The Most Important Things You Need to Know About Slip and Fall Accidents in Rancho Cucamonga
If you have been injured on someone else’s property due to their lack of upkeep or other hazards, you might have cause for a premises liability case. Keep reading to learn some of the most important things to know about this type of slip and fall case. Then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to request a free legal consultation.
There could be more than one at-fault party
When more than one party is at fault for an accident, there are specific rules in each state’s personal injury law. If you contributed to your injuries in a slip-and-fall lawsuit, these shared fault guidelines will apply. They typically deduct your proportion of fault from the settlement amount.
Slip-and-fall accident compensation is intended for you to recoup your losses – not make you rich
In a slip-and-fall lawsuit, the amount of compensation that may be awarded is nearly always restricted to your losses. The purpose of compensation is to make you whole, not to improve your situation. Nevertheless, the scope of those losses goes beyond just your medical costs.
The compensation is intended to pay for medical expenses, the cost of reasonably anticipated future medical care, lost wages and income, a decrease in earning potential, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other accident-related costs, such as the price of a wheelchair ramp or other home modifications necessary to meet your accessibility requirements.
Punitive damages for slip-and-fall accidents are extremely rare. These losses go beyond just paying you back. They demand restitution from the defendant for outrageous actions taken in connection with the case, such as willfully destroying proof of responsibility.
Most settlements take place outside of court
Trials in slip-and-fall instances are extremely rare. The majority of them are resolved outside of court. These agreements frequently represent a compromise between the case values determined by the attorneys for each party. The settlement sum is the outcome of protracted negotiations that were informed by the attorney’s earlier, related cases.
These settlements are typically driven by the severity of your losses and your part in the accident. The most important aspect of your claim is how serious your injuries were. In order to avoid a potentially huge verdict in the personal injury lawsuit, the defendant will probably be more interested in settling if you have a catastrophic injury.
The defendant and its insurance company might only provide a minimal compensation sum if you were obviously at least partially to blame. The outcome of the personal injury claim may significantly change if a personal injury attorney handles these negotiations.
How can an attorney help me?
At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, we have years of experience helping clients recover full compensation for the damages they have suffered in slip and fall cases. We can gather evidence, negotiate with the insurance company, and take your case to trial if necessary. Call us now at 909-982-0707 to request a free legal consultation.