If you have suffered a slip and fall, you may be considering filing a claim for compensation and wonder how long a case would take to settle. Unfortunately, they can sometimes take quite a time to complete.
The typical timeline of a slip and fall case will include the following stages:
- Seek medical care.
- File a complaint and summons.
- Receive the Defendant’s answer.
- Send the Demand Letter.
- Pre-trial Discovery Stage.
- Pre-trial motions.
- Mediation and settlement.
- Collect your judgment.
As you can see, settlements for a slip and fall case can take a long time to come about as they often involve a lengthy legal process. If you have a simple case where the liability is clear, your case could be settled in and take a matter of months. However, any complexities could mean that the settlement could take many months or even years to come about.
We understand that this legal process may seem very long and daunting, but at The Law Place, we will be fully committed to you and your case throughout the whole process. Our lawyers strive for the very best outcomes for our clients, and they will be able to guide you through everything you will need to know.
If you have any further queries, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We can offer you a free consultation where you can give your contact information to a personal injury lawyer and ask any questions you may have. Call us today at (941) 444-4444.
What Is the Average Settlement for Slip and Fall?
Each slip and fall case differs greatly, and therefore working out the average settlement for a slip and fall injury is not easy to do. The amount of compensation received in a settlement will usually depend on whether negligence can be proved.
Some factors which can impact the amount received in a settlement are:
- Negligence of the business or property owner.
- The severity of your injuries.
- Dangerous conditions of the premises.
- Proof that the slip and fall caused the injuries.
- Proof that the property owner created or knew of the danger.
- Whether your negligence was a factor.
There are many more factors that can impact how much a victim could receive in a settlement. Therefore, you can see that determining an average settlement of all cases is difficult to do as there are too many impactful factors.
A personal injury lawyer at The Law Place will be able to give you legal advice and use their previous experience to give you an estimation of what your case could achieve. Call us today at (941) 444-4444.
What Damages Could You Receive in a Slip and Fall Case?
These accidents are incredibly frequent in Flordia. The National Safety Council (NSC) has reported that over 800,000 people are hospitalized each year in the United States after suffering a fall. At The Law Place, we could help you claim compensation if you have suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident. Our attorneys frequently help our clients to achieve compensation for the following:
- Medical treatment.
- Lost wages.
- Permanent disability of injury.
- Pain and suffering.
- Other costs directly related to your accident.
Aside from the general damages related to your injury as the result of your slip and fall accident, you may also be able to claim for how your injury has impacted you. You could file for your pain and suffering based on:
- Sleep problems.
- Your grief and worry.
- Your loss of enjoyment of life.
- Missed events with family and friends.
- Your worry and grief.
Do Slip and Fall Cases Go to Trial?
Most of the time, slip and fall accident cases are resolved in a settlement and often avoid going to trial.
It has been stated that only 2% of slip and fall cases go to trial, and there are several reasons for this. For example, if every single case went to court, the courts in Florida wouldn’t possibly be able to handle the volume of cases. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, half of the accidental deaths in the home are caused by a fall. These types of accidents are incredibly common, and the courts would be unable to hear every case.
Not only this, but often, the threat of taking a slip and fall premises liability claim to court can be the catalyst to getting a settlement and having the case resolved.
Typically, the cases that end up going to trial are the ones that have a reasonable dispute or where there is missing information that is needed for a party to understand why they have to settle the case.
How Do You Win a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?
A lawsuit of this type is often complex and can be difficult to win as it will often be necessary to prove three things. The three things that you need to prove to be successful with your lawsuit are:
- That the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence.
- That the fall relates directly to the injuries, you are claiming for.
- That your injuries suffered, have to lead other financial losses.
At The Law Place, we have the experience and knowledge to help you win your lawsuit. Contact us today for a free consultation and a chance to ask one of our attorneys any questions you may have.
Do You Need to Hire a Lawyer?
If you have suffered an accident and feel you need compensation for your injuries, we would advise that you consider consulting a lawyer.
Most cases where the claimant has slipped and fallen are not suited for self-representation. This is because if you are dealing with an insurance company, they will likely have a fierce legal team behind them. It would be in your best interest to have someone representing you and your interests.
Not only this, but the best way to avoid going to trial is to have an experienced attorney working on your case who will have the knowledge and skills to build you a strong case. Our attorneys will investigate your accident and gather all of the necessary evidence. With an experienced lawyer behind you, the chances of the defense agreeing to go to court are very slim, as it would not be worth them the expense or uncertainty.
If you have any worries of further queries concerning whether a case could go to trial, contact us today at The Law Place. You can call us for a free consultation at (941) 444-4444. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.