There are over 2.5 million slip and fall accidents each year in the US, and the annual medical costs of treating them are over $30 billion. If you are trying to get compensated for a slip-and-fall that wasn’t your fault, there are some factors to consider.
You can potentially receive slip-and-fall compensation by working with a lawyer who can help you win your case, otherwise the case may go to court. If you do fall at work, in a public building or on private premises, your first step is to document the incident as best you can, including taking photographs, and obtaining witness accounts if applicable. Documenting the accident includes all the relevant details you can think of, such as lighting, any slippery or wet conditions, missing warning signs, cracked or uneven floor or stairs. Some other common causes of workplace accidents include exposed cables or wires, spilled liquids, an uneven floor, and the elevator coming to a stop too abruptly.
The court will try to determine whether the property owner was negligible and whether the fall could and should have been preventable. The more information you have, the better your chances of receiving slip-and-fall accident compensation. Although compensation for a slip and fall accident can vary based on the exact circumstances and the extent of your injuries, you can expect to be reimbursed for medical bills and about 66 percent of any wages lost due to not working because of the accident.
It’s also recommended that you document the attitude and actions of the property owner at the time of the fall. If your case goes to court, you may be more likely to receive compensation if the property owner apologized, admitted they were at fault, or offered you compensation. And you should also see a doctor after your slip-and-fall, even if your injuries weren’t severe; not only are some injuries not immediately obvious, but seeing a doctor can also increase your chances of a successful outcome.
If you feel you need to hire a slip-and-fall attorney, referrals from friends or family can be an effective way to find an experienced and reputable attorney. Online reviews, as well as the content on an attorney’s website can also give you a good idea of their background, experience and qualifications. You should choose an attorney that specializes in workplace accidents, and one with a good record of success. Your attorney will advise you on how best to proceed, what the possible outcome of your case may be, and whether a settlement before court would be in your best interests.