Slip and falls are invariably among the most common causes of accidental injury in the Indianapolis area. They can affect anyone at virtually any time, and often result in injuries more commonly associated with more “serious” accidents. In many instances, victims can recover compensation for the losses they incur as a result of a slip and fall accident, so it is important for to understand your legal rights. The information below answers some commonly asked questions about slip and fall law in Indiana. For more information, call the Law Office of William W. Hurst to speak to an attorney.
When Can Victims Recover Compensation?
If a slip and fall is the result of someone else’s negligence, then victims are typically entitled to compensation for their injuries and other losses. Whether negligence caused an accident depends on a variety of factors, including the victim’ legal relationship to the owner of the property on which the accident occurred and the nature of the hazard that caused the accident. Some common examples of fall hazards that are often, but not always, the result of negligence include inadequate lighting, wet floors, torn carpet, exposed cables and wiring, and cracked pavement.
How Much Is a Slip and Fall Case Worth?
Slip and fall victims who have sustained significant losses rightfully want to know how much they will be able to recover. Because every case is completely different, it is simply not possible to provide an estimate of how much a case is worth without conducting a thorough analysis of all of the relevant factors. Factors that will likely influence any slip and fall settlement or award you receive include:
- Your age
- The severity of your injuries
- Your prognosis
- Your occupation
- Whether your own negligence contributed to your accident
What if I was Partially at Fault for My Accident?
Many slip and fall cases happen for a number of concurrent reasons. What if you were looking at your phone when you slipped on a wet floor that wasn’t marked? Or perhaps you had too much to drink and fell into an open construction excavation that was not properly sealed from public access? So long as your own negligence did not exceed that of the party responsible for the safety of the property, you will still be able to recover compensation—but your proportion of fault will reduce the compensation you recover.
Call the Law Office of William W. Hurst to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With an Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident that happened on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover compensation for your accident-related losses. Our personal injury lawyers understand how important it is for victims to recover compensation and do everything we can to make sure our clients can focus on the most important thing—their physical and emotional recovery. To schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney, call our office today at (317) 636-0808 or send us an email through our online contact form.