If you were injured in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident in New York City, you may be considering filing a lawsuit against the parties whose negligence (carelessness) caused your injuries. A number of slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents result in major injuries that can lead to lengthy hospitalizations, the need for ongoing care and treatment and sometimes, loss of earning capacity as the disabled victim is unable to return to work.
Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents refer to several types of incidents where an individual slips or trips causing him or her to fall. For example, if a supermarket employee fails to clean up spilled water or soda on an aisle, and the liquid causes you to slip, you may be able to seek damages from the storeowner and other parties who were responsible for your fall.
Understanding the Value of Your Case
One of the most common questions our personal injury lawyers get from clients is: How much is my case worth? When it comes to slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall cases, each incident and each case is unique with its own set of facts and circumstances. Generally speaking, the more severe your injuries are, the greater the value of your claim.
Here are some of the factors that can affect the value of your injury claim:
Medical bills: These typically include your past, present and future medical bills, which can have a significant impact on the value of your settlement or verdict and how much compensation you eventually receive. This is why it is important that you keep track of all your medical expenses and related invoices for emergency transportation and treatment, doctor’s office visits, surgeries, hospitalization, medication, medical equipment, rehabilitative therapy such as physical therapy, etc.
In addition to past and present medical expenses, your slip-and-fall lawyer will also be able to calculate your future medical expenses depending on the type of treatment and care you will need in the future.
Lost wages: If you missed any time from work because of your injuries, you will also be entitled to recover the amount of wages you would have earned, had you not become injured. This doesn’t change whether you are a salaried employee, a temp worker, work for tips or are self-employed. An experienced New York personal injury lawyer can help ensure that you properly document your income loss. You can verify your income loss with a tax return or pay stubs. Your employer may also have to verify in writing the amount of time you missed because of your injuries and your wage rate.
If you suffer loss of earning capacity, your lawyer will be able to help you calculate your future income losses. If you have to switch careers because of your injury, you can also claim compensation for vocational training in another field of work.
Past and future pain and suffering: This refers to the physical pain and discomfort you suffered as a result of your accident-related injuries as well as the mental suffering you endured. For example, when someone falls down a flight of stairs, suffers broken bones and learns that they will walk with a limp for the rest of their life, the compensation for pain and suffering will be higher. If a person has suffered paralysis as the result of the fall and needs a lifetime of care, the value of that claim can be many, many times greater.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you were involved in a slip-and-fall or a trip-and-fall accident as a result of someone else’s negligence (carelessness), please remember that you have rights. Some of the damages that victims of such accidents can claim include, but are not limited to, medical expenses, loss of wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, past and future pain and suffering, permanent injury, etc.
The experienced New York personal injury attorneys with the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you. For nearly 50 years, our skilled attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims.
Our law firm recovered $1,700,000 for a woman who slipped and fell and received no hospital or medical treatment for one month after the accident. Our law firm also recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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