Your slip, trip or fall injury may have happened in a grocery store, on steps outside an office building, in a park or from a hotel balcony. Your injuries may include a broken bone, head injury or spinal injury. Whatever the circumstances and whatever the injuries, you need to know how to get your medical bills paid and your lost wages replaced when the accident was serious. You deserve acknowledgement for your pain and suffering if someone else was negligent and responsible for the accident. Speak with a Mississippi slip and fall accident attorney today at (228) 872-8752.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur in a variety of scenarios, and the resulting injuries may be severe. Some of the most common types of these accidents include:
Wet or slippery floors – Wet and slippery floors are a common cause of slip and falls, as mops or cleaning liquids may leave surfaces too slick to safely walk on. Spills, leaks, and other sources of moisture should always be addressed quickly to reduce the risk of falls.
Uneven surfaces – Slippery or cracked surfaces can be very dangerous for anyone walking over them, as even a small crack or hole can cause an individual to trip and fall. Uneven floors, rugs, mats, and other floor surfaces that have not been properly secured can also easily cause tripping accidents.
Lack of handrails – Having adequately maintained handrails on staircases is essential for safety, as a lack of proper handrails or ones that are not in good condition can result in falls.
Debris or obstacles – Walking through a cluttered space can increase the risk of tripping and falling. Obstacles such as boxes, cords, or equipment left in walkways can easily get in the way and lead to an unexpected accident.
What Types of Damages Can Be Recovered in a Slip and Fall Claim?
To obtain the compensation you need, you may be able to file an injury claim against the property owner or any other person or entity responsible for safety on the premises where you were hurt. You may need to prove that the owner or manager knew about dangerous conditions in a store or parking garage and failed to act on that knowledge to protect the public.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to recover damages for your losses. The types of damages that can be recovered in a slip and fall claim may include:
Medical expenses – This includes the cost of medical treatment related to your injuries, such as doctor visits, hospital stays, medication, and rehabilitation. You can recover compensation for past, current, and future expenses.
Lost wages – If you have suffered an injury that has caused you to miss work and resulted in a loss of income, you may be eligible for compensation to recoup your losses. You can also recover loss of earning capacity, which means if you can’t go back to your job and make as much money as you did before the accident, your recovery should take this discrepancy into consideration.
Pain and suffering – Slip and fall accidents can cause both physical pain and emotional trauma, and you may be able to seek compensation for the suffering endured as a result.
Loss of enjoyment of life – If injuries have altered your ability to engage in hobbies or activities that you used to enjoy – like hiking, playing sports, or doing certain activities with your kids – it’s possible to seek compensation for these losses.
Property damage – If any of your personal items were damaged in the accident – like a phone or a laptop – you may be able to recover compensation to repair or replace these items.
How Much is Your Case Worth?
The outcome of a slip and fall lawsuit can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, include:
The severity of your injuries –The severity of your injuries will have a direct effect on the potential value of your case. Severe injuries typically lead to high medical bills and will therefore entitle you to more compensation.
Time off work – The total amount of time you have had to take away from work due to your injury can have a major influence on the potential value of your case. This includes any past, present, and future leave taken for medical appointments and rehabilitation sessions related to the slip and fall accident.
Comparative fault – Your case may be negatively impacted if you are found partially responsible for the accident. This can decrease the amount you may eventually receive.
How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?
In most slip and fall cases, lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that the attorney’s fee is only owed if they successfully resolve the case in your favor. If they secure a settlement or verdict, they will be paid a portion of the amount as their fee. Conversely, should they not be successful, you won’t owe them anything for their services.
The portion taken as a fee varies, but it is typically in the range of 33% to 40% of the total amount recovered. If your case goes to trial or if it is especially complex, this rate may be higher. Ensure that you understand the exact arrangement with your lawyer before proceeding with any legal action.
Additionally, make sure to ask about any other expenses that may be involved, such as court fees or expert witness fees.
An experienced Mississippi slip and fall accident lawyer can get your case underway sooner rather than later once you contact a law firm. At Haug, Farrar & Franco, PLLC, initial consultations are free. So if you are unsure of whether you have viable slip-and-fall injury claim, contact us for a no-obligation preliminary evaluation of the known facts.
Get Legal Advice Promptly About How To Pursue A Premises Liability Case
Slip, trip and fall injuries are often difficult legal matters when a property owner or manager claims not to have been able to prevent an accident. However, a skilled personal injury attorney at Haug, Farrar & Franco, PLLC, is prepared to go to bat on your behalf. Our lawyers, paralegals and office staff are available to share our skills and proven strategies for recovering compensation after a slip-and-fall injury.
Did your fall injury occur at work? We can help ensure you get all workers’ compensation benefits you are eligible for without delay. At the same time, we can begin an investigation to determine if a third party — not your employer — caused or contributed to the accident. If so, you may have a viable third-party liability claim. Talk to a lawyer at our firm to discuss all options for getting compensation for you after a slip-and-fall injury.
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Haug, Farrar & Franco, PLLC‘s clients tend to come from Ocean Springs, Biloxi, Gulfport and other area communities. After any Mississippi slip-and-fall accident, we would like to hear from you. Contact us today.
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