Slip and fall accidents occur frequently. It can happen regardless of the place or time. However, the frequent occurrence of such accidents does not reduce their seriousness, as the accidents can result in severe damages, and even death in worst cases.
Most of you might be aware of the fact that you can claim money if a slip and fall accident occurs because of another person’s fault or negligence. If a person failed to avoid the slip and fall accidents on his/her property even though he/she was aware of the existence of conditions that can lead to slip and fall cases, then the person is liable for the accident. In such cases, if you file a lawsuit against them, you can recover money for the damages caused by the accident.
There are different types of damages that can be claimed from a slip and fall accident. They include special damages, general damages and punitive damages. Through this article, we explain these damages for your knowledge.
This is the type of damages that are usually recovered from a slip and fall accident case. It includes direct losses that are incurred by the victim because of the accident. It includes medical expenses, cost of rehabilitation (such as physiotherapy), loss of pay because of the long recovery time caused by the injuries resulted from the accident, pain and suffering, and the value of clothes and other property damages. For claiming these damages, you have to preserve the evidence related to the accident, as well as the proof relating to the expenses you incurred because of the accident.
These damages are more difficult to calculate than general damages, as they span into the future. The damages include loss of earnings that can happen in the future as a result of the injuries caused by the accident, loss of enjoyment, loss of amenity, inability to carry out day-to-day activities, loss of future career opportunities including promotion, etc.
This type of damages happen rarely. For a person to recover such damages he/she should be able to show that the action or inaction of the defendant was unusually dangerous or the person showed a reckless disregard for the safety of other people.
These three are the most common type of damages that can be usually recovered from a slip and fall accident. You can file a lawsuit in the court for claiming such damages with the help of an attorney.