If you suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party. What types of compensation can you receive?

Types of Compensation Awarded to Victims in Slip and Fall Accident Claims

When deciding whether to pursue a claim against a negligent business or property owner that caused your injuries in a slip and fall accident, you need to understand the basics about a slip and fall case. This includes knowing the statute of limitations, or time limit, for suing and how settling a slip and fall claim works. Another very important consideration is what compensation you would be entitled to in your settlement.

What Types of Compensation Could You Receive When Filing a Claim Following a Slip and Fall Accident?

Knowing what types of compensation you are owed will help you request all that you are entitled to in your settlement with the negligent party’s insurance company. In Washington State, you are generally entitled to economic and non-economic damages in a slip and fall accident. The types of compensation you may recover include the following:

  • Medical expenses. You are entitled to be compensated for you doctor bills, hospitalization, surgery, medications, physical therapy, and any other medical treatments you need for your injury. If you need assistive aids, such as a wheelchair or modifications to your home, these may also be included in this portion of your claim.
  • Lost wages. During the time you are off work recovering from your injuries, you are entitled to lost wages, which can include much more than your past and future paychecks. You may be entitled to lost sick and vacation time, commissions, bonuses, overtime, and other perks of your job. If you must make a career change or are permanently disabled, you could also recover your lost earning capacity in the future.
  • Pain and suffering. You are entitled to be compensated for the pain and suffering you experienced due to your injuries. While often more challenging to calculate, this can be a large portion of your claim when you are off work for months or longer coping with injuries that limit your quality of life.
  • Wrongful death. If a loved one died as a result of his injuries, you may be entitled to bring a wrongful death action for compensation for his reasonable funeral expenses, medical expenses for his last illness, and the loss of his financial and emotional support.

Is There a Cap on How Much Compensation You Can Receive?

In some states, there is a cap on how much compensation a victim of a slip and fall accident can receive. Fortunately, there is no limit on the amount you can receive from the negligent party who caused your injuries in Washington.

You need the assistance of an experienced slip and fall accident attorney to accurately determine the compensation you deserve and to fight to obtain it from the negligent property owner’s insurance company. For more information on your legal options and how our skilled legal team can help, call our office today to schedule a free initial consultation.