There is not an average slip and fall settlement in Pennsylvania, as every case is different. Factors unique to you and your case will determine the compensation you can receive for a personal injury. Therefore, it isn’t possible to provide an average slip and fall settlement amount because outcomes vary so widely.
What Variables Can Affect a Slip and Fall Accident Settlement?
Your potential slip and fall accident settlement will depend on many factors unique to you and your case, including:
- Your age at the time of the accident
- Whether you are working and how your injury affects your ability to do your job in both the short and long term
- Your current income and employment benefits
- The severity of your injury
- The cost of medical bills you have incurred
- Estimates regarding your future medical expenses
- Whether your accident involves damaged personal property
- Whether you share some fault for your accident
- Strength of the liability claim against the defendant
It is essential that you understand the full extent of your injuries and damages before accepting a slip and fall settlement offer. Once you agree to compensation, you cannot go back and seek additional awards from the at-fault party, even if you discover your losses are much greater than initially thought. A Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer with our firm can help identify and pursue every cent owed to you.
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What Slip and Fall Damages Can You Recover?
You can seek compensation for monetary expenses resulting from your slip and fall, as well as financial awards for your pain, suffering, and inconvenience. Damages may include:
- Current and future medical expenses, including emergency transportation, emergency department treatment, hospital stays and doctor’s visits, medical procedures, medications, mobility aids and medical equipment, therapy, rehabilitation, extended nursing, and life care
- Lost wages, earnings, and benefits, including compensation for lost future earnings and lost earning potential if you cannot return to the workforce, must change jobs, or reduce your workload due to physical injury or permanent disability
- Property damages to pay for damaged or destroyed personal items, like laptops, cell phones, or cameras
- Physical and chronic pain
- Loss of mobility
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental and emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Death of a loved one, which may include compensation for the deceased’s estate and surviving family members
Who Is Financially Liable?
Whether you fell at a private residence or on commercial or public property, if your slip, trip, and fall resulted from an owner or manager’s negligence, you should not have to pay for the above damages. Another party may owe you premises liability compensation if your accident resulted from:
- Negligent snow or ice removal
- Cracked or broken sidewalks
- Broken floorboards
- Cracked tiles
- Torn carpeting
- Wet/slippery floors
- Uneven surfaces
- Unsecured cords
- Obstructed walkways
- Broken or missing hand railings
- Broken stairs
- Lack of lighting
- Failure to warn patrons of known hazards or cordon off dangerous areas
How Long Do You Have to Settle a Slip and Fall Accident Claim?
You can pursue your slip and fall accident damages with a claim against the property owner’s insurance policy or with a lawsuit. According to Forbes Advisor, most personal injury cases settle outside of court, with only around 5 percent going to trial. However, you do not have unlimited time to work through your claim.
According to Pa. C.S.A. § 5524, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania. If you cannot reach a fair settlement agreement with the at-fault party within this window, you must take legal action before the time expires. Failing to do so will likely lead to the court refusing to hear your case, even if you have solid evidence of negligence or wrongdoing.
Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Get You More Money?
Working with a lawyer does not guarantee a higher settlement amount. However, an attorney with our firm can use their legal knowledge and case experience to identify, estimate, and pursue fair and full compensation for your slip and fall injury. Working with us also provides you with a legal ally who will stand up for your rights and fight to protect your financial stability.
We Can Collect Evidence and Build Your Case
Building a solid personal injury claim takes significant effort. We can do the work needed to construct a solid argument establishing your right to compensation, allowing you to focus your time and energy on healing. We can:
- Investigate your slip, trip, and fall to determine its cause and identify liable parties
- Obtain medical records, accident reports, and other case documents
- Take photographs and collect physical evidence from the site of your accident
- Locate and interview eyewitnesses
- Track down available cell phone or surveillance video of your fall
- Draft your demand letter and insurance claim
- Manage case-related phone calls, texts, emails, and meetings
We Can Fight for the Maximum Possible Settlement
Insurance is a business, and the goal of a business is to make a profit. Insurers aim to increase their bottom line by doing everything they can to keep slip and fall settlements in Pennsylvania as low as possible. Therefore, getting the money you deserve may take some negotiating. We can:
- Collect bills, receipts, invoices, and other proof to document your economic damages
- Provide medical evidence, secure expert testimony, and other evidence to establish your right to compensation for non-economic damages (pain and suffering)
- Obtain estimates regarding your future medical bills and other ongoing accident-related expenses
- Defend you against allegations of negligence or wrongdoing from the opposing side that may reduce your settlement amount
- Push back against hardball negotiation strategies, lowball offers, or bad faith tactics
- Negotiate a favorable monetary settlement that meets your needs
- Represent you at trial if necessary
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Call Berger and Green About Your Slip and Fall Accident in Pennsylvania
You and your family should not have to pay for an accident you did not cause. Contact Berger and Green today to learn more about how a Pennsylvania slip and fall accident attorney with our firm can help you pursue the highest possible settlement.
While we cannot determine the average slip and fall settlement in Pennsylvania, we can talk with you during a free consultation about your legal options. We charge no upfront or out-of-pocket attorney’s fees if you hire us to represent you.