When Illinois residents enter into a store of any kind, they expect to be able to browse and shop without having to worry about slipping and falling on a substance that shouldn't be on the floor. Unfortunately, slip-and-fall accidents like this occur all too frequently. These accidents can lead to some serious injuries which often require time off from work, a prolonged stay in the hospital and/or ongoing rehabilitation.
As many Illinois residents may already know, it is often more than a person's pride that is wounded when they take a fall in a public place. Serious injuries can lead to long recoveries or even permanent injuries. As the medical bills and lost income add up, who is at fault for slip-and-fall accidents can become important.
Consumers throughout Illinois expect a safe environment when they visit a local business. They expect an entryway free from trip hazards, enough spacing in the aisles and flooring that does not present a likelihood of slip-and-fall accidents. Slip-and-fall accidents are not only embarrassing to the individual, but they can be dangerous also.
The family of a 69-year-old woman recently learned a jury awarded their loved one $16 million related to debilitating injuries she suffered in a slip and fall accident. Unfortunately, news of the multi-million dollar settlement was bittersweet as the woman is no longer able to communicate or take care of herself.
Readers of this personal injury law blog know that a property owner bears certain responsibilities to invited guests. In the commercial setting, injuries that are alleged to occur because of a hazardous on-site condition may give rise to a premises liability suit.
Kids in Illinois and across the nation may go to great lengths to make an impression with their Halloween costumes. Often, such effort requires homemade innovations and personal accessorizing. With Halloween and other autumn shopping well underway, Illinois consumers have likely encountered busy department stores. However, high volume is no excuse for a slip-and-fall that might occur on the premises.
An escalator accident occurred in Duluth, Minnesota, this past week that left 4 children and 1 adult seeking treatment for injuries at a local hospital. It occurred this past Wednesday when the children were being escorted through a downtown building when they became trapped on the escalator with a total of 20 people.
Illinois readers likely know about the doctrine of separation of church and state. Thanks to the First Amendment, religious establishments are not subject to censorship from government officials. Yet that freedom of expression may not extend to crowd control.
School bus crashes are among the most troubling kind of accidents to read about, even for Illinois readers who are not parents. Perhaps the reason is evolutionary, attributable to a shared instinct among adults to protect younger generations. Perhaps especially young school children are more easily seen as defenseless, or potential victims. Whatever the reason, almost no one wants tragedy to befall children whose futures are still ahead of them.