Many people who are injured in slip and fall (or trip and fall) accidents are curious as to what kind of damages they’ll receive from their accident. There are a lot of factors that come into play that will govern how much a slip and fall accident in the Dallas area is worth.
First, it must be proven that liability even exists. In order to win a claim from a slip and fall case, you must show that the property owner failed to exercise reasonable care to make its property safe for visitors. The fact that a person fell on another person’s property isn’t enough – it must be proven that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition and failed to make it safe.
In order to recover damages for your slip and fall accident, the property owner obviously must have some assets against which you can collect. If a business isn’t doing well and has very few assets, and doesn’t have any insurance, it may not be worth bringing a lawsuit because there may be no way to receive payment for your injuries.
If you can prove that the property owner is liable, and there are assets or insurance available to pay your claim, the amount of your damages will depend on a lot of factors. Your out of pocket expenses, such as medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, etc. should be included in your award. The rest of your award, which may include amounts for pain and suffering, can be very subjective. The award may depend on the extent of the person’s injuries, the extent of the property owner’s negligence, and other factors. An experienced personal injury attorney should be able to give you an estimate on what a settlement or verdict could be.
If you’re in the Dallas area and you have suffered a slip and fall accident, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. Our experienced group of attorneys can help you evaluate the strength of your case and your legal options.