If we were to tell you what the average slip and fall case payout is, it would mean absolutely nothing for your case. What someone else may receive in a settlement does not have anything to do with your own legal rights. You are legally entitled to be paid for your full damages when someone else's negligence has caused your fall. You can expect that the insurance company will make it very difficult for you to recover.
First, let us go over what you should receive in a slip and fall case. You should receive money that will pay you back for your damages. These include:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Medical bills
You Must Negotiate Your Claim
You should be prepared for the fact that the insurance company will not make it easy for you to get your payout. They know that the alternative to settling your case with them is to go to court, and they may try to put the ball in your court. They could start by denying the claim in its entirety. Even if they are prepared to make a payout, they will certainly not offer you the entire amount that you deserve. Instead, they will force you to negotiate the settlement agreement.
In the meantime, do not pay attention to the statistics about average slip and fall case settlements. If you suffered over $100,000 in damages, that is exactly what you should seek instead of being happy to get $40,000 because someone said that was the median settlement. In other words, not coming into the case with any concrete expectations is the best thing.
The Timing Is Not Always Under Your Control
You should also expect that there will be no set timeframe to resolve your case. Many will tell you that your case takes between a few months and a few years to complete. Again, that means next to nothing for you. Broad timeframes do not help you much. A large part of your case's timeframe and how quickly you receive your settlement is out of your control. It often depends on how reasonable the insurance company is in settlement negotiations. If they take a harder line, your case could be on the longer part of the spectrum for resolution.
All of this is a way of saying that you should hire an attorney to handle your slip and fall matter. While your attorney cannot force a resolution, they can put pressure on the insurance company to settle your claim for its fair value and not to play tricks in the settlement process. When an insurance company knows that you are represented by experienced counsel, they may take fewer liberties with you.
Charleston Slip and Fall Attorneys
Call the attorneys at the Hopkins Law Firm at (843) 314-4202 or contact us online if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident. We will fight for you as you seek to get what you deserve from the insurance company.
When will I get my slip and fall settlement check?
The timing depends in part on how strong your claim is and how reasonable the insurance company is being.
How much will I get for my slip and fall case?
It depends on your own particular damages and how much you are able to negotiate with the insurance company.
What should I expect from the claims process?
Understand that the insurance company may be difficult about giving you what you deserve in a settlement.