Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common cases we encounter at Slepkow Law. Many individuals slip at businesses, in public places, at
stores, in private sectors, and more. It is the duty of the property owner or manager to ensure that the floors are kept free of clutter and not slick or slippery, or else customers and passersby may fall. These falls may even lead to debilitating injuries that can permanently alter lives in a negative manner. Because of this, we believe that all victims of slip and fall cases are entitled to some form of financial compensation for their expenses, no matter how large or small. It is important to realize that not every case is a slam dunk, however, and not all injuries are worth the same amounts of money because of various factors. Our clients often ask us what they can earn for their injuries and if they are eligible for certain forms of compensation. Examples of these questions include:
- How do I know the value of my slip and fall case?
- How much can I earn in a slip and fall case?
- What affects slip and fall case values?
Causes of premises liability accidents
Often, slip and fall accidents occur because of some negligent action or oversight by an employee or other responsible person. For example, a spill at a grocery store may go unnoticed by staff, resulting in a fair amount of water or other liquid getting all over the floor. A person can easily slip and tumble down, causing injuries. People slip and fall because of the following reasons:
- Spilled liquids on the floor
- Slick floors from recent cleaning
- Objects or debris in walkways
- Raised, elevated, or uneven pathways
- Cracks in the sidewalk or floor
- Unstable or unsteady staircases
What sets slip and fall cases apart is the fact that they are the universal injury case. They can happen anywhere at any time to any person. We have dealt with cases where people have slipped and fallen in grocery stores, supermarkets, auto garages, fairs, restaurants, and more. Young people and older individuals alike have the potential to suffer injuries from these occurrences. For more information on whether or not you can file a claim against a business for a slip and fall injury, look over this page, or reach out to an attorney at our law firm.
Compensation You Can Earn
Victims of slip and fall accidents can earn different types of compensation for their injuries. The amount of each one depends on the extent of the damages. Our experienced lawyers can help you earn the maximum settlement available under the law for your expenses. You can receive restitution for:
- Medical Expenses: Costs pertaining to your hospitalization, surgery, medication, and physical therapy can be covered. If your injuries require you to undergo additional treatments in the future, you can have those costs covered as well.
- Lost Wages: If you were forced to miss days at work due to your injury, or if you will miss future days because of other medical procedures or additional recovery time, you can have both past and future wages reimbursed.
- Property Damage: You may have had some belongings on you when you fell, and those items could have been lost, broken, or damaged in the accident. The monetary values of these items can be covered.
- Pain and Suffering: Emotional damages are serious, and they usually come about because of all of the stress that accompanies an injury. Accidents and ensuing consequences can induce psychological suffering, mental pain, PTSD, fear, anxiety, and more, and you can be compensated.
- Punitive Damages: Punitive damages are additional forms of compensation handed out in the event that the incident was caused due to the gross negligent actions of another person. The compensation is meant to dissuade the defendant from committing the action again. Many juries won’t hand out these damages, however, claiming they are excessive; therefore, only a skilled lawyer will be able to win them for you.
Determining the Value of Your Case
Although there is no settlement calculator for slip and fall cases, there are ways to gauge whether or not your case will have a certain value to it. All cases must be filed on the premise of negligence and injury; if an injury occurred, you are likely able to sue for some form of damages. However, the extent of that injury is a very large determining factor in the value of your case. For example, if you sustained a sprained ankle while another person suffered a broken ankle, the person with the more severe injury would likely receive higher compensation given the exact same circumstances of the case. Some of the factors that go into altering the settlement value of a case are listed on this slip and fall page and they are summarized below:
- Extent of Injury: How much damage was actually present? Numerous injuries affecting different parts of the body, severe wounds that could be life threatening, injuries that lead to further problems down the line, damages that aggravated or exacerbated pre-existing conditions, and more can affect the amount of compensation you receive.
- Age of Victim: Differently aged people are often treated differently in determining settlement values. For those who are young and have more active lifestyles and healthier bodies, the settlement for an injury may be a lot less because the damage will not be as severe as if it were to happen to an elderly person. A hip injury, for instance, can send an older individual to the hospital, while a younger person may be healed in half the time. On the other hand, a younger individual has a higher expected time to live and more to lose than an older individual.
- Impact on Career: If your injury causes you to lose your job or makes it so that you will not be able to hold a position in the future, you will very likely receive more compensation than someone whose career is not affected. For example, an injury to your hands may prevent you from completing your duties as a typist, but for a lecturer, there would be less adjustment.
- Need for Future Treatments: A simple injury that will heal without much interference from a doctor will generally garner you less compensation than one that will necessitate many surgeries. Nerve damage that spreads to other parts of the body, for instance, may doom you to years of treatment, and thus, the expenses should be covered accordingly.
- Degree of Fault: Not every accident is the fault of the business or manager. Sometimes, the person who tripped can be said to have acted with a degree of fault, such as by recklessly entering the area or by being too overburdened with merchandise to safely walk.
Slip and fall accident
Below are some examples of these different factors at play. Some of this data was gathered with the help of Daniel Azizi, founder of Normandie Law Firm, a personal injury law firm in Los Angeles.
Consider a $28,500.00 settlement from Publix Super Markets. The plaintiff slipped in the produce section and fell down, sustaining minor injuries to his body. Expenses were covered for his medical treatment. On the other hand, a $7,500.00 settlement from Publix Super Markets did not feature nearly the same degree of damage. The plaintiff was struck by broken pieces of a bottle of soda that fell off a shelf. None of these injuries were remotely serious, and medical treatment was covered.
Trailer hitch fall
At a Sam’s Club, a 54-year old heart surgeon tripped and fell over a trailer hitch. He sustained an injury to his spine as well as nerve damage, which caused his hands to remain unsteady – thereby ending his career as a surgeon, and preventing him from pursuing similar jobs in the future. The hitch was not properly set aside and was in the path of customers. He received a settlement of nearly $4,000,000 because of his medical expenses, future lost earnings, and large impact on his life. On the other hand, a 77-year old woman tripped on an entry ramp at another store location, suffering a broken hip. She received $180,000, despite initially receiving $400,000 in punitive damages for the negligence of the employees who knew the ramp was elevated and a potential hazard. Her injury did not lead to further complications, nor did it result in a loss of earnings or anything that would negatively affect the rest of her life. Therefore, she earned a smaller settlement.
Walmart was sued for various accidents. In one, a woman was struck in the back by an automatic door, thus sustaining a spinal injury; her fault in the incident caused her to suffer a 30% reduction and earned just over $200,000. Similarly, a woman was struck in the face by an automatic door, and needed rhinoplasty to fix her nose. Due to her fault in the incident of not paying attention to where she was walking, she suffered a reduction as well, and received a settlement of over $30,000. On the other hand, a woman fell on the ice outside a Walmart, and was further injured when ice slid off the roof and struck her while she was on the ground. Her left arm required surgery and the end result was her unable to move her left hand. The majority of fault lay with Walmart, and the woman received $600,000.
There have been numerous other cases where businesses have been shown to be negligent in their care for their customers, and as a result, the customers received various forms of compensation for their injuries. We are here to help you earn a settlement the same way.
Our team of experienced attorneys at Slepkow Law is here to help you earn your fair compensation from a slip and fall accident. We know that your injuries may sideline you for some time, and you should not be required to undergo all the stress that may accompany legal action. Let us help you, and we promise to bring you the maximum settlement possible. Clients may believe that they are unable to earn certain forms of compensation because of their age or relative damage from their injuries. We promise to do our best to earn you as much as possible.
Call us today to receive a free legal consultation with a skilled lawyer. You can ask any questions you want about your case and the likelihood of you receiving a large settlement. We will tell you everything you need to know. Further, if you select us to represent you, you will receive a zero fee guarantee on your claim, which promises that you will pay no out of pocket expenses for anything. Our legal fees are taken from the settlement we win for you, ensuring that your savings remain untouched, and if we lose, we eat all costs ourselves and you owe us nothing at all.