When you fall in a retail store, parking lot, sidewalk, medical facility, or government office, you might be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. Property owners, including owners of commercial, private, and public property, have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to protect people who are on their property from injuries. When a property owner fails in the duty of care, the owner can be held liable for any damages caused by an accident on the property.
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries. These injuries can result in substantial financial costs in addition to the pain and suffering you experience because of the injuries. Our Fresno slip and fall attorney can help you file a claim to recover compensation for your losses and damages.
Calculating the Value of Your Slip and Fall Claim
Several factors impact the value of your personal injury claim. Those factors include:
- The type of injury sustained in the fall;
- How severe the injury is;
- The type of medical care or treatment received/needed;
- The amount of lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses;
- The length of time it takes to recover from the injury; and,
- Whether you suffered any scarring, disability, or disfigurement.
When we are determining the amount to demand for settlement, we consider all factors, including your pain and suffering to maximize the amount of compensation you can receive for your claim.
Economic or Special Damages
These damages are your “out-of-pocket” financial damages related to the collisions, your injuries, and your recovery. Special damages are expenses you either paid or owe because of the accident or money you lost because you were injured. Examples of economic damages include:
- Property damage (e. broken cell phone, eyeglasses, etc.);
- Medical expenses, including any future medical costs;
- Lost wages, including future lost wages;
- Loss of future earning capacity;
- Medications and special medical equipment; and,
- Other reasonable related expenses.
We use the actual dollar amount of each loss to calculate the amount of money the property owner owes you for your special damages.
General damages or your “pain and suffering” damages are intangible and subjective. It is much more difficult to calculate these damages because there are no “bills or invoices” for your physical pain, mental anguish, stress, emotional suffering, or loss of enjoyment of life. An experienced California slip and fall attorney can help you maximize the value of your general damages to increase the amount of money you can recover for your claim.
Punitive damages are rare in slip and fall cases. Punitive damages “punish” and “deter” the property owner from acting in a grossly negligent manner or acting with willful, wanton disregard for the safety of others. If punitive damages are warranted to deter the behavior that caused the fall, our attorneys will include a demand for these damages.
Call a Fresno Slip and Fall Attorney
If you are injured in a fall, our attorneys want to help. Contact Torem & Associates by calling 1-800-954-4444 or by using the contact form on our website to request your free consultation with a slip and fall attorney in Fresno.