If you sustain injuries from a slip and fall accident, you may wonder how you can pay for your expensive medical bills relating to the accident. Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents are constantly happening in our society due to negligence and many other reasons. Here is a brief overview of some of the largest slip and fall accidents occurring in California over the years:
- Employees ignored a spill of liquid soap at a Costco store and a woman fell, shattering her kneecap. She was rewarded over $400,000 to cover her expenses.
- A visitor at a shoe store tripped over a sale sign and suffered strains and sprains that led to surgeries. The medical expenses were over $115,000.
- A woman fell over a shelf at a K-mart and they were able to prove that an employee should have been acting more safely to avoid causing the accident.
Things to Consider Before Settlement
There is no need to rush to settlement, especially when you are not sure if your injuries will worsen or not. You never know if you will have permanent or long-lasting pain, scars, and more associated with your accident. Insurance companies want you to settle quickly, but you should always take your time. Some things you should ask yourself before settling are this: Have all your injuries been accounted for? Are you aware of all the damages available to you? Do you know the long term effects associated with your injuries? Was a property owner at fault? Have you gone over everything with your attorney?
There are two types of damages that you may be able to receive in a slip and fall case, known as general damages and special damages. Special damages are very commonly awarded and work to reimburse you for expenses that you incurred due to your accident. This includes medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and income that you lost. General damages are a bit different and can compensate you for any other losses like pain, suffering, or loss of enjoyment of life.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, the first thing that you should do is speak to an attorney who can handle your case. We have experience settling personal injury accidents and can get you the compensation you deserve. Call today for more information on how we can assist you.