A slip and fall accident can harm you physically and financially. You might be wondering how much you can recover for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The answer is not always straightforward. Your settlement will vary based on several factors, as each case is unique.
It’s natural to feel overwhelmed by the complexities of the legal process and what lies ahead. That’s exactly why we’re here—to offer you the help and guidance you need as you navigate your injury claim. In this article, let’s explore how slip and fall settlements are typically calculated, the necessary steps for a successful lawsuit, and what to expect from your claim.
Understanding Premises Liability in Georgia
You deserve a safe visit to any property. Georgia law agrees and holds property owners accountable for injuries from unreasonable hazards on their premises. To recover damages from your slip and fall injury, you need to prove that the owner or manager of the property was careless and ignored the hazard that caused you to fall or otherwise suffer injury.
You also need to show that you were not at fault and that the property owner’s negligence led to your injury. If you can do that, you can recover your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Let’s look at the factors that impact your settlement amount.
Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries
If you’re wondering how much you can recover for damages incurred from your slip and fall injury, there isn’t a simple answer. Unlike Worker’s Compensation claims, which use specific formulas, slip and fall cases need a more careful analysis.
Several key factors will determine your settlement:
- Fault: You need to show that the property owner was careless and caused your injury. But if you were partly at fault, your settlement will be reduced. If you were more than half at fault, you receive nothing.
- Injuries: The severity of your injuries will greatly impact the amount you can recover. You need to show your medical bills and records to prove your injuries and costs.
- Lost Wages: If you missed work because of your injury, you can claim your lost income and future earnings.
- Medical Expenses: This is the biggest part of your settlement. It covers your current and future medical costs for your injury.
- Pain and Suffering: This is for your physical and emotional pain from your injury. Pain and suffering is often difficult to calculate, but it is a critical component of your total damages.
- Insurance Coverage: The amount and type of insurance on the property can affect your settlement. This is especially true if the property owner has limited coverage, or worse, no insurance.
These factors make your slip and fall settlement a complicated process. Fortunately, a skilled lawyer can help you get the best outcome.
Next, let’s examine some general ranges for different types of injuries.
Consult a Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer in Georgia
A slip and fall accident can leave you physically hurt and financially stressed. You deserve justice and recovery of damages, but getting a fair settlement can be difficult. Unfortunately, some lawyers care more about the legal fee than you as a person, so make sure you choose wisely. Find a lawyer who understands Georgia’s premises liability laws and cares about you as a person.
At Flanagan Law, we truly care about your life, your injury, and your pursuit of justice. If you want a compassionate lawyer who will advocate fiercely on your behalf, schedule a free consultation today.