Slip and falls accidents may result in broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, sprains and strains, lacerations and abrasions, and other injuries. In more serious cases, a slip and fall may even lead to paralysis or death.
Additionally, slip and fall accidents happen far more often than they should; data from the National Security Council shows that falls account for almost 9 million visits to the emergency room each year.
Of course, if you have been injured, you may be wondering what your options are to recover compensation in a slip and fall claim, and how much you are eligible to receive. The following provides answers to common questions regarding compensation for slip and fall accidents.
Can I always recover compensation in a slip and fall claim?
Most importantly, you should understand that slip and fall cases are often within a realm of law known as premises liability, which asserts that property owners owe legal visitors – and in some limited cases trespassers – on their land a certain duty of care.
If the other party was negligent and that negligence led to an accident and injuries, you can file a claim. But if the other party was not negligent, then you generally do not have a valid claim.
Can I recover compensation for medical bills I incurred?
In a successful slip and fall claim, you will be able to recover compensation for any medical bills that you incurred as a result of injuries you sustained. Furthermore, you may also acquire compensation for additional costs if a medical professional determines your recovery period will be exceptionally long or if you have sustained a lifelong disability. Your attorney can help you add up any current medical bills as well as expected costs of future care.
I missed time at work. Can I recover compensation for lost wages?
Because slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries, many victims often take time off of work to recover. In a slip and fall claim, you may be able to successfully recover these lost wages, as well as for wages that you miss in the future because of your injury.
Furthermore, you may be able to acquire money to compensate you for your lost work capacity if the injuries from the slip and fall impair your ability to work. The amount of compensation you recover for lost wages depends on how much time you miss and the degree of impairment you suffer as a result of the injuries.
Can I recover compensation for my pain and suffering?
Depending on the severity of your case, a judge, jury, or insurance adjuster may even determine that you should receive money for the pain and suffering you experienced as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident. Damages for pain and suffering may be higher in cases of severe injury, so discuss the amount you can recover with your lawyer.
How should I start the process of filing a slip and fall claim?
If you sustained serious injuries in a slip and fall, enlist the help of an attorney. As you focus on your recovery, your attorney will gather all necessary information and evidence in order to strengthen your slip and fall claim.
- Evidence that establishes the property owner’s negligence
- The link between the dangerous condition on the property and your accident
- The damages you suffered