The types of compensation you can recover for a slip-and-fall injury fall into two categories: economic and non-economic. These categories encompass the monetary losses you incur and your intangible losses.
However, how much you could recover depends heavily on the losses you experienced. A slip and fall lawyer can help you identify your recoverable damages. They will help you determine what you have lost and how best you can be compensated.
Recoverable Compensation in a Slip and Fall Case
The money available in your slip-and-fall case will depend on the expenses and losses you experienced. Other factors that play a role include the severity of your injuries, how much time you missed at work, your previous income, and whether you have lasting effects from the fall.
While each case is different, the types of damages available include the following:
- Pain and suffering and other noneconomic damages
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Lost income for missed work
- Diminished earning capacity if you have permanent injuries
- Accident-related expenses with receipts
You will need documentation of your damages to demand fair compensation from the insurance carrier or recover appropriate financial damages at trial. This documentation could include the following:
- Medical bills
- Expert testimony
- Pay stubs
- Tax records
- Medical records
Wrongful Death Damages After a Fatal Fall
While fall accidents often cause relatively minor injuries, sometimes, a victim suffers severe harm. Unfortunately, some victims suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries. When this occurs, their family members could recover damages through a wrongful death action.
Each state has rules about who can file these legal cases and the damages available. Therefore, you should speak with a wrongful death lawyer near you to learn the specific laws in your state.
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How Can a Premises Liability Attorney Help You Recover Compensation for a Fall Injury?
If you want to recover fair compensation for your injury, you must either develop a strong case yourself or work with an attorney to handle this process. Most people do not have the time, experience, knowledge, or resources to build a compelling case.
However, having a personal injury law firm by your side brings many benefits. When a slip-and-fall attorney accepts your case, they will do the following:
- Protect your rights
- Ensure you meet all applicable deadlines
- Manage all communication about your case
- Provide regular case updates
- Answer your questions and address your unique concerns
- Investigate what happened and build a convincing case against the liable party
- Document your recoverable damages
- Demand fair compensation from the insurance carrier
- Sue the liable party if necessary
- Represent your best interests during this process
Slip and fall accident lawyers generally represent clients based on contingency. You will not pay a lawyer anything upfront to have them start working on your case. Instead, their fees come from the money they recover. However, they don’t get paid if you don’t win your case.
Who Is Liable for My Slip and Fall Injury?
Generally, property owners are responsible for injuries that occur because of hazards on their premises. Most states have premises liability laws establishing a duty of care for property owners. They must keep their property free from risks that pose an unnecessary danger to guests.
When they fail to do so and an individual is hurt, the property owner may be legally responsible for the victim’s losses. However, exceptions exist, including when another party leases the property and takes over maintenance and upkeep. In these cases, the lessee may be legally responsible.
An attorney will collect evidence to build a solid case to hold the property owner or occupier responsible for a fall. They will determine negligence by proving:
- Who has legal responsibility for the property
- The liable party knew (or should have known) about the hazard
- The hazard that caused your slip and fall
- You suffered economic and noneconomic losses
What Are the Most Common Causes of Compensable Slip and Fall Injuries?
Hazards are a fact of life. Many people encounter and successfully navigate preventable hazards every day. However, that does not make these hazards any less dangerous. When they cause a fall, severe injuries are possible.
Some common fall hazards include:
- Potholes, broken sidewalks, and uneven paving
- Poor lighting in parking lots, garages, stairwells, and other areas
- Tracked water or snow on slick floors without mats
- Spills or leaks on slick flooring
- Cleaning residue on tile
- Torn carpeting or rolled rugs
- Broken tiles or uneven flooring
- Hazardous transitions in flooring, including unmasked step-ups
- Items in the aisle or other trip hazards
- Uneven stairs
- Broken or missing handrails
Fall accident lawyers understand how to document these hazards and many others. They help clients build a strong case to show liability and recover fair compensation. Act quickly, though. Evidence doesn’t always last in these cases.
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Discuss Your Options With a Slip and Fall Lawyer Near You
At Van Law, our attorneys represent slip-and-fall victims injured in Las Vegas and Washington State. We offer free initial consultations for those who suffered fall injuries in a slip, trip, or fall from an elevated height. In addition, we understand how a fall injury can affect all aspects of your life.
Contact us today to learn how our attorneys could help you pursue fair compensation based on your fall injuries and case facts. Let us seek fair compensation on your behalf and earn you the compensation you deserve.
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