Some of the most devastating personal injury cases stem from slip and fall accidents. Falls can be particularly harmful for senior citizens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A serious fall can lead to long-term medical complications, including back and joint injuries. Expensive medical bills can threaten victims’ financial security, and lengthy recovery periods can prevent them from returning to work.
Fortunately, Illinois laws protect the rights of people who suffer injuries due to the negligence of others. As a slip and fall victim, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party and recover damages to pay for accident-related expenses. Taking legal action can also prevent others from falling victim to the same negligent behavior.
Three types of damages that slip and fall victims can claim in Illinois:
Slip and fall accidents often involve expensive medical bills. If your fall was the result of another person’s negligence, then he or she may be liable for your health-care expenses.
In order to bring a successful claim for medical costs, it is important that you undergo a physical evaluation as soon after the accident as possible. The doctor’s record could be a critical piece of evidence to support your claim.
The defendant may be liable for past, present and future medical bills. He or she may also have to pay for adjustments to your home that will help you cope with any physical limitations that stem from the accident.
It is not uncommon for victims to take off of work while they recover from a fall. While workers’ compensation can cover lost wages for accidents that occur on the job-site, this is not always helpful if the injury happened outside of work.
If your lawsuit is successful, then the defendant may be liable for your lost income. If you will never be able to return to work, then you may also receive compensation to pay for training in a new career.
Pain and Suffering
Victims of slip and fall accidents may have losses outside of medical bills and wages. You may also be able to recover damages to pay for pain and suffering, as well as disability or disfigurement.
If you were the victim of a slip and fall accident, contact Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. An experienced Chicago accident attorney from our firm can evaluate your case to determine if you may be eligible for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering damages from the at-fault party. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (800)-985-1819.