A big question you may have after getting the answers about your medical treatment is how much compensation you could be entitled to from the business or person whose negligence contributed to your fall and your injuries.
This is completely understandable. You want to be certain it would be worth your time and energy to pursue a claim against the negligent party and that you are fully compensated for the injuries you’ve suffered.
While an experienced slip and fall attorney can give you a general idea of what he expects to settle your case for, the answer will typically be “it depends”, or “each case is different.” Why can’t he just give you a firm answer at your first consultation? The reason is that he will not know this until he fully investigates your case and the true extent of your injuries is known.
Why You May Not Want to Set the Value of Your Case Too Early
If you suffered minor injuries in a slip and fall accident—like a sprained wrist or something else that will heal quickly and without permanent damage—it could be easy to calculate the amount of your lost wages and medical bills fairly soon after your injury. In this case, your attorney may be able to value your case right away—and reach a fast settlement with the insurance company.
However, in many cases, it is better to wait until you complete your medical treatment or a final diagnosis is made as to the extent of your injuries and long-term treatment before deciding on how much your case is really worth. Reasons this patience can be the best approach include:
- You were not aware of all of your injuries.
- You did not realize the extent of your medical treatment and how long the treatment would be required.
- You did not know how your injury would affect your day-to-day activities and other aspects of your personal life.
- You did not know how the injury would affect your mental health.
- You did not expect to be off work for as long as was required to fully heal or unexpectedly discovered that you could not return to work.
By waiting to place a value on your case, your attorney can be certain to include all the future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering in his calculations—which will help maximize your settlement. Once a case is settled, you cannot later reopen the settlement if you discover your injuries were more serious than you expected.
Other Factors That Determine How Much Your Slip and Fall Case Is Worth
Many factors will come into play once it is time to value your slip and fall case. Some of these include:
- Your total medical bills as well as any anticipated future ones
- Whether you needed to be hospitalized for your injuries
- What types of medical treatment you needed
- The amount of your past and future lost wages
- Whether any of your injuries are permanent
- Whether you were partially at fault for your fall
- How credible you and your witnesses would be at trial
- How your injuries affect your day-to-day life and your ability to work in the future
- What the emotional toll of your injuries is for you and your family
- Who the insurance company is and the amount of insurance coverage
Have You Been Injured In A Henderson Slip and Fall Accident?
If you've been injured in a slip and fall you need to speak with an experienced slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Henderson office directly at 702.405.6000 to schedule a free consultation with our slip and fall attorneys.