Slip and fall accidents caused by hazardous conditions like cracked or damaged pavement, wet or slippery surfaces, or debris left in walking paths can lead to serious injuries including broken bones and traumatic brain injury. Slip and fall injury victims are left to deal with costly medical bills and loss of income during their recovery.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you can file a claim against the property owner whose negligence led to your accident. Calculate how much your claim is worth to determine if a slip and fall lawsuit is the right decision for you. Depending on the nature of your accident and extent of your injuries, there are simple guidelines to estimate the value of your claim.
Loss of Earning Capacity
If your injuries prevent you from resuming your job, you may receive compensation for “lost earning capacity.” A vocational rehabilitation expert evaluates your occupation, your injuries, and your limitations to verify you can no longer perform your job. Compensation can either be a lump sum for your reduced earning capacity or payment for training or education to prepare you for another occupation.
If your slip and fall injury prevents you from working, you are entitled to the income you lost while you were unable to work. You and your employer are required to validate your salary and the time you missed from work with pay stubs and tax records.
Slip and fall claims are generally worth the cost of your current and future medical expenses – so you should expect to recover at least that amount. However, jurisdictions vary as to whether they allow the amount your healthcare provider billed, or what your healthcare provider agrees to accept as payment in full.
Pain and Suffering
Estimating pain and suffering damages is a bit more challenging. Medical bill costs are the first component of this calculation. Your attorney and insurance company multiply the amount of your medical bills with an agreed upon number that represents the severity and permanence of your injuries. For instance, a slip and fall injury causing an irreversible brain injury may be worth five times your medical bills while a broken bone that heals quickly may be multiplied by .5 times your expenses.
In addition to these standard expense categories included in most slip and fall accident claims, incidental expenses are also often included. An incidental expense is money spent on gas to travel to and from doctor appointments or the cost of new shoes used for added comfort after a foot injury.
Delaware County Slip and Fall Lawyers McCann & Wall, LLC Secure Damages from Negligent Property Owners If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact a Delaware County slip and fall lawyer at McCann & Wall, LLC. Call 215-569-8488 or complete our online form to schedule an initial consultation. Our offices are located in Philadelphia and we work with clients from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.