The Value of My Slip and Fall Case
Slip and falls are a very common injury. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 1 million emergency room visits per year are attributed to these accidents. They are also the most common injury accident for people from 15 to 24 years of age. As common as they are, a slip and fall can cause very serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to seek the assistance of a New York City slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
These accidents can happen anywhere, but commonly occur because of:
- Falls on icy sidewalks
- Poorly lit, or loose stairs
- Construction site falls
- Loose carpeting or tiles
- Wet floors
You may be surprised to learn that depending on the circumstances of the accident, serious injuries can result including:
Speak with the legal team at Stephen Bilkis and Associates for assistance. If you fell on someone else's property, it is not uncommon for the property owner or insurance adjuster offer you a quick settlement, which may not be the best option. Or, you could say something to the insurance company that could damage your case down the road.
Stephen Bilkis and Associates has been successfully winning and settling personal injury cases for decades. With over one half billion dollars ($500,000,000) in injury awards for our clients, our results speak for themselves. Contact a New York City slip & fall lawyer from our office to receive advice and a free consultation today.
Our legal team is often asked what their case is worth. To provide an answer, the specific facts of your case need to be assessed. Do you have medical expenses because of the accident, or are you unable to work?Medical Costs
If you had a significant slip and fall accident, you more than likely incurred medical costs as a result. This would include things like hospital visits, surgery expenses, medications, etc. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need follow up care, another surgery or rehabilitation. The negligent party involved in your case is responsible to reimburse you for these expenses.Loss of Income
Often when someone sustains a serious injury they will miss a fair amount of time at work, which means a loss of income. The amount of work missed is of course unique to each case. It in some instances where the injury is severe, a victim may need to change their profession, or be unable to work at all. Regardless, if you have missed work because of your trip and fall injury, you have a right to be reimbursed. If you are unable to work in the future, the amount you would have made will be calculated.Pain and Suffering
You have a right to be compensated for any pain and suffered that your accident has caused you. The amount of money you will be able to receive will depend on the severity of your injury. The court will also look at whether you have a loss of "quality of life." If you were an athlete for example, and because of your injury will never be able to run again, this is a loss of quality of life. Arriving at these calculations can be challenging so it is important to consult with an experienced slip and fall lawyer from New York City to ensure your rights are protected.Insurance Policy Limits
One very important factor regarding any insurance claim is the policy limits involved. The amount of money you will be able to recover are limited by the amount of the policy limit. If the policy limit is $500,000 for instance, you will have a difficult time receive more than that. Your lawyer however, will determine if there are other avenues to pursue, such as an umbrella policy.
These components will determine the value of your case. Here are several similar cases and their results:
$9,000,000 Jury Verdict: Elderly woman falls at restaurant, causing cervical cord syndrome.
$7,000,000 Jury Verdict: Man falls at coffee shop, rendered unconscious.
$2,600,000 Jury Verdict: Slip and fall on tile stairway causes traumatic brain injury.
Suffering an injury due to another's negligence is a confusing, frustrating experience. You may be unable to work, and trying to heal from your injuries while the medical expenses continue to pile up. Speak with a slip and fall lawyer in one of our New York City offices. We have offices in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County. Call today at 800.696.9529.