How Much is My Slip and Fall Claim Worth?
May 15, 2019
If you suffered a slip and fall accident and are considering bringing a lawsuit, there are many factors at work that will go into what sort of damages or money you are owed if you bring a successful lawsuit against the property owner. Even if plaintiffs are successful in winning a slip and fall case, money may be deducted from their award if the court determines that the plaintiff was also at fault. In other words, the court will look at whether the plaintiff was negligent in some way.
For example, if the plaintiff normally uses a walker when they are in public places but was not using it at the time of the accident, the court may find that the plaintiff contributed to their accident in some way. This is usually determined by a percentage that is deducted from the overall award. The following are possible damages the plaintiff can recover in a slip and fall case.
The court will consider the medical bills incurred by the plaintiff. Depending on the jurisdiction, the plaintiff may also be due money for their medical bills, even if their health insurance covered most or all of the injury. This will depend on the situation and the state where the slip and fall accident occurred.
The court will consider whether you missed out on income as a direct result of the slip and fall accident. If a plaintiff proves that they are permanently disabled and are unable to return to work as a result of the accident, then the plaintiff may be due wages that they would have received if they had not been injured. If the plaintiff can find a different area of work, any difference in that salary may be considered when determining an award.
Incidental expenses incur as a result of the injury or slip and fall accident. This could be gas mileage getting to and from doctors’ appointments or legal appointments. It can also include postage for mailing important documents.
New Jersey Case
In any slip and fall case, negligence on part of the property owner must be proven. In a recent New Jersey case, a plaintiff slipped and fell outside of an outdoor outlet complex and damaged her hip. The ice was caused by a leaking faucet that the owners were allegedly informed about. Since her hip could not be replaced without lasting pain and suffering, the court took that into account when she was awarded $3.2 million. This amount was also reduced by 15 percent since the court found her partly liable for the slip and fall accident.
Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Help Victims Injured in Slip and Fall Accidents on Another’s Property
If you suffered an injury as a result of an accident on another person’s property, the Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyers at DiTomaso Law can help. We can advise you on how to gain additional evidence and strengthen your case. Located in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, including Mt. Holly and Camden County. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 856-414-0010 today.
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