Posted February 10, 2016 | Personal Injury
Disclaimer: The dollar amounts referenced in this article are based on past results and should not be interpreted to suggest or imply that other cases will have comparable outcomes. Ultimately, the value of your case is determined through settlement or an award. Because the circumstances surrounding each injury are unique, each case should be evaluated on an individual basis by a personal injury lawyer.
According to the CDC, accidental falls cause millions of injuries and about 30,000 deaths every year in the United States. Because unintentional falls are so common, they frequently form the basis of personal injury lawsuits. When a slip and fall accident is caused by a business or individual’s negligent, careless actions, the victim may be able to recover compensation, which can help with past and future medical expenses, losses of income, pain and suffering, and other costs stemming from the injury. This article will provide some real-world examples of verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania slip and fall cases, while explaining the difference between them.
You’ve probably heard of a case being “settled out of court,” which describes a settlement. You’ve probably also heard of juries “awarding damages” to personal injury victims, which describes a verdict. While settlements and verdicts can both produce the same end result – compensation for the injury victim – the processes by which they are arrived at are very different.
A settlement occurs when attorneys for the plaintiff and defendant are able to negotiate a mutually acceptable sum outside of court. Either side can propose a settlement offer, which might be accepted, rejected, or countered with a different figure. Sometimes settlement negotiations conclude long before trial is scheduled to occur, while in others, they continue up until the very last moment. It is not uncommon for settlements to be kept confidential.
If a settlement cannot be reached, it then becomes necessary to go to trial. At trial, the jury will review the evidence to determine whether and to what extent the defendant was at fault for injuries sustained by the plaintiff. For example, if a plaintiff sues over nursing home abuse in Philadelphia because their parent broke a hip after falling, the jury will examine the facts to determine whether the fall and resulting hip fracture were caused by the actions of the victim’s caregivers.
Sometimes, settling can be the most practical and efficient means of resolution; but in many cases, initial settlement offers are too low to adequately compensate the true cost of the victim’s injuries. It’s always important to consult with an experienced lawyer before accepting a settlement offer, because depending on the circumstances of your accident, you might have a good chance to win a slip and fall lawsuit.
To reiterate the disclaimer above, the following dollar amounts do not reflect guaranteed outcomes for all slip and fall matters in Pennsylvania. They are presented here only as an informational resource to help give injury victims and their loved ones some perspective on the wide range of settlements and verdicts that fall-related claims and lawsuits have previously resulted in.
If you or one of your loved ones slipped and fell at work, a place of business, or on an individual’s private property, Philadelphia premises liability lawyer Brent Wieand may be able to help you recover compensation. To learn more about your legal options in a free and private consultation, call the Wieand Law Firm, LLC at (800) 481-5206 right away. You will not be charged any fees unless Brent makes a recovery for you.
***Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice.***