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Understand your risks during fall awareness week

At the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid, we are all too aware that people in Illinois and elsewhere get hurt all the time in falls. Whether you slip on wet tile at the grocery store or fall off a ladder at work, this is one way you can get seriously injured – or worse – when you least expect it.

In fact, falls happen so often across the country that the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence has designated September 23 through 29 as Fall Prevention Awareness Week. You might consider the following solutions to prevent serious injuries in a fall:

  • Always use a stepping stool or ladder to reach a high place, and never step up on an unstable or wheeled object, such as an office chair.
  • Clean up clutter, cords and other obstacles from walkways.
  • Use extreme caution when working from heights, stepping on broken pavement or walking near a drop.
  • Watch out for folded mats, wet floors, ice patches and other things you can trip or slip on.
  • Wear non-slip shoes in adverse weather or if you work on slick surfaces.
  • Ask your employer to provide education on avoiding falls in the workplace and to supply safety equipment when necessary.

When you are aware of your surroundings, observant of safety measures and proactive in addressing risks, you may protect yourself, your co-workers and others from injuries. Our premises liability page explains your rights if you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, such as an employer or property owner.

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    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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