Slip-and-falls can cause bruises and cuts or paralysis—it all depends on a fall’s severity. To find out about what happens to your body when you slip and fall and the legal options available to you if the negligence of another caused your accident, read on.
Slip and fall injuries can have a devastating impact on an injured person’s life (temporarily or in the long-term), making it difficult to:
- Engage in everyday activities
- Live independently
- Be or remain employed
A slip and fall can harm a victim by causing physical injuries, emotional trauma, and roadblocks to a peaceful life. These can include mild injuries the victim could recover from or long-lasting conditions or disfigurement. Anxiety, loss of wages, and possible career change can also result from psychological trauma and physical limitations caused by the injury.
Calculating the Value of Your Compensation Claim
Estimating the value of your claim will be determined by many factors. It is not just the physical and financial impact of a slip and fall, but the emotional aspect to consider as well.
Non-economic damages can be more challenging to calculate as they are more subjective (think the loss of quality of life or emotional anguish). Generally speaking, combinations of some or all of the following compensation types are available:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation costs
- Current and ongoing medical expenses
- Lost wages and compensation for any impact on future earnings
- Past and future emotional trauma
- Damages for any restructuring in the home to support your care needs
- Lost or damaged property
- Any other related costs
Knowing what to do after a slip and fall accident can help you optimize your compensation claim and help to ensure your settlement will meet your needs, both now and in the future.
Being Proactive About Your Claim
Nevada law provides a means for injured parties to be compensated for their injuries. However, there are strict deadlines to begin legal proceedings if you wish to file a lawsuit per the statute of limitations.
Under NRS §11.190(4)(e), injured parties have two years to file a compensation claim. After which, it is generally unlikely you will be able to pursue legal action for financial recovery.
The Benefits of Working with a Personal Injury Lawyer
Slip and fall accidents can be serious and costly. We understand you may be in pain after being injured by another party’s negligence. Fortunately, the first step to protecting your financial future can be as simple as obtaining a consultation with a personal injury lawyer’s staff.
With often no personal obligation, a case review is an opportunity to discover the legal options you have available in seeking a fair settlement for your injuries and other costs.
Along with providing valuable advice about your compensation claim, other benefits provided by a personal injury law firm include, but are not limited to:
- Providing a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident
- Identifying the at-fault party
- Proving another person’s negligence resulted in your injuries
- Gathering key evidence to support your claim
- Negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurers on your behalf
- Reviewing settlement offers and advising if they will meet your current and ongoing care expenses
- Representing you in court, where necessary
Insurance companies often put up a strong fight to protect their business interests when paying out settlements to injured parties. This can add complexity to the legal process.
Having a personal injury lawyer fighting your corner with effective settlement negotiations is another reason many victims of slip and fall accidents choose legal representation. It also means injured parties can entirely focus on recovery without worrying about taking on legal proceedings alone.
Start Your Compensation Claim Today with a Free Case Review with One of Our Attorneys
At Bernstein & Poisson, we bring more than 60 years of combined experience to help you recover the compensation you deserve at this difficult time. We take the time to get to know our clients’ challenges, which helps us focus our knowledge, experience, and resources to where they can be of the most benefit.
With a strong track record of positive results, we have helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. For a free case evaluation and to find out more about claiming compensation, call our committed team and start today.