Whether your slip and fall injury occurred in a grocery store aisle or on someone’s personal property, you’re probably wondering one thing: How much would a settlement or awarded damages be in my case? It’s not secret that filing claims or lawsuits are time-consuming, and while your medical bills pile up and physical pain lingers, you might ask yourself if it’s really worth it. The truth is, there is no definitive answer to that question. The amount of money awarded in slip and fall cases varies greatly, depending on several variables.
Factors in a Slip and Fall Settlement
- The state and city where the accident occurred. Some locations typically award high settlements than others
- The type and amount of insurance coverage the defendant carries
- The defendant’s net worth
- Severity of injuries
- Whether the defendant took steps to mitigate risks, inform people of danger and block off the area
- Lost wages if you missed days of work
- The victim’s inability to perform daily tasks like driving a car or doing dishes
- The victim’s loss of consortium
- The victim’s pain and suffering
- Hiring the Right Attorney
Your legal representation can also make a difference in the outcome of your case. Before hiring an attorney, ask plenty of questions and make sure that he or she has experience with slip and fall lawsuits.
Some states do not consider general damages while others put a limit on it.
What is Included
When your injury lawyer works out your claim for damages, included will be actual losses as well as future losses and an intangible amount for things like inability to enjoy conjugal rights or a lifestyle the plaintiff is accustomed to.
If permanent damage is involved the attorney will include the cost of converting your home to make it wheelchair accessible. The same can be said to the vehicle, which will most likely not be the one you were driving.