A slip-and-fall accident can result in serious bodily harm, which could alter the course of your life. You deserve to collect damages, especially if your accident stemmed from someone else’s negligence.
Knowing which types of damages might be available to you after a fall can help you determine what a fair settlement might be.
Types of economic damages
A serious fall can prevent you from going back to work temporarily or permanently. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, serious injuries, including head injuries, happen in one out of every five falls. Some of the economic damages you might be able to collect include compensation for the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Home modifications
- Work accommodations
If your recovery requires ongoing medical care and rehabilitation, these costs fall under the economic damages category as well.
Types of non-economic damages
There are also several non-economic damages you might experience including loss of consortium, mental anguish, pain and suffering and disfigurement or scarring from your accident. In serious cases where your fall presents a life-altering outcome, your condition could greatly reduce your life expectancy as well.
It will take time to calculate the extent of the damages you experienced. The best thing you can do is to keep detailed records of your experiences after a fall incident. Keep track of the medical treatment you receive, improvements or changes to your condition, and details about how your injury has impacted your life.
Your diligence in documenting your experience may provide critical evidence if you choose to take legal action after your slip-and-fall accident.