This is one of the most common questions we receive. However, not even the most knowledgeable slip and fall accident attorney can give you a precise answer. This is because numerous factors affect the value of these claims.
Factors for Slip and Fall Claims
It's important to understand all the variables that determine a settlement amount. As you work through the claims process with your attorney, you'll have a better understanding of how the auto insurance carrier is evaluating your claim.
Here are some of the most common factors for deciding how much a particular slip and fall accident is worth:
- Severity of your injuries. You're entitled to be compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other accident-related damages in your settlement—including both past and future damages. If your injuries are more extensive and require long-term care, your past and future medical bills and lost wages will be more, which increases your claim's value.
- Liability of negligent party. Property owners and businesses have a duty to maintain reasonably safe properties and to warn visitors of hazardous conditions. You must prove a breach of this duty to be entitled to injury compensation. If the fault of the owner is clear-cut, this will make it easier to settle your claim and increase its value. When there are serious disputes about liability, this conflict might weaken your case.
- Your fault. Under California’s pure comparative negligence laws, the settlement you receive from the negligent business or property owner would be reduced by your percentage of fault in causing the accident. For example, if you were 10 percent to blame for your fall, you're entitled to 90 percent of the compensation from the negligent party.
Contact Us for Help Valuing Your Claim
If you suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident in San Diego County, I can advise on the value of your claim, obtain the necessary evidence to prove negligence, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Start learning about slip and fall accident claims in California by reading my free book, The Ultimate California Slip and Fall Injury Legal Survival Book, and call my office today to schedule your free consultation.