You’re walking along “minding your own business,” as they say, and just like that, you’re on the ground. Good Samaritans rush over. “Are you okay?” You say yes. But when you get home, you’re feeling all sorts of terrible. The Urgent Care doctor says you’ve broken your wrist, and he advises you to see an orthopedist about a possible shoulder issue. If your accident is a result of negligence on the part of a property owner or business, you may consider suing.
Can You Prove It?
A slip and fall case is a premises liability case that often requires proving negligence, building a case, negotiating a settlement, and sometimes arguing a case at trial. Most lawyers are wary about accepting cases without evidence of negligence. A personal injury attorney will honestly assess your chances of winning based on the information you provide and some research into possible negligence. If injuries are not serious, fail to impact your quality of life, or haven’t resulted in ongoing medical treatment, an attorney may discourage you from suing.
10 Most Common Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Other Forms of TBI
- Severe Cuts and Lacerations
- Knee and Ankle Injuries
- Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist Injuries
- Facial Injuries
- Chronic Pain
Reality Check: Suing on Slip and Fall Cases
Things to know concerning slip and fall cases.
- Most of these cases are settled out of court. However, plaintiffs of successful slip-and-fall lawsuits against property owners and businesses have been known to recover millions of dollars for damages, including hospital bills, physical therapy expenses, and lost wages.
- Even if you have a particularly inspiring slip-and-fall story, you’ll have a hard time winning your case without the help of a qualified attorney.
- Most slip-and-fall cases end in settlements. Depending on the nature of the injury and other factors, average settlements tend to range from $15,000 to $75,000.
Pain and Suffering
People tend to associate personal injury lawsuits (including slip and fall cases) with monetary awards for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering awards are difficult to calculate and are more often than not reliant on the sympathy of a jury. Physical pain and emotional trauma are included in cases where serious injury is sustained. As many personal injury attorneys will tell you, the extent of pain and suffering can be difficult to prove. Even if your case is valid and can prove negligence, the pain and suffering aspect, unless severe, will not enhance your final settlement.
Fatal Slip and Fall Cases
Fatal slip-and-fall accidents, of course, lead to higher settlements. Some of these cases settle for over $200,000, and some for over $1,000,000.00. These cases are not filed as slip-and-fall lawsuits but as wrongful death claims, which by their severity, require large payouts.
The Calvino Law Associates Promise
The legal team at Calvino Law Associates is noted in Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts for the successful prosecution of slip and fall lawsuits. Our experienced attorneys know the right questions to ask and provide an honest assessment of your chances of winning.
Have you fallen, and are your injuries a result of negligence? Call us at (401) 205-3733 or use our online contact form. We serve Providence, North Kingstown, and the surrounding areas in Rhode Island.
Get the legal ball rolling toward getting you the money you deserve, the money to which you are legally entitled. FIGHT BACK. CALL JACK!
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Providence, RI 02907