When considering how much you may get from a slip and fall claim, you have to think about factors such as:
- The severity of your injuries
- Your age
- Whether you can continue working
- The expenses you paid because of your injuries
When you sustain injuries from a slip or fall, you can recover damages if the injuries were caused by tortious conduct, such as negligence.
Mayo Clinic reports that whiplash is common in rear-end car accidents. Some other injuries you could have sustained in your slip and fall could include:
- Sprained ligaments, tendons, and muscles
- Broken and fractured bones
- Separated and dislocated joints
- Traumatic brain injuries
Injuries may cause you to incur medical bills or miss time from work, resulting in economic losses. When your injuries cause damages, you can recover compensation from the liable party.
Determining Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident
Who the liable party is depends on the circumstances of your accident. For example, if you slipped on a wet floor in a retail store, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the store owner for negligence. Slips and falls can occur in a variety of settings. If your slip or fall occurred at work, you can recover workers’ compensation benefits and pursue a personal injury claim.
To recover damages for a slip and fall claim, you must demonstrate that the other party acted negligently. That makes it important to document your injuries and receive timely medical treatment, as proving that you suffered losses is a requirement to recovering damages.
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Damages You May Be Able to Pursue and Collect
You can recover economic and non-economic damages when you are hurt in a slip or fall. How much you can get for a slip and fall claim depends on how the injuries impact your quality of life and whether you incurred expenses related to your injuries. If you have medical bills because of your accident, you may be able to recover economic damages from the responsible party.
When you suffer severe injuries, it can limit your ability to work, which can result in lost wages. Severe injuries can cause chronic conditions, which can reduce your happiness and quality of life—allowing you to receive damages for pain and suffering.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that unintentional falls are the leading cause of nonfatal accident injuries treated in emergency rooms in the United States. In 2017, 8,591,683 Americans received emergency medical treatment for unintentional falls, with children and the elderly the most likely to experience injuries related to a fall.
If you were hurt in an accident, understanding how much you may get from a slip and fall claim requires understanding the unique details of your case. So, you may want to discuss your case with a lawyer who can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
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