When you are trying to determine how much you could be owed in a personal injury case, you should know that a jury is unlikely to award you vast sums of money unless you can prove that you have lost such an amount as a result of your injury. Simply put, how much you are awarded in a slip and fall suit should cover the sum total of your losses during the accident, treatment, and recovery.
Your settlement should include enough money to compensate you for your:
- Medical losses. When estimating your damages, the first thing you should calculate is the amount of your medical costs. For example, if you suffered a broken leg, you should tally up your total out-of-pocket expenses (x-rays, prescriptions, copayments, ambulance costs, rehabilitation costs, fuel to and from doctor’s visits, etc), as well as any devices (such as canes or wheelchairs) you purchased to ease your recovery.
- Property loss. Although some accidents involve a loss of property, you will have to prove that the items were lost in the accident as well as how much they were worth. For instance, if an expensive piece of jewelry or your cellphone was damaged in the fall, you may be able to get payment for its replacement.
- Lost income. If you were forced to miss work for any length of time due to your injury, you should calculate the amount of income you could have earned, as well as any incentives you lost (such as commissions, network contacts, or future employment contracts).
- Pain and suffering. If you have suffered an unreasonable amount of inconvenience or pain, a jury may award you an amount beyond your established financial losses, called pain and suffering. While it is up to the jury to choose the amount, victims who have suffered permanent disabilities are more likely to receive additional compensation.
While every case is different, the one thing they have in common is that you only have one chance to make your case and win compensation. To begin building a successful injury case, click the contact link on this page to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.