Slip-and-Fall Accidents: What Comes Next?

  • You were doing your weekly shopping when you suddenly slipped in a puddle that shouldn’t have been there, with no “Wet Floor” sign in sight. You fell, broke your arm, and hit your head on the hard floor, leaving you seriously injured and in need of medical treatment.

    What comes next? Slip-and-fall accidents are painful, and if someone was careless and caused your accident, you deserve compensation as you struggle to recover. If you’re not sure what your next steps should be, consider the information below.  


    Calculating the Value of Your Claim

    First, you’ll need to know how much your personal injury claim is worth. This can be difficult to calculate alone, considering that your non-economic damages (like emotional trauma) are likely severe but come with no obvious price tag.

    Let’s say you suffered a minor concussion and broke your arm in your slip-and-fall accident. You might seek the following damages from the at-fault party:

    • Medical expenses
    • Pain and suffering
    • Lost wages
    • Mental anguish
    • Household services

    Your compensation will likely include a mix of economic and non-economic damages, as seen above. For example, while a broken bone might make it impossible to work, you should also be compensated for the intense pain it might cause. While the financial value of pain is nearly impossible to calculate on your own, you deserve compensation for your pain. A lawyer can make sure you get it.


    Fighting for Your Compensation

    Once you have an idea of what you deserve from your slip-and-fall lawsuit, you’ll be able to file a claim. You may need to act quickly to get your compensation, however. You’ll have only a few years to file, with the deadline varying by state, so act quickly if some time has passed since your accident.  

    You’ll also need to find who is responsible for compensating you. It may seem that it should be the one who spilled the water or who didn’t warn you to prevent the accident, but this isn’t always true. The property owner is often financially responsible for accidents like slip-and-falls. It can be difficult to determine who the at-fault party is, but a lawyer can help you investigate.  


    Speak to a Lawyer About Your Next Steps

    Once you’ve fallen because of unsafe conditions, you’ll start out by seeking medical attention, but what comes after your slip-and-fall accident? It can be tough to get the compensation you deserve when someone else injures you, but a lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates can help.

    When you’re injured, you need help taking the next steps toward filing an injury claim and getting the compensation you need to recover. It’s not easy alone, so reach out for the help an experienced attorney can provide. To get started with a free case review to discuss your next steps, call 1-800-404-9000 or visit us online.