August 14, 2018

3 Facts to Know About Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawsuits

You’ve probably heard something about slip-and-fall accidents at some point in your life. What you probably heard was the classic story of the customer who fell on a wet floor. Slip-and-fall accidents happen to millions of people each year. They account for a large portion of personal injury cases. Here are some additional tidbits of information that you may not know about such cases:

1. The Floors Themselves Are Responsible for Millions of Incidents

Flooring materials play a huge role in many of the slip-and-fall incidents. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that at least 2 million incidents each year have something to do with the flooring that the place had. Improper flooring automatically makes it more dangerous for shoppers and visitors. In the midst of a slip-and-fall case, the experts do examine all factors, and dangerous flooring has a bearing on how the courts decide on the matter.

2. Only a Small Portion of Cases Go to Trial

Not many slip-and-fall cases go very far. A considerable portion of them ends early. Only about 2 percent of slip-and-fall cases actually make it all the way to full-blown court cases. The reason is that many of the accused parties would rather settle out of court than to experience media exposure and such. Many of the parties who are charged with negligence are more than happy to settle in the early stages and provide the victims with a bulk monetary payout to stop the cases from proceeding into the public eye. Victims are usually delighted to not have to wait for years to get the money to pay their medical bills. A seasoned personal injury attorney is a persuasive master who knows how to get accused parties to make hefty out-of-court settlement offers.

3. At-Fault Victims Can Get Paid

Many people automatically assume that accident victims cannot collect compensation if they are in any way at fault for an incident. That’s not true in the personal injury world. Many states have laws that allow victims to collect partial compensation if they are less than 51 percent responsible for an incident. For example, a person could still get compensation for a slip and fall occurrence even if she was wearing inappropriate shoes or doing distracted store walking. In that case, a winning victim would receive a settlement with her percent of fault deducted from the total. For example, she’d only receive $150,000 from a $300,000 settlement if she was 50% responsible for the accident.

That’s just some information that you should know about slip-and-fall occurrences. You should speak to a legal specialist if you find yourself involved in such an incident because you may be eligible to receive monies for your medical bills.