After you suffer an injury in an accident as a visitor on unsafe property, you have the right to seek a personal injury claim. What is the average settlement in a slip and fall claim? Although the settlement amount depends on the severity of the injury, five-figure amounts are the most common.
If your injuries are minor and you do not miss significant time from work, you may settle for a few thousand dollars. On the other hand, should you have serious injuries that leave you unable to work and that lead to disability, you could settle for a six- or seven-figure amount. Each case is unique.
Understanding How to Reach a Slip and Fall Settlement Amount
Determining what amount to request in a personal injury case after a slip and fall can be a tricky process. Our legal team can provide advice on the factors that will affect your potential settlement.
Keep in mind that our legal team will never guarantee that our clients will win a certain amount in a personal injury case. We may share with you a general idea of the amount we can potentially win. The exact amount we request will depend on the individual factors found in your case.
Should you need emergency care, a long hospital stay, surgeries, a stay at a rehabilitation facility, or in-home nursing care after your slip and fall, you will have extensive medical bills. You did nothing wrong, but the property owner’s negligence led to your injuries, so you should not have to pay for these bills yourself.
When you have larger medical bills, you will be eligible to receive a larger settlement than average. However, if you only see a doctor once for your injuries, you will not need much reimbursement for your medical bills.
In a personal injury settlement, the injured party may be unable to work for days, weeks, or months. The length of time the victim must miss work will play a key role in the amount of any settlement. Reimbursement for lost wages can add up quickly.
To receive a settlement for lost wages, you will need a doctor’s recommendation that you should not be working during your recovery. If you alone decide you cannot work, you will not have much success convincing an insurance company that you deserve reimbursement for missed work.
Potential Ongoing Medical Costs
With some injuries, you may need ongoing care for years after you reach a settlement with the insurance company. If so, our team can help you come up with an estimate of the medical costs you will face going forward. We then can ask for money as part of the settlement that takes this estimate into account.
These ongoing costs can include things like:
- Prescription drugs
- Physical therapy appointments
- Future surgeries
- In-home nursing care
- Special equipment for sleeping
Reduction in Quality of Life
If you will be unable to enjoy the same quality of life in the future because of your injuries, or if you will have ongoing pain and suffering, you can receive a financial amount to reflect this situation.
This is a difficult amount to estimate. It depends on the severity of your injuries and on any disability you may have. If you enjoyed hiking with your family, for example, and your injuries no longer allow you to go hiking, you deserve payment for this new hardship you are facing.
Our personal injury attorneys have quite a bit of experience helping clients figure out how to calculate a pain and suffering amount to request. We can rely on successes we had in past cases to settle on a realistic amount to request from the insurer.
For a free legal consultation, call 864-326-3333
How do I Know If I Am Eligible to Receive a Slip and Fall Settlement?
Of course, before you focus on the amount you could win in a slip and fall case, you need to know if you are eligible to file a case. First, we need to prove that the property owner violated S.C. Ann. § 27-3-30, which spells out the property owners’ duty of care to keep visitors safe.
Next, we need to show that you have a financial loss related to the injuries you suffered.
Finally, we need to be sure we are within the three-year statute of limitations for South Carolina personal injury cases, as specified in S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530.
Our Team will Work Hard to Help You Win a Settlement
When you hire Hammack Law Firm to represent you in a slip and fall case, rest assured that we focus on your case, rather than on the average settlement. We will rely on the facts in your case to seek the best possible settlement. We understand that every case is unique, and you may deserve a higher than average settlement.
For a free consultation about your slip and fall case, contact us today at (864) 326-3333.