Average Payout for a Personal Injury Claim: Slip and Fall
by Christian Scranton
Slip and fall injuries can be sustained in an instant but impact you for a lifetime. You might be walking down a flight of stairs at an airport, mall or workplace when you slip on an unknown substance and take a tumble. You might get lucky and walk away with some scrapes and a bruised ego, but you might injure yourself severely.
It’s important that you take photos and note down any important details as soon after the accident as possible. You can never have too much evidence! We need to establish the circumstances of your fall as clearly as possible to give you the best chance of getting the compensation you deserve as recompense for your pain and suffering.
If you have severe injuries, medical treatment comes first. Keep all of your receipts and correspondence as we need to establish how much of a financial burden you have been exposed to. How high your medical bills amount to really impacts the value of your case. The severity and longevity of your injuries also play a major role. If you fracture your hand, break your ankle or shatter your knee cap due to a fall, meaning you require extensive physiotherapy and pain management over a significant period of time, you would likely be eligible for a higher payout than if you sustained bruising alone. We have to take into account the long-term costs of earnings lost due to time off from work, medical expenses and other treatment. We also consider any longer-lasting restrictions in your life, e.g. if your accident means you would no longer be able to carry out a physical job.
We also consider any property damage caused by your fall. If you were holding your smartphone when you fell, harming it, or wearing an expensive watch that smashed on impact, we would consider the impact of this damage when negotiating a final payout for your slip and fall case.
Our job here at Scranton Law Firm in California is to look at all the facts of the situation to establish the value of your case so that we can represent you during settlement negotiations—or at court if necessary—to ensure you get the best deal.
Pursuing your slip and fall personal injury case is one way to make sure that the same thing never happens again. If all property owners are aware that spaces must be kept safe for workers, consumers, even passers-by, and that any violation of this will not be tolerated, America may be safer for us all. Consequences are key. See our personal injury page for more information about how your case is evaluated.