An attorney can draw from their experience to get an idea of how much a slip and fall case is worth, however, there simply is no magical formula that can predict the value of your slip and fall case because the facts and circumstances are different for every case. The fact is, the damages a person suffers ultimately determines how much a case is worth and influences how much is actually awarded.
To give you an idea of how settlements are awarded in slip and fall cases, here is an example case involving a woman from Raleigh who slipped and fell on a wet slippery surface while picking her child up from an elementary school [Source: The News and Observer]. As a result of the fall, the woman had to have her leg amputated and suffered “major catastrophic and life-changing injuries” according to the lawsuit she filed against the Wake County school system. Rather than have the case taken before a judge and jury, the school system and its insurance carrier agreed to pay the woman $1.5 million for her injuries, expenses, and other damages.
Now, something you do need to be aware of is that every state has its own laws when it comes to slip and fall claims. While some limit the amount an injured party can receive when they choose to file a lawsuit against the responsible party, others do not have a cap set on how much can be paid to the victim.
Does Mississippi set a cap on how much a victim can receive in a slip and fall case?
Although the state of Mississippi has not set a cap on non-economic damages, which include medical bills, lost wages, and other things that can easily be valued or quantified, it does set a cap for non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are harder to value and might include:
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of society and companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Physical impairment
- Injury to reputation
- Loss of the enjoyment of life
Currently, the state of MS has set the limit for personal injury cases, which include slip and fall accidents, to $1 million. This means you are only entitled to collect up to $1 million for things like pain and suffering, mental anguish, and any of the other damages that you see listed above.
How much might my slip and fall case be worth?
If you slipped and fell in Madison, MS and are looking to receive an estimate for how much your slip and fall case might be worth, it is best you contact Madison, MS personal injury attorney William E. Ballard. Before providing you with an estimated value for your case, attorney William E. Ballard must assess your injuries, medical expenses, and other damages you suffered. If you would like to schedule a time where you can sit down and discuss your case with a knowledgeable and experienced MS personal injury lawyer, contact our firm today by calling 769-572-5111.
You can reach Ballard Law, PLLC. at:
108 S. President Street
Jackson, MS 39201