If you suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident, you could receive damages for both your economic and non-economic losses. This may include compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
You will have to look at how the slip and fall has affected every part of your life. Then, you can assign a value to your losses. You can file an insurance claim and negotiate for a fair settlement. You can also file a lawsuit if this settlement does not cover all your losses.
You Can Seek Awards for Your Many Losses
Awards for personal injury cases, like a slip and fall, usually fall into two categories, economic and non-economic compensation. You may also seek awards on behalf of a loved one who suffered a fatal injury.
Economic damages award you for your tangible, calculable out-of-pocket expenses. This includes all medical care related to your accident and compensation for your future care needs, including:
- Emergency room treatment
- Rehabilitation services
- Follow-up procedures
- Long-term nursing care
Economic damages can include compensation for wages lost due to your injury and recovery. If you cannot return to work because of your injuries, you can seek damages for your future lost earning capacity. Economic awards may also include compensation for any personal property the accident damaged. Examples of this could include a cell phone or watch.
These damages offer monetary awards for an accident victim’s pain and suffering. You may be entitled to economic damages if your injuries resulted in:
- Severe scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of limb or body part
- Chronic pain
- Loss of mobility
Not all complications arising from a slip and fall accident are physical. You may also seek non-economic damages for mental and emotional conditions arising from your injuries. These can include:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Wrongful Death Compensation
According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Chapter 71, if your loved one died because of the negligent actions of another party, you can seek compensation. The right to seek awards belongs to the deceased’s:
- Surviving spouse
Wrongful death compensation may include awards for:
- Your loved one’s lost earning capacity
- The loss of their service, support, care, and advice
- The loss of their love, companionship, and society
- Your lost inheritance, including money your family member would have saved, had they lived
- Your own pain and suffering caused by your family member’s death
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To Win Your Case, You Must Prove a Property Owner Was Negligent
To win damages, you must show that the party in question behaved negligently, and their negligence resulted in your injuries. This means the at-fault party did not keep the property in a reasonably safe condition.
Examples of property negligence that could cause a slip and fall include:
- Ripped or torn carpeting
- Lose or cracked floorboards, tile, or concrete
- Wet or slippery surfaces
- Lack of snow and/or ice removal
- Lack of hand railings
- Poor lighting
- Lack of caution signs or warnings regarding dangerous areas
Do You Need an Attorney to Pursue Slip and Fall Accident Damages?
You can seek an insurance settlement or even take legal action alone. However, working with an attorney has advantages. Our personal injury lawyers can do the work necessary to prove another party is responsible for your injuries. We will:
- Visit the scene of your accident
- Speak with witnesses
- Consult with experts
- Track down any available photographs or videos about the accident
- File your insurance claim
- Take care of deadlines and paperwork
- Communicate with all involved parties on your behalf
- Calculate your economic and non-economic damages
- Pursue the maximum settlement amount possible during insurance negotiations
- Review your settlement offers and fight back against low payments or denials
- Represent you in a lawsuit, if needed
Texas’s Statute of Limitations Could Be Important to Your Case
If an insurance settlement cannot satisfactorily resolve your case, you can seek damages in civil court. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, you have two years to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Your time limit begins when you suffered your injury or at the time of your loved one’s death. If you do not file your case within the time allotted, you may not be able to pursue awards.
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Reach Out to Loncar Lyon Jenkins for Assistance Seeking Slip and Fall Damages
Every year, Loncar Lyon Jenkins helps thousands of personal injury clients from across Texas. We will travel to any city or town within the state to serve you. We do not play games. Your lawyer will take your case to trial if that is what it takes to get the damages you deserve.
If you were injured in a slip and fall, do not wait any longer to call in the Strong Arm. We take cases on contingency and offer free case evaluations. Contact our team today at (877) 239-4878.