What damages may be claimed in a slip and fall lawsuit?
A Boca Raton slip and fall lawyer will ruthlessly examine the facts of the case to see if their client is eligible for multiple types of damages. Here are the main three.
Economic damages cover expenses that you incurred as a result of your injuries. These can be:
- Medical bills
- Loss of wages due to time off work
- Prescription costs
- Property damage (i.e. for clothing)
Non-economic damages can be sought to cover the pain that you suffered emotionally. These are harder to prove and quantify on your own, as there are no specific bills available to cite. A Boca Raton slip and fall lawyer knows how much you’re owed and will ensure you get the right types of damages for your accident.
Non-economic damages can be filed for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
Punitive damages aren’t commonly sought in slip-and-fall cases. They are a specific form of damage to penalize the plaintiff for their negligent behavior.
In this case, the plaintiff would have had to knowingly create the hazard that led to your injuries. These may be sought if an employer knowingly cuts corners on safety equipment, leading to outdated equipment that causes a fall.
What is the average settlement for a slip and fall lawsuit?
It is difficult to determine an average settlement amount for a slip-and-fall lawsuit, as the factors can vary wildly between cases. The severity of your injuries, the level of negligence of the property owner, your ability to provide proof, the extent of the damages, and whether you were negligent all play a role in determining settlement amounts.
Contact a Boca Raton slip-and-fall lawyer at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath to find out what damages you are entitled to for your case today.
How long does it take to settle slip and fall claims?
No two slip and fall cases are alike. Some cases can take months to settle, while others get drawn out for years. Although many cases take a shorter length of time to settle in order to avoid trial, this can lead to lower compensation for the victims.
At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, we don’t rush your claim. We work to ensure you get maximum compensation, even if it means working on your case for years.
What should I ask a slip and fall lawyer?
A slip and fall lawyer will be on your side for months to years. You want to ensure that you choose the best one to support your needs.
Ask your lawyer the following questions to determine if they have the time and experience to handle your case properly:
- How do you see my case proceeding?
- What challenges do you anticipate?
- What evidence will you need from me?
- If the other insurance company calls me, what should I do?
- How many cases are you working on right now?
- How long have you been working in slip and fall cases? What’s your track record?
- Who will be representing me? How can I contact them?
- What is the value of my claim?
- Are you willing to go to trial?