Understanding Compensation in Trip and Fall Cases


If you or a loved one has been injured in a trip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The compensation amount is determined after a lawyer assesses your injuries and the causes of the accident. Trip and fall accidents can be caused by various factors, like uneven floors, blocked sidewalks, and other unsafe conditions. Here is more information about seeking compensation with the help of a trip and fall lawyer:

What Is a Trip and Fall Accident?

A trip and fall accident occurs when an individual comes into contact with an object in their path and can’t move over or around it quickly enough. These cases involve premises liability laws that hold property owners responsible for keeping shared spaces clear and safe. Sidewalks should be level and properly maintained to prevent deterioration, debris buildup, and other obstructions that could lead to an accident. Poorly maintained staircases and steps can result in minor trips and major falls. Other causes and locations of these accidents include potholes, parking lots, and shopping centers.

Who Is Eligible for Compensation?

Individuals who were injured in a trip and fall accident caused by dangerous conditions out of their control are eligible for compensation. Compensation is granted to accident victims who experienced significant physical, emotional, and financial harm because of another party’s negligence. If the accident took place on public or private property, the owner may be held responsible for your injuries. If you had to miss work or undergo extensive medical care or physical therapy because of your injuries, you can qualify for compensation.

Types of Damages and Compensation

A trip and fall lawyer negotiates with property owners, insurance companies, and court systems on their client’s behalf to get the compensation they deserve. This financial compensation covers economic, non-economic, and wrongful death damages. Here is more about the types of damages you may receive compensation for:

Economic 

Financial damages come in the form of medical expenses related to your injuries. These expenses include emergency room visits, imaging and tests, and check-up appointments. Your lawyer will evaluate the wages you may have lost if you couldn’t work after your accident. They will also assess whether your ability to earn wages has been negatively impacted. These factors contribute significantly to the overall compensation amount.¬†

Some individuals may have to renovate their homes or add features to their vehicles to make the spaces more accommodating to their injuries. Others may need to hire someone to drive them to appointments, handle household chores, and perform other tasks they can no longer complete independently. If you have accumulated expenses related to these upgrades, your lawyer will include them in your compensation claim. 

Non-Economic

Tell your lawyer if your trip and fall accident caused excessive pain and suffering. This includes mental and emotional distress. These damages can affect various areas of your life, such as your mental health and connections to others. Personal relationships can be affected by accident-related injuries, resulting in loss of consortium and companionship.

In some cases, a loved one’s accident may turn into a wrongful death claim. An experienced lawyer will assess the medical and funeral expenses related to the individual’s death. They will also evaluate the damages to surviving family members. These include the loss of financial support and the loss of parental guidance.

Hire a Trip and Fall Lawyer

Philly Slip and Fall Guys is a law firm with over 30 years of experience fighting for fair compensation. We serve clients throughout Philadelphia County and handle various personal injury case types. During a consultation appointment, our team will assess your case to determine your damages and the amount of compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today to learn more about our services.