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I’ve been told that I am at greater risk of suffering a slip and fall accident injury because I am over the age of 65. What are my rights if I am hurt in a slip and fall? Should I contact a Milwaukee slip and fall injury lawyer?
Let’s start with your last question first. Yes, you should contact a Milwaukee slip and fall accident attorney if you have been hurt in a slip, or trip, and fall accident.
What you have heard is true: generally, people over the age of 65 are more likely to suffer injuries in slip and fall accidents than younger people. However, this generalization does not mean that you cannot recover damages if you are hurt in such an accident.
If you have been hurt in a slip, or trip and fall in Milwaukee and it was the result of another person’s negligent or deliberate actions, then you may be able to recover damages for your injuries. Your fair and equitable damages may include compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, out-of-pocket costs, lost income, pain, and suffering.
However, insurance companies may not be willing to hand over fair damages just because you are entitled to them. Instead, you and your Milwaukee fall injury lawyer may need to fight to protect your rights and potential recovery. To learn more, we invite you to request a FREE copy of our DVD, Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know, and to call our Milwaukee slip and fall lawyers at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 to learn more.
What are some of the factors for elderly slip and fall accidents in Gurnee?
The risk of becoming a Gurnee slip and fall victim increases with age. Because of this, elderly individuals should take extra precautions in order to stay safe and injury-free. The elderly are also more likely to become injured. Any injuries sustained tend to take longer to heal then they once used to.
Slip and fall accidents in Illinois are the number one cause for injury among the elderly. Studies have shown that one out of every three elderly individuals suffers from a slip and fall every year in the United States.
There are many factors that contribute to these accidents. Some of these factors are:
- Impaired Vision. Age-related eye problems, such as cataracts and glaucoma, alter the person’s peripheral vision, visual acuity, and depth perception. These altered eye conditions make people more susceptible to a slip and fall incident.
- Medication. Prescription medication can affect mental awareness, balance, concentration, and equilibrium, which can hinder a person’s ability to react to situations that may cause a fall. These effects may actually cause the fall.
- Lack of physical activity. Without regular physical activity, the body loses strength, muscle tone, bone mass, and flexibility. This not only makes a person more prone to slip and falls, but also increases the time it takes to recover from an injury.
Although these factors may play a role in causing a slip and fall accident, they do not mean that you are at fault if you have been injured.
Contact an Illinois slip and fall attorney at Hupy and Abraham to discuss your situation and find out if you may have a possible lawsuit. Call 866-625-2299 today for a free consultation.
Hupy and Abraham law firm maintains eight offices across Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. One call to us and we can direct you to an experienced attorney at your closest office.
I suffered an injury on a wet floor at the gym. There were no signs posted and I missed several weeks of work and now owe thousands in medical bills. The manager says I can't sue because I signed a “general release” when I joined. Is this true?
There is a lot of potential for injury at the gym. It is certainly easy to injure yourself while exercising. You might physically overexert yourself, you may try to lift too much weight and strain a muscle, or you could injure yourself because you didn’t know how to use an exercise machine correctly or didn’t read the warnings. This is why many gyms require that members sign a general release. It is to protect the gym if the patron doesn’t take the necessary precautions to prevent injury.
However, a release is not enough to excuse the gym from liability if negligence caused your injury.
Slip and fall accidents at the gym are often the result of negligence on the part of the staff or owner. They often occur on wet floors and slick surfaces, including freshly mopped floors in lobbies, newly wet floors in locker rooms, changing rooms, bathrooms, and near swimming pools.
It is important that gyms place warning signs wherever there is a wet floor or the potential for a wet floor and install drainage systems to prevent water build-up. Areas such as shower rooms that are frequently wet should have non-slip surfaces and grab bars to prevent falls. A staff member should check those areas regularly to make sure that they don’t pose a danger to the public.
The Milwaukee slip and fall injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham suggest that anyone injured at the gym consult a Wisconsin personal injury lawyer immediately to determine if the gym’s negligence contributed to the injury. The lawyer will review the release to make sure that the victim’s rights are protected and will advise about the best way to get compensation for the injury. To schedule a free consultation with a Wisconsin gym injury attorney, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.
How can I reduce the risk of being involved in a Gurnee slip and fall accident?
Slip and fall accidents in Illinois are quite common—probably more common than most would think. In fact, in the United States there are over one million slip and fall injuries every year. Over seventeen thousand of these injuries will result in the victim’s death. Slip and fall injuries account for twelve to fifteen percent of all workplace-related injuries.
With so many injuries and deaths caused by slip and fall accidents, it is important to take preventative steps in order to reduce the odds of becoming a victim. If you have been injured due to a slip and fall accident in Gurnee, it is not necessarily your fault. There are, however, some things you can do to prevent being involved in an accident of this sort, such as:
- Take your time. When you are in unfamiliar areas, take your time and walk with caution. Hurrying can cause you to lose control and slip or fall.
- Make adjustments. If you notice that the ground you are walking on is wet or uneven, you should make adjustments to your walking in order to keep your balance.
- Use a light. If you know that a place you are going to be is dark or dim then you should plan on taking some sort of light source. A good idea is to keep a small LED light on your key chain just in case you get in an unexpected dark situation.
- Maintain a clear line of sight. Keep your line of sight clear so that you will be able to see and adjust to any obstructions or dangerous objects that may be in your path.
If you have been injured due to a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced Illinois slip and fall accident attorney can help get you the compensation you deserve. Call 866-625-2299 today to discuss your legal options with the Gurnee personal injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham.
I broke my ankle when I slipped and fell on some steps at the mall. I was holding a large box, so the manager said it was my fault. But I fell because the step was loose. Who is responsible for my Wisconsin slip and fall accident?
Sometimes, slips and falls—even slips and falls on stairways—are entirely our own fault. They may be due to carelessness, clumsiness, poor shoe choice, or lack of caution. In other cases, stairway accidents can be easily attributed to the property owner. The stairway may not meet building codes, it was poorly lit, there was damage to steps, or there was debris that contributed to the fall.
It may not be surprising that in almost every Wisconsin slip and fall case, the insurance company will consider whether the victim’s own carelessness contributed to the stairway accident. The insurance company will take into account what you were doing, what you were wearing, and whether you were acting with reasonable care when your injury occurred. They might decide that you are partly to blame for the accident. The term "comparative negligence" is used when both the victim and the property owner are found at fault for an injury.
So, who is responsible for your Wisconsin slip and fall accident injury? It’s hard to tell without an investigation. Some things a Milwaukee injury attorney will consider when determining liability are:
- How long has the step been loose?
- Did the property owner or manager know about the loose step? Should they have known?
- Were there hazard signs, construction tape, or other warnings posted to alert you to the loose step?
- Is it reasonable to expect that people using the stairway would be carrying large objects?
- Would you have fallen on the loose step if you were not carrying the box?
- Have others been injured on the same step?
Because every case is different, we suggest that you contact a Milwaukee slip and fall lawyer at Hupy and Abraham immediately to schedule a free consultation. The attorney will investigate your claim and determine who is liable for your injuries. Call Hupy and Abraham today at 800-800-5678. Both the call and the consultation are free.
Who will pay my medical bills if I injure my knee in a Milwaukee slip and fall accident?
That depends on how you were injured and whether you are entitled to a legal recovery pursuant to Wisconsin premises liability law.
Of course, you will likely need medical treatment before a settlement can be reached or a jury verdict can be entered. You should not delay medical treatment pending the outcome of your legal case. In many cases, your health insurance policy will cover at least some of the costs of your medical treatments.
Yet you may still be left with some out of pocket costs. You may have to use up your deductible before your insurance company will begin paying, for example, or you may require medical or rehabilitation treatment that your insurance company will not cover. In those cases, you may try to recover your costs by contacting an experienced Milwaukee slip and fall lawyer and fighting hard for your just recovery of damages.
You should not have to suffer the economic burden of outstanding medical bills along with the physical pain and inconvenience that you are suffering as a result of your fall accident. Milwaukee lawyers understand this and want to help you. Please call our Milwaukee slip and fall law firm today at 1-800-800-5678 (toll-free) or 414-223-4800 (local) to learn more about your rights.
Additionally, we invite you to learn more about how to deal with insurance companies and protect your rights by ordering our FREE DVD: Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know.
I broke my leg when I slipped after walking out of the restroom at a local pool. How do I know who is responsible for my Wisconsin slip and fall injury?
Every day, an average of nine people drown in the United States. Many more are permanently injured in near-drownings; however, drownings and near-drownings aren’t the only types of swimming pool accidents. Faulty or outdated equipment can cause life-threatening injuries, including swimming pool drain disembowelment. Improperly stored chemicals can cause burns, poisonings and other injuries. Slick wet surfaces mean that slips and falls are almost inevitable. Because of these dangers, owners and managers of public swimming pools must do what they can to minimize the risk of injury on their property. When a pool owner fails to meet safety standards or fails to warn of dangerous conditions at a swimming pool, he can be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result of his negligence.
Wisconsin swimming pool accidents include:
- Slip and falls
- Drain accidents
- Equipment failure accidents
- Chemical exposure accidents
- Diving accidents
If you or a loved one was injured at a Wisconsin swimming pool, you will need to know the following in order to determine who is responsible for the injury.
- Who owns the pool? In most cases, the owner of the pool is responsible for ensuring that safety standards are met.
- Who was responsible for pool safety? Were there enough lifeguards at the pool? Was the lifeguard distracted?
- Were there dangerous conditions at the pool?
- Were any Wisconsin pool safety regulations violated?
While you may not be familiar with all the pool safety precautions required under Wisconsin law, your Wisconsin personal injury attorney will be able to tell you if the owners failed to meet swimming pool safety guidelines and whether you have a Wisconsin swimming pool injury claim. To learn more, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.
My doctor says that we won’t know the full extent of my injuries for some time. How will that impact my legal recovery after a Milwaukee slip and fall accident?
You are right to consider both your physical and legal recoveries after a Milwaukee fall accident. Your goal is understandably—and correctly—to recover a fair amount of damages for the actual damages that you incurred in your fall accident. It can be difficult to know what those damages are if your doctor is uncertain about your future recovery.
However, that should not discourage you from contacting an experienced Milwaukee slip and fall accident lawyer as soon as possible. You may still have a limited time to file a Wisconsin slip and fall case. It is important to file your case with in the required time frame in order to protect your potential recovery.
During the discovery phase of your personal injury lawsuit, and as your Milwaukee slip and fall attorney negotiates potential settlements with the defendants and their insurers, the issue of your injuries will come up. In order to settle a case or recover damages at trial, you doctor—and potentially other expert witnesses—will need to testify as to the reasonable likelihood of your future injuries. They do not need to know the extent of your future injuries for certain, but rather they need to be able to make reasonable and professional predictions about the injuries and how they may impact your life.
For more information about possible damages after a fall, please call an experienced Milwaukee fall injury attorney at 1-800-800-5678 or 1-414-223-4800. For more information about possible settlements please watch a FREE copy of our DVD: Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know.
My 16-year-old brother is starting a part-time job at a Green Bay fast food restaurant. He wants to avoid a slip-and-fall accident on the floor at work. Should he wear sneakers?
It depends on what type of sole the shoe has. People who work in an environment that is likely to become wet or slippery—such as a restaurant or grocery store—should wear shoes with non-slip soles.
Buy Decent Shoes
Your brother should go to a reputable shoe store that sells high-quality footwear. He should tell the shoe dealer where he will be working and what type of work he will be doing.
According to the National Safety Council Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, shoes that have a chevron or cleat design on the soles are the best shoes for slippery surfaces. They provide suction with the surface and can help employees avoid a Green Bay slip-and-fall injury. Softer soles are good for indoors, while the harder cleated soles are better for outdoors.
Learn How to Fall
Because even the most careful employee may still have a slip-and-fall accident in Wisconsin, your brother should know how to fall to minimize the risk of injury. Here are the “correct” ways to fall:
- Tuck in your chin, turn your head, and throw your arm up to protect your head.
- As you fall, twist your body so that you land on your bottom or side rather than your back.
- Keep your wrists, elbows, and knees bent, and don’t try to break the fall with your hands or elbows.
Try to have as much of your body as possible come in contact with the surface; this keeps the impact from being concentrated in one place, by spreading force of the fall across the whole area of your body.
If you slip and fall at work in Green Bay, contact the Green Bay slip-and-fall lawyers at Hupy and Abraham. Call us locally at 920-593-5050 or 800-800-5678 toll-free, or fill out our online form for a FREE consultation.
My dad slipped on the Madison ice outside his office. He didn’t black out, and he said he felt fine, but his doctor insisted that he stay in the hospital overnight to avoid “talk and die syndrome.” What did he mean?
Your father’s doctor was referring to a situation in which someone is talking and seems fine after a blow to the head but rapidly begins to deteriorate. What usually is responsible is called an epidural hematoma. Immediately after the injury, blood begins to leak inside the head, forming a pressurized sac of fluid between the cover of the brain, or dura, and the skull. The pressure compresses the brain tissue and causes it to swell. If untreated, the person will lose consciousness, fall into a coma, and possibly die.
Most epidural hematomas result from a blow to the temporal bone, which is a relatively weak section of the skull right above the ear. This area and the back of the skull are the most likely places on the head to be bumped in a fall on ice or snow in Wisconsin. Relieving the pressure on the brain is imperative, and this is usually done by performing a partial craniotomy, in which a piece of the skull is removed.
An epidural hematoma is best detected with a CT scan.
If you have experienced a head injury in a Wisconsin slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. Seek help from the experienced Madison slip-and-fall attorneys at Hupy and Abraham. Call us locally at 608-277-7777 or toll free at 888-277-4879, or fill out our online form for a FREE consultation.