Damages Available in Slip and Fall Cases

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What Can I Do If I Am Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?

If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be faced with expensive medical bills and other costs stemming from your injury. However, the owner of the property where you were hurt may be legally responsible for your injuries. Depending on the facts of the case and the jurisdiction you were in when the accident occurred, you may be able to recover damages from the owner.

What Sort of Compensation Can I Recover?

If you have been injured by the actions of another, the court will usually award you compensation in the form of something known as damages. The most common damages awarded in slip and fall cases are known as "specific" damages.  Specific damages work to reimburse you for any expenses incurred as a result of the accident. These can include medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and any income you lost because the injury kept you from being able to work. Specific damages are fairly easy to calculate, and can be proven with receipts, pay stubs, and so on.

In addition to specific damages, you may also be able to recover "general" damages. General damages compensate you for your subjective losses. These can include pain, suffering and/or loss of enjoyment of life. The more severe or permanent the injury, the more likely you will be awarded these damages.

Do I Need A Lawyer If I Have Been Injured in a Slip and Fall?

Personal injury cases are very serious and sometimes can have a permanent effect on your quality of life. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident it is important that you contact a lawyer to pursue your case as some states limit or prohibit  the amount of damages you can recover in a slip and fall case. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to advise you of the relevant laws, limits, and any compensation you may be entitled to.

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Last Modified: 09-12-2013 11:24 AM PDT

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