Personal Injury Claims for Slip and Fall: What Can I Receive?
June 5, 2018 |
Claim Advice, Personal Injury
If you have suffered a slip and fall injury, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
This type of compensation claim falls under Public Liability Law, whereby supermarkets, councils and other public entities are responsible for the safety of everyone who uses their premises.
What kind of slip and fall compensation can I claim?
Before working out how much your payout amount could be, it’s necessary to speak to a slip and fall lawyer and determine the nature of the incident and your resulting injuries and losses.
Perhaps you’ve slipped in a wet supermarket aisle that didn’t have adequate signage, or tripped on uneven paving on a footpath. If significant injury has resulted from the incident, such as commonly claimed hip, shoulder, neck and back injuries, then you may have grounds to make a compensation claim.
There are other types of financial compensation that you might require as well as medical bills—anything from loss of earnings to help required if you’re not able to perform everyday tasks that you once did.
It’s not just physical slip and fall compensation you can claim—there might also be psychological trauma or losses incurred by your trip or slip.
Whatever the circumstances of your slip and fall injury, if it occurred in a public place then the best idea is to contact Schreuders as soon as possible. You’ll learn about your rights and what you might be able to claim.
Waiting too long after the incident can reduce your likelihood of being able to make a claim, or your claim being successful, so get in touch right away.
Every slip and fall case is unique, so receiving tailored advice to your specific situation can help you better understand your specific position. A compensation lawyer will help you determine whether you have grounds to lodge personal injury claims for slip and fall scenarios.
Generally speaking, there are three main criteria for making a claim.
First, you need to prove that the person/company owed you a duty of care. Then, you need to prove that they failed to uphold this duty of care. Finally, you need to prove you have suffered a loss because of it.
What payout amount can I expect from my claim?
The degree of injury or loss following your slip or fall will determine the level of compensation you can expect. Again, no two personal injury claims are the same, and different individuals might have very distinct recovery journeys following a similar incident.
A good way to think about it is to look at your life journey post-incident. What was your predicted life path, if you didn’t slip and fall?
Perhaps you were in a high-paying job, for example. Then you will want to map out what your life journey is likely to look at now that you’ve suffered this injury.
Will you be able to continue working? Perhaps you’ll have to pay for ongoing bills associated with your fall. This discrepancy between predicted and actual life path is what your compensation should seek to cover.
After all, the purpose of compensation is to help to put you back in the position where you might have been, should you not have suffered the fall.
You can claim both past and future expenses
Often unknown about compensation payout amounts is that you can make a claim that covers past, present and future expenses.
Personal injury claims can take some time to process, often up to 18 months. In that time, it’s likely that you would have already had to pay significant medical bills and other costs associated with your fall. Of course, depending on your age and income, the predicted compensation for the rest of your life can be quite substantial.
What are the next steps?
In order to get a successful personal injury claim, the first thing to do is to contact Schreuders Compensation Lawyers on 1300 936 019.
We’ll be able to help you determine all areas of compensation you might be entitled to.
There are a number of thresholds that must be reached before you can claim certain expenses. A claim for pain and suffering, for example, will need to prove 15% impairment. These are the kinds of areas that only lawyers well-versed in personal injury claims for slip and falls can address.
Contact Schreuders today to enquire with our lawyers and give yourself the best chance of successful slip and fall compensation.