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Determining How Much Your Slip and Fall Claim is Worth
When you become injured due to a slip and fall accident, you may be wondering if it is worth taking your injuries to court to fight for compensation. This will depend largely on the circumstances surrounding your slip and fall accident. If, for example, you were on someone else’s property and you fell and hurt your hip but it was because you were not paying attention to warning signs on the property, your accident would not be the result of someone else’s neglect. However, when your accident was caused by someone failing to properly maintain a property, you should speak with a personal injury attorney to determine how much your slip and fall claim would be worth.
What factors determine what your claim is worth?
After we have the evidence to show that your slip and fall injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, we must begin gathering evidence to build our case so that we can get you the compensation you deserve. There are many different things that an attorney can attempt to get compensation for.
- Pain and Suffering. Although pain and suffering is common compensation for personal injury accidents, there is no set amount that victims receive for this type of injury. Because there are no receipts or documents like one would have for a hospital stay, it is largely unpredictable. It is possible to use medical bills as a starting off point to show pain and suffering. Additionally, if you show that the slip and fall accident caused you to have a permanent injury (such as a limp), then we can argue that your pain and suffering is significantly worse than the pain and suffering you would endure if you sprained your wrist and it healed in two months.
- Medical Bills. Calculating compensation based on medical bills is significantly more predictable than pain and suffering. While you may receive compensation for the exact amount or more of your medical bills, you can often expect your current and future bills to be covered under this type of claim.
- Earning Capacity. In some cases, your injuries from a slip and fall accident are so severe that you are unable to go back to your old job because you cannot perform the same types of tasks. When this is the case, one of our attorneys can argue for “lost earning capacity.” This could come in the form of payment for your reduced earning capacity or even payment for someone to teach you or train you in a different field.
Being the victim in a slip and fall accident can alter your life. Many lawyers want to ensure you get compensated for your injuries and for the lasting damage they may cause. When someone else’s neglect has caused you to slip and fall, you should not feel responsible for your own medical and other expenses.
Thanks to our friends from Cohen & Cohen, P.C., for their insight into slip and fall accidents.