It is impossible to estimate the exact dollar value of a slip and fall case without looking into the details. A lot of factors will influence the value of your case and you may be entitled to compensation for various types of damages.
That is why we advise you not to accept an insurance company settlement offer before speaking with a lawyer. The insurance company may compensate you for the obvious expenses (e.g., current medical bills), but may not offer compensation for future damages or noneconomic damages like pain and suffering.
What Damages Can I Win in a Slip and Fall Case?
Typically, a slip and fall victim is eligible for some or all of the following damages:
Current Medical Expenses
These expenses include the cost of all medical treatments you are currently undergoing as a result of your injury. Surgeries, hospital stays, doctor visits, prescription drugs, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and medical devices all qualify as current medical expenses. Our legal team examines your medical records and makes sure the responsible party pays every dollar of your treatment.
Future Medical Expenses
Here is a perfect example of why you should never accept the settlement offered by the insurance company. To give them the benefit of the doubt, the settlement might include some or all of your current medical costs. Chances are, though, it will overlook your still-to-come medical expenses.
You are entitled to compensation for all your medical costs, both current and future. This is true even if your injury requires you to seek treatment for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, once you accept a settlement, it is final. Any costs that may come up in the future are yours to deal with on your own. For that reason, you need a good attorney who can ensure your settlement includes everything.
Your lost wages include all income you forfeit while missing work to recover from your injuries. If you have surgery that puts you out of work for a month, we pursue the responsible party for the money you would have earned had you been working.
Reduced Earning Capacity
Some slip and fall injuries are so severe that they reduce your ability to work on a long-term or permanent basis. You deserve compensation for the money you would have earned had you not been injured. For instance, suppose you worked in a skilled trade, such as an electrician or plumber. But your injury took away your capacity to work with your hands. As a result, you are confined to a desk job that pays less than you made in the field. We pursue the responsible party to compensate you for the difference.
Pain and Suffering
You are also entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. These damages are subjective and hard to quantify. For that reason, you need the most passionate and aggressive lawyer arguing your case.
Can Anything Reduce the Compensation for Which I Am Eligible?
If you were partially responsible for your injury, the rules of comparative negligence might reduce your award by the degree to which you were at fault.
Let's pretend you slipped and fell on a wet floor at a fast food restaurant. However, the evidence shows you were looking at your phone and not at where you were going. This does not absolve the business of responsibility. But it might make you comparative negligent. If your lack of attention contributed to 25 percent of the accident, then your compensation will be reduced by 25 percent.
Still Have Questions? Call 404-842-7838 to Speak to a Top Personal Injury Lawyer
Before Sheryl L. Burke started her Atlanta law firm, she worked for an insurance company where she was an adjuster. This gave her hands-on experience with the claims process from the insurer’s perspective. She now draws upon this experience to anticipate the tactics that insurance companies use to deny or reduce claim value. And she knows how to combat those tactics to fight for fair compensation in slip and fall cases.
At S. Burke Law, our mission is to help accident victims get the compensation they deserve. We look forward to putting our experience, resources, and successful track record to work for you. Call 404-842-7838 today to set up a free consultation.