Slip and fall accidents can leave victims with serious injuries, financial losses, and emotional difficulties. However, accident victims may seek compensation from the party responsible for preventing the hazardous situation that caused their fall. If you have injuries from a slip and fall accident, you will need to determine how much to request to cover all of your losses because of the accident, now and in the future.
Learning more about how slip and fall settlements are calculated can provide helpful insight as you determine your case value. At the Morris Bart law firm, our injury lawyers can work with you to determine an appropriate case value to include in your initial demand letter and negotiate with the other side to ensure you get the compensation you need.
Will Your Law Office Help Me Calculate Damages in My Slip and Fall Accident?
Ultimately, your slip and fall settlement calculation is based on the specific injuries and losses that you have from the accident. Therefore, your settlement can only be determined by carefully looking at the facts related to the time after the accident to determine its impact on your daily life.
It’s essential to include all damages that apply to your claim. We can work with you to ensure your request for compensation accurately reflects your losses.
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What Types of Damages Can a Slip and Fall Accident Victim Receive?
Most states allow slip and fall accident victims to recover a wide range of damages. Your case value will include a total amount of several different types of damages that generally fall into one of two categories. Economic damages are all the verifiable losses you have that can easily be represented in a dollar amount, including:
- Medical expenses, including treatment you may need in the future
- Lost income from the time out of work due to your injuries
- Rehabilitation or physical therapy
- Mobility devices or assistive changes to your home
- Care or household services
The other category is for non-economic damages to cover all the subjective losses you experience, which are more challenging to assign a dollar figure to, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- PTSD or anxiety
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries that may require expensive future care and significantly alter a victim’s life.
What Factors Can Impact the Settlement in My Slip and Fall Accident Case?
As you calculate your settlement value for a slip and fall accident, you may need to adjust the amount you request based on several factors. Specific facts or other considerations that can impact the total value of your case include:
- Questions surrounding liability: Some states may adjust your compensation to account for ways you may have been responsible for slipping and falling.
- Your status on the property: Some states may also determine your compensation based on your visitor status at the place where you slipped and fell.
- The severity of your injuries: Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, like a traumatic brain injury, requiring a higher compensation level to cover future health costs adequately.
- The exact amount of your medical bills: These expenses form a large basis of the total amount you request and generally require documentation to prove.
- How the injuries affect your life: If you require a mobility device because of a broken ankle and can no longer work your job that requires you to stand all day, your compensation may be impacted.
Additionally, you will want to consider the specific laws of your state regarding damages. For example, some states may cap the amount of damages, especially non-economic losses, which can affect your total settlement value. Our law firm can help you understand the negligence laws in your state and how they impact the calculation for your slip and fall settlement.
What Types of Evidence Will Support My Slip and Fall Claim?
The most important part of calculating your slip and fall settlement value is to ensure you have documentation to support your claim. Substantial evidence is vital for validating your non-economic damages. Types of evidence you may want to have include:
- Photos or video documentation, including possible surveillance footage, of the hazard that led to your fall or the dangerous circumstances on the property
- A journal to document your pain and the impact on your life because of the fall
- Therapist records to support any claims you have for non-economic recovery
- Witness testimony or statements from others who have been hurt because of the hazard on the property
- Documents or other evidence to show the property owner or manager knew about the hazardous situation that led to your fall
Contact Us for Help with Calculating a Settlement for Your Slip and Fall Accident
We can help you at every stage of your claim, including gathering evidence, negotiation, and determining what state laws apply to your case. At the Morris Bart law firm, we understand how important it is for you to get the compensation you need for your injuries.
Call us at (800) 537-8185 for more information about how we can help with your slip and fall claim.
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