The sad truth is that slip-and-fall incidents happen all the time. Sadder yet is that some slips and falls are avoidable if property owners take note of and fix potential hazards in time. Because anyone can be a victim of a slip and fall accident, it is important to know the steps to take if you are involved in one.
If you are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, you may consider filing a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner or proprietor. But damages can you sue for? Here are two kinds of damages you can pursue during your premises liability lawsuit.
These damages are designed to provide monetary compensation for expenses occasioned by the injury. These damages vary from victim to victim depending on the nature and severity of the injuries. Compensation towards special damages is meant to take care of the following:
- Treatment costs for your injuries
- Loss of earning and/or earning potential
- Cost of future treatments and rehabilitation
These are usually easy to quantify and document, through bills, pay stubs and other paperwork.
Non-economic damages are relatively difficult to quantify. These damages refer to non-monetary damages associated with the injury. They address the harm that a slip and fall victim generally sustains following the accident. Examples of general damages include:
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of qualify of life
These are often a hot point of negotiation in most claims, simply because they are hard to document.
Injuries resulting from a slip and fall can be devastating. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests while pursuing a premises liability lawsuit.