What Slip And Fall Damages Can You Be Compensated For In Florida?
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common reasons for emergency room visits. On average, a visit to the emergency room after a slip and fall can cost upwards of $30,000. Medical insurance companies usually cover a small fraction of these costs.
To make things even more complicated, after a slip and fall, you need to recover from your injury with time away from work. When you include the cost of missing out on work to recover from your injury, the total expense for a slip and fall injuries adds up quickly.
If your slip and fall injury was due to someone else’s negligent actions, you might be wondering if you are eligible for compensation to help you regain your losses. Depending on your injury, you may be eligible for economic, non-economic, and punitive compensation.
Damages Available in a Slip and Fall Accident
Under Florida law, you may be able to collect compensation for your slip and fall accident. If your accident was the result of someone’s negligence, then you have a legal right to seek compensation for your losses.
Find out more about each damage type — and what could qualify as damage — by reading below:
Economic damages may cover the cost and future expenses associated with the accident. These expenses are calculable up with a monetary figure. Notable economic losses include:
Lost Wages/Loss of Career, or Earning Capacity
After a slip and fall injury, you may need to reprioritize your life. You may have to take a temporary or permanent leave from your job. A shift in earnings can have a devastating effect on your life. These damages help you cushion the financial blow after an accident.
Resulting and Future Medical Bills
These damages help you recover the cost of your trip to the emergency room, including ambulance fees. They can also include follow-up doctor visits, surgeries, physical therapy programs, and pharmacy bills.
Permanent Injury or Disability and Resulting Accommodations
Often injuries can force you to make significant lifestyle changes. Compensation can include adding a wheelchair ramp to your house or vehicle modification to accommodate your injury.
You may feel like the quality of your life has diminished after a slip and fall accident. Non-economic damages are compensation for intangible losses. They are not as easy to measure as economic damages. Non-economic damages can help offset the shock of having to adjust to a new lifestyle.
Pain and Suffering
Slip and fall accidents are not just financial burdens. They can take a significant toll on your emotional health and can result in chronic pain and a lifetime of psychological turmoil.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
If your accident has affected your ability to participate in hobbies or other personal enrichment activities, then you may be entitled to compensation.
When the negligence of the property owner or manager causes your accident, then you may be eligible for further damages. Punitive damages penalize businesses for wrongdoing and discourages other businesses from engaging in similar behavior.
The Attorneys at Farah & Farah Can Help You Recover Damages After your Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents can rearrange every aspect of your life. Someone should be held accountable for your injuries, especially when their negligence causes you to lose money, time, and health.
For a variety of reasons, slip and fall accidents are one of the hardest cases to win. Getting representation from a legal professional can help you improve your chances of recovering damages in a slip and fall accident.
You will need all the assistance you can get. Often filing one of these claims means going up against the deep pockets of insurance companies and other industries. We have a proven track of winning slip and fall injury cases for our clients. We can help you get you the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident in Florida or Georgia, call us immediately for a free, no-hassle, and confidential consultation.