Although “slip and fall” personal injury accidents are the butt of many jokes on TV and the internet, such accidents are no laughing matter in real life. A person who experiences a slip and fall accident may suffer significant harm. That harm often includes medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Such matters should be properly addressed through the legal system in Iowa and Illinois.
Medical expenses, even for a person with health insurance, can be significant when there is a slip and fall accident. Indeed, it is easy for an ambulance ride and a few hours of testing at hospital to cost over $10,000 – and that is before any medical treatment beyond initial diagnostics is provided. Time missed from work due to the slip and fall accident can include time that day, time missed for medical followups, and time during which a person is unable to work due to the injuries that they suffered. That is especially true for people whose job requires that they engage in physical activity. Pain and suffering can be quite severe, especially when bones and teeth are broken.
Fortunately, our legal system is well equipped to help make people who have suffered such an accident whole again. In both Illinois and Iowa, properly addressing the matter with an attorney is the best course of action for both the slip and fall victim, as well as society as a whole. Remember that a major goal of the legal system is to see that people do not get hurt in the future. When one person gets hurt and properly handles their case, the company responsible for causing that harm then has a financial incentive to ensure that future victims are not harmed. That powerful financial incentive is why the world today is so much safer than it was 50 years ago.