If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by another person or business, you may be concerned about the amount of compensation you can recover. In a situation like this, where the fault clearly lies with another party, it is likely that you can receive compensation for medical bills and lost wages, but there are other types of damages you may be eligible to receive compensation for as well.
There Are Many Types of Compensation Available for Injured Slip and Fall Victims
The amount of compensation you may recover is based on the circumstances of the case: whether you were partially at fault in causing the accident; the severity of your injuries; and how long you remain unable to work. Slip and fall victims may be eligible for the following types of damages:
- Medical bills. This includes both past and future medical bills, as well as physical therapy and other necessary treatments. Damages may also be recovered for wheelchairs, walkers, prosthetics, or other medical equipment used to aid your recovery.
- Lost wages. This includes both past and future wages lost while you are recovering.
- Loss of earning capacity. If your injuries are severe—such as paralysis or traumatic brain injury—you may not be able to return to work. In this situation, you may be entitled to compensation for future lost earnings. Compensation could include training in another profession, if applicable.
- Pain and suffering. This includes damages for the pain and discomfort you’ve suffered as a result of your injuries.
- Emotional distress. This could be considered part of the damages for pain and suffering. It is awarded if you have suffered psychological injuries such as fear, anxiety, or loss of sleep due to your injuries.
- Loss of capability. If you are unable to engage in your favorite activities, hobbies, or exercise due to your injuries, you may be entitled to additional compensation.
- Incidental expenses. It’s possible you will incur additional expenses due to your injuries. You may need to hire someone else to assist you with day-to-day personal needs or perform household chores and errands. You may also face higher transportation expenses if you need to travel far to see a medical specialist.
- Assistive tools. If you have suffered life-altering injuries may need assistive tools such as modifications to a vehicle or home to continue to be as independent as possible.
It is important to keep financial records of all of the expenses you incur as a result of your slip and fall accident, so you can prove your damages. You should also discuss your current and future losses with an experienced slip and fall accident attorney who can advise you on possible compensation.
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