Your slip and fall lawsuit could be worth a lot of money, but it is difficult to pinpoint an exact amount without knowing the details of your claim. For instance:
- How did your injury occur?
- Who was the responsible party?
- Is there an insurance company involved?
- How serious are your injuries?
At S. Burke Law, we have seen slip and fall accident settlements that are often lucrative. Your settlement could include several forms of damages—some which you might not have considered. For that reason, the first piece of advice we give is never to accept an insurance company settlement offer without speaking with an attorney first.
You can sit down with a personal injury lawyer for a free consultation by calling S. Burke Law. Before starting her law practice, Sheryl L. Burke worked for an insurance company as an adjuster, making her uniquely familiar with how the process works on both ends. Burke uses this knowledge to give clients an advantage in the negotiation process, as she can anticipate and counter any insurance company tactic. To find out how much a slip and fall lawsuit is worth, call 404-842-7838 today.
How Much Can I Win in Damages in a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?
Many factors determine the type and the amount of damages you can win in a slip and fall case. We can discuss these details with you at your free consultation. Your damages could include any combination of the following.
Chances are, the responsible party is liable for both your current and your future medical costs. These might include your hospital bills, doctor copays, prescription drug costs, rehabilitation and therapy, medical devices, and more.
This is also a good example of why you should never accept the insurance company’s initial settlement offer. Even if it offers to cover your medical bills, an insurer will almost always refer to your current costs only. Our attorneys calculate all of your expected future costs and fight for a fair settlement for your injuries.
If your injuries prevent you from working on a short-term or long-term basis—or if you have to miss substantial work while attending doctor appointments or physical therapy—our attorneys pursue the responsible party to compensate you for all of the wages you have lost because of your fall.
Reduced Earning Capacity
With a serious injury, you might never be able to return to your job in the same capacity as before. If you have to take on lesser responsibilities, it often results in lesser pay. We make sure whoever caused your injuries compensates you for the difference.
Pain and Suffering
You can receive compensation for the physical pain and discomfort you have suffered in the wake of your accident. This is an example of non-economic damages, since the value of pain and suffering does not have a strict dollar value. Rest assured, we fight aggressively for as much compensation as possible.
Depending on the circumstances, we might also pursue compensation for emotional anguish, loss of consortium, and other assorted costs.
What If I Was Partially at Fault for My Slip and Fall Accident?
In Georgia, a plaintiff who is partly to blame for a slip and fall accident is only eligible for a reduced award, based on their degree of fault. This is modified comparative negligence.
Imagine that you slipped and fell in a mall parking lot and injured your back, resulting in damages of $100,000. The case goes to trial, where the respondent and their attorneys present indisputable evidence that you were looking at a smartphone just prior to your fall. Nonetheless, the judge determines that, due to uneven pavement in the parking lot, the property owner is primarily responsible for your injuries. Citing your negligence in staring at your phone, however, the judge assigns 20 percent of the blame to you.
In this situation, you would receive $80,000—a 20-percent reduction that corresponds with your share of the responsibility.
Call 404-842-7838 to Speak to a Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer at S. Burke Law.
At S. Burke Law, we have one goal: to fight for the rights of accident victims. We want to help you get the money you deserve after a slip and fall accident. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 404-842-7838 today.