A slip and fall is a terrible experience. You are minding your own business, maybe grocery shopping or walking in a mechanic’s garage and suddenly you find yourself on your back. The incident itself is bad enough, yet you can’t just put it behind you. You have medical bills to pay from the immediate and long-term effects of the fall. While injured, you cannot work which makes paying these bills even harder. There are other effects as well, such as a loss of enjoyment in things you used to love. You may have even been at work when your fall occurred, which further complicates both your employment and getting the restitution you deserve. This is why Davie, FL attorneys are so often asked about this type of incident. The most common question is “How much is my slip and fall case worth?”
Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer. The amount your case is worth is an individual, and based on many factors. Consider the following truths that demonstrate the seriousness of these types of accidents, as well as what you can expect:
#1 Slip and fall victims miss an average of 11 days of work due to the accident.
A slip and fall accident results in an average of 11 lost days of work. If you cannot afford to take over two full work weeks off of your job, you certainly not alone. Most American workers can’t either. And your company probably won’t be able to afford it either. In fact, you may even be let go because of the work and productivity you’ve missed. This will only make the situation worse for your finances and mental health, as well as your physical health if you had insurance through your job like most people. This is why if you miss work because of a slip and fall, you may recover for lost income in addition to your other damages.
#2 You probably won’t have to go to trial.
Most slip and fall cases do not! In fact, only two percent of these cases go to a jury trial. Many people hesitate to bring a personal injury action because they worry about having to testify in a courtroom, but this happens very seldom. Most likely, you will settle out of court. When you bring a personal injury claim with The Longo Firm, you’re an active part of the settlement process. You have control over whether your case goes to trial or results in a settlement. We are certainly willing and able to go to trial if that is what is best for your case!
#3 The main argument will be whether it was preventable or not.
During your case, you won’t be arguing whether you fell or not. Of course you did! The main issue is whether it could have been and should have been avoided by the property owner. For example, if you slipped and fell as a result of water on the ground, then you must prove the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous situation and they failed to clean it up. This is commonly called the “notice requirement.” Because of this, property owners have a defense that they didn’t know of the existence of the foreign substance and thus are not liable. This is why you need a good attorney on your side, fighting for the fact that this is their responsibility!
If you’re ready to get started with your Davie, FL slip and fall case, we are ready to be there right by your side. The Longo Firm has successfully handled hundreds of personal injury cases just like yours. We understand how the insurance companies work and use this knowledge to your advantage. At the end of the day, our main mission is to get you the most money possible for your slip and fall case- period! You can contact The Longo Firm at (954) 862-3608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.