What is the Average Settlement for a Slip and Fall in Phoenix, AZ?
Slip and fall accidents can be a lot more serious than most people give them credit for. A serious slip and fall can result in severe back, neck, and head injuries. They’re often a leading reason why older adults lose their independence.
Even if you aren’t elderly, the Center for Disease Control reports that falls are the #1 reason why any adult has to go to the hospital for any kind of trauma, resulting in more than 2.8 million injuries.
If a fall causes you long-term pain and suffering, causes you to miss work, and racks up your medical bills then you are entitled to compensation in some circumstances.
Who is liable for a slip and fall, and why?
A slip in fall case is more properly known as a “premises liability” case. That is, the owner of any given piece of property has a “duty of care” to make that property as safe as possible.
This means addressing hazards as quickly as possible, either by repairing them in a reasonable time frame, or by posting signs which let people know that the hazard exists.
Often, property owners fail to do this. When this happens, their property insurance policy usually covers your losses, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
How much money does Walmart settle for slip and fall accidents?
Big chains like Walmart, Target, Kroger, and others sometimes settle personal injury lawsuits for very large amounts. You might have seen numbers like $450K, $500K, or even one million dollars. These large awards often include punitive damages for grossly negligent conduct.
In reality, the average slip and fall lawsuit in Arizona usually settles for somewhere between $30,000 and $50,000. In most cases this is more than adequate to address the actual damages of the case.
The facts of your case, of course, are unique, and they will determine how much money you ultimately receive.
How long does it take to settle a slip and fall lawsuit?
Every case is different. Some cases settle over the course of months. Others take years to settle.
The main thing is to get started as early as possible. This has several benefits. First, it means that you won’t be fighting the statute of limitations, which is two years. The evidence is fresh, as are all the witnesses. And you’ll get the money faster.
Once you have an attorney you can even direct creditors who might have a stake in the settlement to speak to your attorney, which means we may be able to keep them off your back.
How can you maximize your slip and fall settlement?
On the day of the accident you should be careful what you say. You don’t want to say anything which could indicate you are admitting any liability of your own. You should also be careful what you say on social media, later.
At the scene of the accident gather witness information if you can. Take pictures if you can. Get medical attention and avoid saying things like, “I’m fine.” Follow all of your doctor’s instructions to the letter.
Finally, get a qualified personal injury attorney involved in your case as quickly as possible. The sooner you do, the more likely you are to avoid making mistakes which can hurt your case.