If you or a loved one suffered extensive injuries on someone else’s property, you might be looking to find out what damages you can receive for your slip and fall accident.
If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, you could potentially receive a number of economic and non-economic damages. However, not all damages apply to all accident cases. In order to find out any specifics regarding your premises liability case, consult with a slip and fall accident lawyer for advice.
Depending on your injuries and the circumstances of your accident, you can potentially recover the following types of economic compensation:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses related to the accident
- Rehabilitative therapies
- Lost wages and future lost wages
- Medical devices such as a walker or a wheelchair
- Prescription or over-the-counter drugs
- Transportation costs
- The costs of hiring a home help
- Out-of-pocket costs
You could also potentially receive other economic damages. If you suffered serious injuries, it is likely that you had to undergo various surgeries or other medical treatments that may have been painful and uncomfortable. You might also have suffered emotional distress as a result of an accident. In some cases, you could receive non-economic damages, such as:
- Physical pain and anguish
- Emotional suffering
- Loss of life quality
Occasionally, a plaintiff may also receive punitive damages in addition to any compensatory awards. If a property owner acted willfully or recklessly in causing harm, a court might order them to pay punitive damages as punishment and in order to deter them from committing future acts of gross negligence.
Examples of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. However, in order to have a claim, someone else has to be responsible for your accident and injuries. Accidents can happen in grocery stores, shopping malls, restaurants, parking garages, apartment buildings, and in many other places. Some of the reasons for slip and falls can be:
- Tripping hazards
- Inadequate lighting
- Broken or missing handrails
- Uneven or broken steps
- Broken pavement
Injuries in a slip and fall accident can range from a bruise or a scrape to extremely serious injuries such as a fractured pelvis or head injuries. Some accident victims may never be able to return fully to their former lives and career.
Some injuries from slips and falls require medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 800,000 hospitalizations for fall injuries.
However, if you suffered injuries or a loved one died due to someone else’s negligence, you could have legal recourse and may be able to recover compensation.
Proving Negligence in a Slip and Fall Accident
Essentially, in order to have a chance of recovering compensation, you will need to prove that a property owner, business, or employee acted negligently, and the negligent action caused your injury as well as your damages.
Owners should take reasonable steps to ensure that their property is in good repair and free of hazards such as spillages, broken or uneven flooring, or obstacles, among other dangers. Evidence to prove your case can include:
- Accident reports
- Photographic evidence of the hazardous condition
- Video surveillance footage
- Eyewitness statements
- Medical reports and bills
It can be challenging to prove that a property owner is responsible for your damages. However, having a slip and fall accident lawyer by your side can help you prove your claim. A lawyer can gather the necessary evidence and build your case.
Contact Us Now
If you or a loved one suffered injuries on someone else’s property, you can contact us to find out if you have a claim. Acting quickly can be extremely important in slip and fall cases, as most states set strict deadlines for filing personal injury lawsuits. The clock typically starts ticking on the date of your accident, so do not delay educating yourself about your legal options.
Proving negligence in a slip and fall can be tricky. However, we do not shy away from tough cases and can help you recover your due. You do not need to worry about any out-of-pocket costs or upfront attorney’s fees as we only get paid when we win your case.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today and let an attorney and our team members help you with your slip and fall accident claim at 800-959-1444.