How Much is My Slip and Fall Case Worth?
Every year, more than 1 million Americans seek medical treatment for fall-related injuries. Slip and fall accidents are among the leading occupational hazards for people over the age of 55, and many of these incidents result in fractured hips, torn ligaments, or debilitating brain injuries.
This can form the basis of a negligence claim when property owners, managers, or landlords fail to take reasonable precautions. This means routine maintenance to ensure the premises are free of hazards. Therefore, patrons, guests, and customers are not at risk for slipping, tripping, or injuring themselves.
Slip and fall accidents: no two cases are alike
These accidents happen every day in New York, and unfortunately, many of them are preventable. However, even when the landlord or property owner is liable for the icy sidewalk– there are many variables when calculating the value of a case.
When injuries are fresh, and hospital bills are piling up, it’s normal to want answers as well as a firm estimate of your potential payout. Before assigning a dollar figure to your accident claim, a New York slip and fall lawyer must investigate, establish liability, and gather documentation that proves the full extent of your injuries and economic damages. Your attorney will look at many factors, including:
- The severity of your injuries
- The duration of your recovery
- The amount of missed work and lost income because of the accident
- The emotional strain and burdens placed on your personal life
- The amount of medical and hospital expenses incurred
- The costs of long-term rehabilitation
- Whether the accident caused permanent disability
Importance of legal representation
The personal injury attorneys of Douglas & London have successfully handled hundreds of premises liability claims in New York and leverage that knowledge to maximize your legal recovery. Insurance companies take note of their opponent’s legal representation. Some attorneys rarely try cases, and always settle, and then there’s Douglas & London. Our founding partners are veteran trial attorneys and won’t back down. This means our clients will never have to agree to a low-ball settlement.
Every slip and fall accident is unique, so there is no predetermined formula to assess the value of your claim. This will hinge on providing solid documentation that shows the extent of your physical, emotional, and financial losses, and how this has impacted the quality of your life and ability to work.
In our litigation experience, soft tissue injuries like strained muscles ruptured ligaments, and tendons are much harder to demonstrate and quantify compared to “hard injuries” like broken bones. But we also recognize that both soft and hard injuries can have the same types of negative consequences. Perhaps you can no longer play the piano, enjoy a game of golf, or pick up your children. Toward this end, our attorneys work tirelessly to recover full compensation for our clients.
Factors that impact the damages in your case
Past and future medical bills – It’s important to keep records of all medical expenses related to your slip and fall accident, as you can be reimbursed for an ambulance and urgent care service, x-rays, diagnostic tests, surgery, doctor’s appointments, medication, and rehabilitation.
Lost earnings — If the accident kept you out of work, you could demand damages to account for your lost earnings. If your injuries prevent you from returning to work, you can also seek reparations for future loss of earnings or reduced earning capacity.
Pain and suffering – In New York, personal injury victims can be compensated for their emotional pain and suffering. Anguish and distress that is not physical but can still undermine the quality of life. Examples include depression, anxiety, insomnia, and PTSD.
Out-of-pocket expenses – Keep tabs on incidental expenses stemming from your slip and fall injury. This can be taxi or bus fare to doctor’s appointments or hiring a part-time housekeeper to do cleaning and other chores you are physically unable to do.
Contact us at Douglas and London today
Reach out to us for a one-on-one consultation about your slip and fall injury. There is no cost to speak with a personal injury lawyer in New York who can fight for the compensation you deserve. Our skilled attorneys offer high caliber representation on a contingency-fee-basis, so there are no legal costs unless we win or settle your case.