Do you feel as though you deserve compensation for a slip and fall accident? If you slipped, fell and injured yourself due to the negligence of a private property owner, a personal injury attorney will be able to help you recapture any monetary losses and receive compensation for your medical costs. However, there are some things that you might want to keep in mind from the beginning.
1. You Need to Document Your Medical Expenses
Medical expenses are the easiest to seek compensation for, but they need to be thoroughly documented and you do need to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you do not immediately pursue medical care following an accident, it can be argued that you were injured either before or after the event. Your doctor needs to review you to make sure that your injuries are not more severe than they seem. As an example, concussions will often not be immediately obvious.
2. Future Costs Need to Be Considered
Some injuries can leave you with a lifetime of medical expenses, and this needs to be considered; you can't pursue compensation again later on if you find that your medical bills continue. Your personal injury lawers can help you determine this amount with the help of your doctor's advisement. Depending on your career, your future costs may also include a lessened capacity for labor.
3. Don't Forget Any Lost Time at Work
Personal damages don't just include your medical bills, but also any hourly wages that you lost during your recovery time. This can be estimated based on the amount that you worked before you were injured, or can be derived from scheduled work that you missed. This doesn't just include your actual recovery time but also any work missed due to follow up exams or related issues.
4. Non-Material Damages Are Very Rarely Awarded
You may have heard about people suing for compensation regarding emotional distress, sometimes also known as pain and suffering. Emotional damages are very real and they can be pursued, but in general they are rarely actually rewarded unless the event caused severe duress. For most slip and fall accidents, your personal injury attorney will focus on the physical aspects of your case rather than the emotional ones.
For more information about whether you should pursue a slip and fall accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible; the earlier they get involved, the more they will be able to help you.Share
12 December 2014
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