When you’re injured in a slip and fall accident, your life can change in a matter of moments. You may suffer broken bones, torn muscles or head injuries requiring hospitalization, surgeries and rehabilitation therapy. You may not be able to work. If you believe the property owner was responsible for your accident, you may be thinking about suing. If so, you are probably wondering about the average slip and fall compensation for a case like yours.Do You Have a Case?
In order to bring a successful slip and fall claim against a property owner, your claim generally must meet the following conditions:
Generally, a person injured in a slip and fall case is able to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages may include the following:
Non-economic damages (pain and suffering damages) are more difficult to estimate and includes both physical pain and mental anguish.
What is the extent and severity of the injury? Generally, estimating the ramifications of an injury requires a thorough medical work-up. Physicians from differing specialties may be called on to evaluate your condition and future prognosis. For example, if you sustained a brain injury, you may be impaired for the rest of your life. In that case, you will receive a much greater settlement than you would for a less serious injury.
What is the property owner’s degree of negligence? Proving negligence can be tricky. This is one reason plaintiffs who hire experienced slip and fall attorneys have better outcomes than those who file their own claims. Property owners are not automatically responsible for every dangerous condition. The law considers whether the owner knew or “should have known” about the hazard. Generally, you will receive more compensation if the property owner knew about a danger and did nothing about it.
Was the victim also at fault? Like the majority of states, Michigan is a “modified comparative negligence” state. This means your compensation may be reduced by the percentage of your own fault.
If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you may be considered partially at fault from a legal standpoint:
Slip and fall law is complicated, but finding the right accident attorney is simple.
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