A slip-and-fall accident can occur at pretty much any location, whether it is a wet floor in the supermarket to a cracked or uneven sidewalk. Slip-and-fall accidents can result in serious or even catastrophic injuries. You may be facing thousands of dollars in medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. You may be looking at missing several days of work. You may not be able to return to work or earn a livelihood at all. These are just some of the consequences victims face in the aftermath of a slip-and-fall accident.
Knowing your rights with regard to how to act after the accident and the steps to take can prove crucial when it comes to securing fair and full compensation for your losses.
There are a number of steps you would be well advised to take after a slip-and-fall accident:
The value or worth of your claim will usually depend on the nature and extent of your injuries and the liability of the parties involved. When it comes to premises liability compensation, there are several things you need to know. Depending on the nature and circumstances of the incident, you may be able to seek compensation for the following damages.
Medical bills: You may be able to seek compensation for your past and future medical treatment related to your accident. In addition to seeking compensation for doctor’s visits, emergency room costs, hospitalization, surgeries and cost of medication and medical equipment, you can also seek compensation for rehabilitative therapy and treatments.
Lost wages: If you missed work because of your injuries, you are entitled to recover the value of income you would have earned during that time. You will need to verify the amount of time you missed by providing a pay stub or a tax return. Your employer may also need to verify that information including your salary.
Loss of earning capacity: If your injuries are so severe that you are unable to perform your job or return to type of work you were doing prior to the injury, you may be able to recover an amount that is meant to compensate you for your lost earning capacity. In addition, you can also receive compensation for vocational training in a different field.
Pain and suffering: This refers to the physical pain and mental suffering you experienced as a result of the slip-and-fall accident. Physical injuries can also result emotional and psychological problems including depression or post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
Depending on the facts of your case, there are a number of parties who can be held liable for a slip-and-fall accident including property owners, property managers, or even a corporation if your incident occurred on a property such as a retail store or a supermarket. Bringing a personal injury lawsuit or premises liability claim against a large corporation can be intimidating and challenging. As the plaintiff you have the burden of proof, which means you need to prove that the defendant was negligent when it came to maintaining the property in a condition that was safe for visitors, guests or tenants (depending on where the incident occurred).
The experienced Orange County premises liability lawyers at Timothy J. Ryan & Associates have a long and successful track record of successfully protecting the rights of injured victims. We understand how a slip-and-fall injury can turn your life upside down. We will help you seek and obtain maximum compensation for your tremendous losses and hold the at-fault parties liable. Call us at (800) 838-6644 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.