What is often viewed as a minor event, a slip, trip, or fall accident, can result in serious harm to the victim. These injuries can be life-altering, permanent, or disabling, even causing brain injury in extreme cases. Sometimes injuries are immediately apparent, while other times, they take hours, days, or even weeks to manifest. For these reasons, you should never take a slip and fall incident lightly. If you do happen to trip while in public, document the incident, take photos, and schedule a visit with your doctor immediately. You should consider hiring the Chicago slip and fall and premises liability lawyers at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd. to ensure that, if you do sustain or develop a severe injury, you have the knowledgeable legal representation you need on your side to recover compensation for your harms.
In some lucky instances, a slip and fall results in nothing more than embarrassment. However, luck is not always on one’s side. At Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., our Chicago slip and fall lawyers have helped countless victims and their families recover compensation a few of the following types of injuries:
Each of the aforementioned types of injuries can be both painful and costly. Not to mention, each requires extensive medical care, which means time off work and lost wages. If you are the victim of a slip and fall, you should not have to be held financially accountable for another person’s negligence. The negligent party should be held liable for all costs associated with your injury, and it is our goal to ensure that this occurs.
The goal of awarding damages in slip and fall claims is to make the plaintiff “whole,” or to put him or her in the same position in which he or she would have been had the incident not occurred. The type of damages designed to do this are called compensatory damages. Compensatory damages typically include the following:
How much in damages and the type of damages the court will award depends on the extent of the injury and the total financial cost of the injury. The courts may award punitive damages. However, it will only do so if the defendant’s conduct was particularly malicious or intentional, which is why they are generally not appropriate in tort actions based on negligence.
Proving negligence in slip, trip, and fall claims hinges on proving four elements to be true: duty, breach, causation, and damages.
If you sustained serious injuries in a premises liability accident such as a slip and fall, contact the Chicago personal injury attorneys at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd. as soon as possible. If we agree to work together, our attorneys can help you gather the appropriate evidence and build a substantial case. We can also aggressively pursue a sizeable settlement or verdict on your behalf. Schedule your free consultation today.