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What compensation can you get for a slip and fall?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2018 | Personal Injury |

Slips and falls are common personal injuries that can happen to anyone at any time. Take the case of tennis pro Genie Bouchard, who experienced a nasty slip and fall in 2015, which the United States Tennis Association was liable for. 

Every slip and fall case is different due to the circumstances surrounding the unsafe conditions and the injuries the victim ultimately developed. The amounts will differ case by case, but there are common factors your attorney will look for. 

Level of negligence

It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure patrons have a safe environment to walk around in. If an unsafe condition develops, then it is up to the owner to handle it in a timely manner.

If one customer spilled something in a grocery store, and the victim slips on it one minute later, then the store owner may not have as much liability because that would not have been enough time to remedy the situation. However, if the spill was present for hours and no sign went up, then the courts may hold the owner to greater negligence. 

Medical bills

Head, neck and back injuries are common after a slip and fall. You should always see a doctor after slipping, and from there, a medical professional will tell you what treatments and medications you will require going forward. Your lawyer will fight for the negligent party to pay for these expenses. 

Pain and suffering

This is the hardest factor to quantify, but your attorney would typically start by looking at your medical expenses and go from there. The symptoms of your injuries may stick with you for years, and your lawyer will argue you should receive additional compensation for this new nuisance in life. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may not be able to work at your regular job. Loss of income would also qualify for compensation.