While some environmental factors, such as icy sidewalks and cluttered staircases, can make anyone fall, you are even more likely to find yourself a victim of such circumstances as you age. Why? As you grow older, many parts of your body begin to deteriorate, and there are also other factors at work that make you more likely to fall and suffer an injury as a senior.
The Illinois Appellate Court for the First District recently determined that surrounding circumstances are relevant when determining whether a defect can be de minimis as a matter of law. A pothole of a depth between half an inch and 2 inches was a defect not so minor to be considered de minimis as a manner of law.
If you were injured in a car accident, work accident, or slip-and-fall accident, you should absolutely speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Hiring an attorney is the only way to ensure that your rights are really being protected and that any valuable evidence is preserved. Remember, insurance companies only look out for themselves.
It's safe to say that everyone uses some form of social media at least once a day. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you can share something easily with multiple people in a very short amount of time. However, when you become a personal injury victim, it is crucial that you stop posting information about yourself on social media.
Mark W. Mathys from Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid obtained a $500,000 recovery for our client who tripped and fell due to a dangerous condition in a parking lot, commonly referred to as a premises liability case. On May 6, 2009, our 64 year-old client exited the passenger front seat of her daughter's car after they parked in a marked parking space at the Jalapeno Grille restaurant in St. Charles, Illinois. Unknown to our client, the striped border of that marked parking space was only 17 inches from the edge of the parking lot surface and that the parking lot surface was actually a foot higher than the sidewalk directly below the parking lot edge. There were no railings or warnings to alert or protect customers from this dangerous drop. Not only was there a signficant drop-off, but the edge of the raised parking lot surface was deteriorated and crumbling making this condition even more dangerous. As our client stepped out of the car, her heel slid off the crumbling edge of the parking lot, causing her to lose her balance and fall down onto the sidewalk below. As a result, our client sustained serious leg injuries that required surgery and a long recovery.
Just over a year ago, a seemingly average shopping trip at a Marshalls department store took an unexpected and painful turn for one Illinois man. While trying to exit a stall in the bathroom, the man slipped and fell as the result of an unmarked puddle of water. As a result of the injuries sustained in the accident, the man has filed a premises liability claim against the retail chain.