An unfortunate reality for those who live in Chicago is that a slip-and-fall accident can happen at any time. Whether you are out shopping, at home with your family, or even walking the streets of the city, you may find yourself the unwilling victim of an accident and may even suffer harm as a result.
There is a common perception among some that slip-and-fall accidents are always minor. However, that could not be further from the truth. While some instances are minor and do not cause any damages, others are extreme and can lead to serious, debilitating injuries or even death. This can be true when a slip-and-fall accident happens on a work site or in an office where a victim is employed.
Slip-and-fall accidents are one of the most commonly reported on-the-job injuries accounting for 25 percent of annual injury claims, according to the United States Department of Labor. Slips, trips, and falls also account for 15 percent of accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicle accidents in America. These accidents are very common in the food service industry and with factory workers as it is very common for products to spill onto the floor. Hospital and school employees are also likely to experience a slip and fall as are those who work in a factory, on an assembly line, in a construction zone, or with hazardous materials. Slip-and-fall incidents are also obviously likely to occur to those who work on boats or docks given the proximity to water.
Why Do Slip-and-Fall Accidents Happen?
There are many reasons why slip-and-fall accidents happen in a workplace setting and any of them can prove to be a dangerous condition. In some instances, an employee does not receive proper training about the position she will be working, leading her to create a hazard that threatens both her own safety and the safety of others. In other cases, defective machinery may lead fluids to leak and/or pool in an area heavily traffic by workers, inviting them to slip-and-fall while they are going about their assigned tasks. And yet in other cases, the nature of a specific job may make falling more likely than others, including positions which require outdoor work in the elements or jobs that focus on cleanups of spills.
Experts agree that the culture of some employers leads to situations where slip-and-falls are not only possible but likely. If a company demands its workers hustle from location to location or that they skip important safety steps while working, those workers are more likely to suffer and more prone to injuries in response. Further, a culture at work that makes light of employee safety is one where accidents will be more common and where more lives will be affected by those on-the-job incidents.
Regardless of why the situation happened, in Illinois, it is an employer’s duty to make sure employees remain safe from harm, including harm caused by a premises liability accident. Failing to do so may make an employer liable or may assert liability onto another, like the owner of a building, a corporation, or an employee of another company.
Relief for Chicago Slip-and-Fall Accident Victims
While it is always an undesirable event to be injured while working, the good news is that employees in Illinois are protected by several laws so that they can obtain the help they need and deserve following a workplace accident. Injured employees have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits which may entitle them to paid medical treatment, wages while they are off work, and a lump sum payment to cover their damages.
Injured workers may also have the right to bring a third party claim in a court of law for their injuries and the damages done to them. The facts surrounding a particular incident will determine whether a third party claim is possible, and if so, which third party or parties are responsible for the incident.
Whether you are interested in a workers’ compensation claim, a third party negligence claim, or both, working with an experienced personal injury attorney can be very beneficial as a lawyer can make sure your best interests are represented. From complying with court deadlines to ensuring you receive an appropriate amount of compensation, an attorney can be an invaluable asset to your claim.
The legal team at Abels & Annes, P.C. has represented countless victims of personal injury accidents over the years and if you have been hurt, we want to help you as well. We will offer you a no-cost, no-obligation case consultation when you call us toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442), locally at (312) 924-7575, or contact us online. To help you, we have a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call. Further, if we represent you in your case, we will never charge you a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
If you were hurt in a slip-and-fall accident at your job, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today at (855) LAW-CHICAGO for a free case consultation.