stores are very common places for slip and fall injuries.
  • Restaurants: When plates of food and drink are carried about, of course people may fall over and hurt themselves. No one wants their next trip to their favorite restaurant to end with injury, but it hapens.
  • Work: some jobs are more dangerous than others – most often injuries suffered at work are covered by worker’s compensation insurance policies that all businesses with employees must buy.
  • Stairs: Whether ice and snow, or just distractions from everyday life like dogs or grocery bags, maybe even a new text or mobile alert causes you to lose concentration and ends with a nasty injury from a fall.

How Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?

Here are some common reasons that can cause slips and falls:

  • Changes in flooring surface (loose floorboards, carpets, especially on stairs)
  • Wet or slippery surfaces or polished floors
  • Spilled liquids that are not cleaned up
  • Ice or snow
  • Uneven pavement or gravel
  • Cracks in sidewalks or flooring
  • Stairs that are too steep, that have broken handrails or that have narrow treads
  • Debris, trash or foreign objects in walkways
  • Potholes
  • Curbs
  • Changes in the height of the floor or ground (such as a small step down).

Many of these accidents can be avoided if there were proper maintenance and reasonable care taken in ensuring safety for visitors. The owner or the occupier/tenant of the property should take adequate steps to warn visitors if there are any hazards that cannot be fixed or corrected.

Taking Legal Action After a Slip and Fall

To make a personal injury claim against the owner of the property or the person occupying the property, who was at that time responsible for the maintenance on the property, the victim has to file a slip and fall claim that needs to show that:

  • The owner or the occupier/tenant had a legal obligation to the victim to make the property safe and that the owner of the occupier/tenant had fallen short in fulfilling that obligation;
  • The victim suffered harm as a result of the owner’s or occupier/tenant’s actions or negligence.

It can be difficult to prove these factors, specifically when there are rules on how evidence is collected and presented in court. A slip and fall attorney at Hall, Rustom & Fritz can help you gather the necessary evidence and try to help you claim what you rightly deserve.

Types of Slip and Fall Injuries

As a victim of a slip and fall, the amount of money that can be recovered from the property owner or occupier/tenant who was responsible for the accident will depend on how seriously the victim was hurt. Some common injuries that are the cause of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Fractures/broken bones. Hip fractures are a common result of slip and falls among the elderly, but anyone of any age can break a bone in a fall. Although these types of injuries are not likely to be proven as fatal, medical treatment required are costly .
  • Death. In worst cases, a slip and fall can lead to death, especially when the victim fell from a great height. Anyone can suffer fatal injuries in slip and fall accidents.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/ head trauma. Having the head to have hard contact with the ground during a slip and fall can cause the victim to develop this condition, which may result in ongoing cognitive impairment, mood swings, worsening headaches, and other symptoms. The consequences of a brain injury from a fall can be very severe.
  • Spinal cord injury.The chances of damaging the spinal cord and experiencing full or partial paralysis are very high if anyone falls on their back. Adults over the age of 65 with degenerative back conditions are more likely to suffer significant spinal cord injuries when they trip and fall.
  • Neck, shoulder, and back injuries. These injuries can include damage to the soft tissues range from minor ankle and wrist sprains to devastating tears in tendons and ligaments.
  • Knee injuries and permanent scarring. Injuries to the knee from a fall may include damage to soft tissues including sprains, strains, and tears. It is possible that there could be permanent scarring as a result of the slip and fall.

Some victims may be forced to undergo lengthy and expensive medical treatments and rehabilitation. They may experience ongoing pain as well as affect their ability to perform their work.

The law allows for the victim to be compensated for all of the costs and consequences of fall accidents including medical expenses arising from injuries, loss of earnings, pain and suffering damages, and emotional distress damages. If the fall leads to a death, the surviving family members of the victim can recover compensation for loss of life of the victim and other wrongful death damages.

Our Slip and Fall Attorneys at Hall, Rustom & Fritz Can Help

At Hall, Rustom & Fritz, our policy is to put our clients first. When you or a loved one suffers a slip and fall injury, there are two ways to resolve your personal injury or wrongful death claim and to get the compensation you deserve:

  1. to negotiate a settlement agreement, giving up your right to sue in exchange for payment; or
  2. to take your claim to court and prove your case.

We are happy to offer you a free consultation to help you decide how to handle your claim and to answer any questions that you have.

Call us at (309) 699-4691 or fill out the form and get your FREE strategy conference today.

 

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CONTACT INJURY ATTORNEY OF PEORIA

316 SW Washington Street, Suite 1A  Peoria, Illinois 61602

(309) 699-4691

info@injuryattorneypeoria.com

Let's Get Started

CONTACT INJURY ATTORNEY OF PEORIA

316 SW Washington Street, Suite 1A  Peoria, Illinois 61602

(309) 699-4691

info@injuryattorneypeoria.com

316 SW Washington Street, Suite 1A
Peoria, Illinois 61602

Phone: (309) 699-4691 || Fax:  309-699-4693

Email:  frustom@hallrustomfritz.com