Assessing Damages for a Slip and Fall Injury

  • By:David Bate

After sustaining a slip and fall injury that was not your fault, you may realize you can file a claim against the responsible party but you may not know which damages you can include. The answer varies widely because the set of circumstances of each case is unique. For this reason, we offer victims of slip and fall injuries a free case evaluation by one of our skilled slip and fall lawyers. If you have any personal questions, do not hesitate to contact an experienced slip and fall lawyer Minneapolis MN trusts to ensure you get proper guidance.

Slip and fall injuries can have long lasting health effects, particularly if the victim does not undergo proper medical treatment.  However, if they do not seek and receive compensation from the responsible party, they may not be able to afford such treatment. Because we understand the financial hardship that victims may suffer as a result of needing medical treatment for their injury, we make every effort to resolve cases as quickly as possible.

Medical Diagnosis of a Slip and Fall Injury

Before a slip and fall lawyer can file a personal injury claim, the accident victim must have a diagnosis from their medical provider regarding their injury. Without it, an insurance company will not approve a personal injury claim. In some cases, they may even insist that their own medical provider examines you and bases the claim resolution on their prognosis. If their physician determines your injury is not valid, or that it is actually a pre-existing condition, your claim will be denied. If their opinion differs from the insurance company’s provider, we can include the new diagnosis in the injury claim. If the insurance company continues to deny your claim, we can present our medical expert’s testimony in a civil lawsuit if necessary.

Common Damages Associated with a Slip and Fall Injury

The repercussions of a slip and fall will vary of course, depending on the circumstances. That said, some types of injuries and related costs are more common than others. For example, the following types of damages are often included in a slip and fall injury claim when they apply to the victim:

  • Surgery, medication, medical aids such as crutches, shower bench, bathtub support bars, etc.
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Vocational rehabilitation if the victim will be unable to return to their job because of their injury
  • Modifications to their vehicle or home that are permanent or temporary in order to accommodate their physical ability as affected by their injury

Thank you to Johnston Martineau PLLP providing their insight on assessing damages for a slip and fall injury.

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