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  • I was involved in a slip and fall accident in Gurnee, Illinois. How do I know if I have a possible case to recover damages?

    It is amazing that with all of the modern day technologies—cars, scooters, bikes, elevators, and escalators—that are any slip and fall accidents at all. Not only are there still slip and fall accidents, but there is a large number of them occurring. In fact, there are over one million slip and fall injuries every year in the United States.

    Since you are one of the unlucky ones who has been involved in a Gurnee slip and fall, it is important for you to know that you may be entitled to compensation. There are a few factors that will give you a general idea of whether or not you have a possible case, they are:

    • Liability. The first thing to prove in an Illinois slip and fall claim is liability. As a victim, you must be able to prove that the person occupying or owning the property failed to act responsibly. Eyewitnesses, pictures, videos, or expert testimony can help prove this.
    • Damages. The next thing that you will want to determine is whether or not there were damages or losses incurred form the accident. Damages can include both tangible losses (for instance, lost wages from missed work) and intangible losses (such as emotional distress and pain).
    • Causation. Lastly, you will want to determine if there was causation. This simply means that there was a defect on the premises that caused you to fall, causing damages.

    If you feel that are the victim of a slip and fall due to the negligence of another, it is important to seek compensation. Contact a Gurnee slip and fall lawyer at Hupy and Abraham to begin your claim. Call 866-625-2299 to discuss your legal options with an Illinois injury trial attorney.

  • I was injured when a large can fell off the shelf when I was shopping at a Des Moines warehouse store. What should I do?

    Warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s Club have great deals, but a serious injury is no bargain. Most grocery stores do their best to maintain safe conditions and prevent injuries to the public, but any time merchandise is stored on high shelves, there is a risk of injury from falling objects.

    If are injured by a falling object, it is a good idea take steps to protect your Iowa injury claim. Your first step is to take care of your immediate medical needs. If you think you might be seriously injured, ask a store manager to call 911. While you are waiting for the ambulance, see if you can get the names and contact numbers of any witnesses. Get the names of any store employees who helped you. If your injuries allow, use your cell phone to take pictures of the scene. Before leaving the store, ask the manager how you can get a copy of the accident report.

    See the doctor as soon as possible. Follow all of your doctor’s instructions for follow-up care. Take pictures of your injuries. These will help support your case if the warehouse store denies that the injury was their fault.

    You may get a phone call from the store manager, the corporate office, or the warehouse store’s insurance company. Be careful about what you say during the call; the representative’s goal is to release the store from liability. You don’t want to say anything that can be used to discredit your case. Avoid answers such as “I’m fine” that may be misinterpreted. Stick to facts, but don’t give too many details. You may also direct the representative to your Des Moines personal injury lawyer.

    The Des Moines store injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham will investigate your injury and obtain the evidence needed to protect your Iowa injury case. To schedule a free consultation, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

  • I was injured in a slip and fall accident in Wisconsin due to the negligence of another. How can I determine whether or not I should file a claim?

    Slip and fall accidents in Milwaukee are quite common. Many times they result in injuries and even death. Many times a fall leaves us embarrassed or ashamed, as onlookers laugh and gawk at the accident. What these people don’t understand is that there is no way you could have prevented the accident from happening.

    When you slip and fall on someone else’s property, it is possible that they are at fault and not you. If you are not at fault, you may be entitled to compensation. To determine whether or not you should pursue a claim and seek compensation, there are three criteria which must be met:

    • Liability. The first thing to determine is who is liable for the accident and damages. Proving that the person occupying the building or property committed a careless act or failed to act responsibly will determine if you have a case or not. It can be proven by eyewitnesses, pictures, videos, and expert witnesses.
    • Damages. The next thing is to determine the damages or losses you incurred from the accident. Damages can include both tangible and intangible losses. Loss of income, medical costs, pain and suffering, and emotional damage will all be considered a loss.
    • Causation. Causation means that there was a defect on the premises that caused you to fall and caused the damages.

    If you believe that these three criteria were met in your slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal options, contact a Milwaukee slip and fall attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.

  • What are some of the common on-the-job slip and fall accidents in Wisconsin?

    Most people wake up every day and head to work with no worries of injury on their minds. It is the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees. Unfortunately, many employers do not provide a safe work environment and as a result, their employees will become injured in a slip and fall accident.

    Slip and fall incidents that occur on the job can cause serious injuries. Many victims of a slip and fall suffer injuries that are very serious, causing lifelong complications. Some of the common causes for slip and fall accidents at the workplace include:

    • Office mishaps. Most people think that slip and falls only happen at physically demanding jobs such as construction or maintenance. On the contrary, a large number of slip and fall accidents happen in an office setting. Wires, bunched up carpet, furnishings, and office clutter are all common causes of slip and fall accidents.
    • Spills. Many jobs require workers to be around chemical and liquids. These liquids can cause the floors to be slippery if they spill. If not properly cleaned up in a quick manner, liquids spilled can pose a great hazard in the workplace.
    • Working high up. Workers who are required to use ladders or scaffolds high off the ground are at a great risk for serious injuries. Their falls generally have devastating consequences.

    If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident it is important to know your legal options. Contact a Wisconsin slip and fall attorney at Hupy and Abraham S.C. to discuss your accident. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.

  • I’m not old and I have no underlying medical conditions. Yet, I was hurt in a recent Milwaukee slip and fall accident. Will this fall really impact my life? Is it important for me to contact a Milwaukee slip and fall injury lawyer?

    Every slip and fall accident results in unique injuries for the person who fell. Some people suffer no more than a scraped knee and have no reason to contact a Milwaukee slip and fall injury attorney. However, other people suffer more significant injuries that require medical attention and may keep them away from work or school for a period of time.

    Your doctor may be able to give you a better idea of how your fall injury will impact your life in both the short term and the long term. If you have incurred medical expenses or missed time from school, work, or your normal routine, then it may be important to contact an experienced Milwaukee slip and fall attorney. Your injuries may be legally significant and you may have the right to recover damages for the injuries that you suffered.

    Damages for a slip and fall injury may include compensation for your past, present, and future medical expenses—including physical therapy or occupational therapy, should you need it; lost income for your time out of work; out-of-pocket costs if you needed transportation help, cleaning help, child care, or had other expenses you don’t typically incur; and pain and suffering.

    For more information and for a free consultation, we invite you to contact an experienced Wisconsin slip and fall lawyer today via our website or by calling us at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.

  • Is it possible for my slip and fall accident in Gurnee to cause depression?

    The severity of a slip and fall injury in Illinois can vary greatly. Some victims may suffer a little more than a bit of embarrassment, while others may be severely injured. The pain and suffering caused by a slip and fall can be incapacitating. The injuries can be as disabling as a broken back, traumatic brain injury, or broken neck.

    The combination of the severe pain, inability to live a normal life, and financial losses can cause grief for the victim. This can lead to a Gurnee slip and fall victim to fall into depression. Depression is a serious side effect that should never be taken lightly.

    It is important to understand the symptoms of depression in order to seek the appropriate help. Some of these symptoms include:

    • Sadness. It is normal for a person to go through a range of emotions in a given day. This includes being sad or unhappy. It should become a concern when that sadness lasts for a longer than normal period.
    • Frustration. Irritability and frustration are common signs of depression. When depressed, the littlest things may cause a person to become frustrated.
    • Change in appetite. Depression often causes the person to lack an appetite and ultimately lose weight. In some people, it may actually cause increase appetite and weight gain.
    • Worthlessness. Suffering from depression may cause a feeling of worthlessness or guilt. Often a depressed person will fixate on past failures or blame himself when things aren’t going right.

    If you have been injured in a slip and fall and are feeling any signs of depression, it is important to contact a health care professional.

    The next step should be to contact an experienced slip and fall accident attorney in Gurnee. The personal injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham have a sterling reputation for getting clients the compensation they deserve. Call 888-277-4879 for a free case evaluation.

  • I was recently at my Wisconsin doctor’s office and I slipped on some wet flooring. I ended up getting hurt. The doctor said he would take care of me and I shouldn’t worry about it, but I’m still experiencing pain. What should I do?

    Doctors’ offices are typically busy places. There are many people walking around on uncarpeted floors with cups of water, other liquids, and wet shoes. While it is understandable that doctors’ offices need to remain uncarpeted for health reasons, you have experienced one of the risks posed by the sometimes slippery floors.

    We are sure that your physician feels badly about what happened to you and genuinely wants to help you heal from the slip and fall injuries that you sustained at his office. However, your damages may be beyond what the doctor can fix simply with medical care. For example, in addition to needing medical care you may require:

    • Rehabilitation therapy, such as physical therapy.
    • Compensation for your lost income, if you are out of work due to your injuries.
    • Compensation for any out-of-pocket expenses, such as child care or temporary housecleaning help that you require due to your injuries.
    • Other expenses that may arise because of your current disability.

    Your doctor may not be able—or may not have offered—to help you with these damages. Accordingly, it is important to contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyer who can help you get the recovery that you deserve. For more information, we invite you to contact us today via this website or by calling 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.

  • How can I prevent my child from becoming injured in a Gurnee slip and fall accident?

    Unfortunately, we cannot always protect our children from injury. There are times when, out of the negligence of others, a child becomes injured. Often this is due to what is known as slip and fall accidents. Slip and falls account for a high number of injuries for children, as well as for adults.

    The best way to prevent our children from becoming injured in a slip and fall accident is to take the proper steps as a parent. Taking the steps to ensure your child is protected will greatly reduce the odds of your child being injured. It will also let you be at ease while your child lives a normal life.

    To help prevent your child from being involved in a slip and fall you should:

    • Supervise. Young children and infants should always be well supervised. Watch carefully anytime your child is on a bed, on furniture, or anywhere where a fall is possible.
    • Use gates. Use child safety gates to block off areas that may pose a threat to your toddler. This can include wet floors, tiles, stairs, and balconies.
    • Strap in. Be sure to always strap your young child into her high chair, changing table, shopping cart, and stroller.
    • Teach. Teach—and lead by example—when it comes to safety. Always wear a helmet when biking, skating, skateboarding, or scootering.

    You should always do your best to keep your child safe from a slip and fall in Illinois. Even though you do your best, accidents caused by other people’s negligence still may happen. In this instance, it is important to contact an Illinois slip and fall attorney at Hupy and Abraham to seek the compensation you deserve. Call 866-625-2299 today for a free consultation.

  • I broke my arm and dislocated my elbow when I slipped on a soapy floor at the laundromat. The soap had almost dried and was difficult to see. There were no signs posted. Who is liable for Wisconsin laundromat injury?

    We rarely think of laundromats as dangerous, yet a combination of soap, water and electrical machines create the potential for serious injuries. Slips, trips, and falls are common causes of Madison laundromat injuries.

    Like all Wisconsin business owners, laundromat owners have a duty to provide a safe environment for customers and to protect or warn customers about any known dangers. Since soap spills are to be expected in a laundromat, it would make sense to have a staff member who posts warning signs and cleans up spills before they can cause injury. It would also make sense to clean floors regularly, so soap spills don’t dry and cause slippery patches.

    Because your injury was caused by a dangerous condition at the laundromat, you may be able to successfully sue the laundromat owner for any damages associated with your injured arm. However, you and your Madison personal injury lawyer will have to prove the following:

    • Your injuries were caused by a dangerous condition at the laundromat (soap spill).
    • The owner either knew about the dangerous condition, or he should have known about it and failed to warn about or correct the dangerous situation (the owner did not clean the spill or post warning signs).

    Comparative negligence

    While the laundromat owner has a duty to protect patrons from known dangers, laundromat customers also have a duty to avoid obvious dangers. If you slip after purposely walking through a pile of powdered detergent, the property owner may claim that the accident was partly your fault. If the jury agrees, they will reduce your settlement by a percentage proportional to your share of the blame.

    The Madison slip and fall injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham advise that anyone who is seriously at a laundromat or other business consult with a personal injury lawyer. You may have a Wisconsin premises liability claim. To schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Madison, contact Hupy and Abraham at 1-888-277-4879.

  • I was hurt when I slipped on some ice at a local store in Milwaukee. What should I do? Can I recover financial damages and should I contact a Milwaukee personal injury attorney for help?

    It depends on where exactly you slipped and what caused the ice and snow. Generally, you might be unable to recover if you slipped on snow or ice that occurred naturally on the sidewalk outside of the store. However, if the icy conditions outside where caused by a leak that the property owner knew about—or should have known about—or if the icy conditions occurred inside of the store, then you may be able to recover damages for your slip and fall injuries in Wisconsin.

    Wisconsin premises liability law, which applies to slip and fall accidents at stores and all other properties in the state, can be complicated. It can be hard to know whether you may be entitled to financial relief from your slip and fall accident injuries and it can be difficult to get an accurate answer from a store owner, store manager or insurance adjuster.

    Accordingly, if you have any question about your possible recovery from a slip and fall at a Milwaukee store or other Wisconsin property, then we encourage you to contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyer today to find out more about your legal rights and possible financial recovery. Our lawyers welcome you to contact us via this website or by calling us directly at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.