After a slip and fall, the store could be liable for your accident, and you could file a claim against the owner or company. You could be compensated for your injuries and damages. For instance, your injury could have caused you to miss months of work, brought you piles of medical bills, caused you physical pain, and left you dealing with mental suffering.
Filing a claim for a slip and fall is a process. Learn more about that process below.
Proving a Slip and Fall Claim
When you slip and fall at a store, the first thing you have to do in order to recover financial compensation is to prove your case. Proving your case means proving what caused your fall and who is liable in order to make use of NRS §41.141. You will also have to prove how much damages you suffered and that you were injured due to the fall. Using quality evidence is how you prove your claim.
For example, if you slipped on a spill caused by a leak at the store, you could take photos of the source of the leak and the puddle on the floor, take down statements from witnesses, document the time and date of the incident, and obtain medical evidence.
Here is a list of evidence that can be useful in proving slip and fall claims:
- Photo evidence
- Statements from witnesses
- Surveillance video evidence
- Police reports
- Physical evidence
- Incident reports
- Policies and procedure manuals
- Sweep sheets
- Medical evidence, including doctor’s testimony
How Different Types of Injuries Can Impact Your Claim
A slip and fall can cause serious injuries, which is why it is so important for store workers to be careful. One negligent mistake could be costly for a customer. For example, a store worker who forgets to dry up a mopped floor could mean a traumatic brain injury for you, which could leave you with thinking issues, memory loss, or trouble with coordination, according to MedlinePlus.
Injuries can impact the rest of your life, and that is why your injury’s severity should be considered when filing a premises liability claim against the store.
Some serious injuries that could impact your life forever are:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Shoulder, hip, knee, and wrist injuries
- Burn injuries
- Eye injuries
- Damage to organs
If you suffered an injury due to a slip at a store, you could seek compensation from the at-fault party.
Compensatory Damages for a Slip and Fall Accident
Injuries are not only painful, but they can also be costly. Injuries could prevent you from working for months or years, and this means a loss of income. Injuries often require medical treatment, and medical bills are not cheap. In addition to financial losses, injuries can cause you to suffer in non-financial ways. For instance, an injury can cause you self-esteem problems, physical pain, and lost life happiness.
You may receive payment for all of the ways you suffered due to your slip and fall accident. Premises liability laws allow injury victims to sue when they have been hurt due to negligence on another’s property.
Damages you could receive compensation for include:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Medical costs
- Mental distress
- Cost of mental health treatment
- Cost of physical therapy
- Permanent injury
- Lost life happiness
How the Personal Injury Claims Process Works
If you have never filed an injury claim before, you might not know what to expect. The following are the main steps to the personal injury claims process:
- Investigate the accident to find out what caused it and who is liable for it.
- Gather and preserve evidence in order to prove your claim.
- Calculate your claim’s value by adding up your losses.
- Submit your claim to the appropriate insurance company.
- Negotiate with insurance companies to obtain fair compensation.
- File a personal injury lawsuit, if needed, in order to fight for justice.
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