If you are contemplating a lawsuit against the owner of a property for a slip and fall accident, you will need to consider what your claim might be worth. Each case is different and the venue where you file will also have an effect on your case. However, there are some typical awards for slip and fall claims. Here are 5 recoverable damages for a slip and fall accident.
Loss of Earnings
You are entitled to the recovery of the value of wages you would have earned had your slip and fall accident not taken you away from your work. You will have to verify the amount you would have earned with a tax return or a pay stub.
Depending on where you live, the amount used to calculate your damages may be the amount the healthcare provider billed or the amount the healthcare provider agreed to receive as payment. A valid slip and fall claim is usually at least worth the value of your medical bills.
Pain and Suffering
There is no rule for calculating pain and suffering; however, the amount of your medical bills is typically what is used as a starting point. Depending on the severity of your injury, our attorneys evaluating your claim typically determine an appropriate multiplier to use alongside the amount of your medical bills.
People often incur additional expenses because of an injury. You may be able to recover the amount of such incidental expenses on top of the categories of damages already mentioned. You will have to prove some reasonable connection between the expense and the injury.
Loss of Earning Capacity
If you successfully establish that your capacity to earn has been diminished due to your injuries, the property owner may compensate you for that loss. Usually, a vocational rehabilitation specialist will have to offer testimony to support your claim.