Slip and fall accidents are among the most common types of personal injury cases in Connecticut. A slip and fall can occur at the grocery store, hospital, in a public park, or when walking along the public sidewalk. These are often everyday accidents, which certainly adds to their frequency and the high volume of resulting personal injury cases.
Many Bridgeport CT slip and fall accidents are minor incidents that don’t require medical treatment or lead to extensive expenses, but this isn’t always the case. A slip and fall can result in fractures and broken bones, head injuries, and long-term lower back complications. When an elderly or disabled individual falls, the severity of injury can be even greater and require more treatment or rehabilitation.
If you or someone you know suffers one of these serious slip and fall accidents, a Bridgeport CT slip and fall lawyer can help you recover damages related to the resulting injuries and costs. What are these damages? Our team at the Law Offices of Alexander H. Schwartz has compiled a list of five different types of damages you can seek for a slip and fall in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
#1: Medical Costs Already Billed and Paid
A Bridgeport CT slip and fall accident can require minimal treatment at the doctor’s office, an extensive amount of physical therapy, a call to the local ambulatory service, or anything in between. Any and all of these costs can be included in personal injury lawsuit following the accident.
However, there are some restrictions and requirements for requesting compensation for medical costs. First, you need to provide evidence of the medical costs to the court. This can include submitting paid or unpaid medical bills, but you may also need to show the medical necessity of these treatments with a doctor’s assessment or diagnosis. Second, you need to show that these costs resulted from the slip and fall. This second requirement can also be met through a doctor’s evaluation.
Recovery for medical expenses isn’t limited to medical bills already billed and paid. In many instances, full recovery from a Bridgeport CT slip and fall requires physical therapy or rehab. For example, a broken hip can several months to heal or a head injury several years, if not lifelong, treatment. The courts in Connecticut will consider awarding damages for these future medical costs.
However, a court in Connecticut isn’t going to accept a non-medical assessment of future costs. You can’t have your accountant, best friend, or mother determine the amount of future medical costs and expect to the court to award the damages. Rather, your Bridgeport CT slip and fall lawyer can help you obtain the recommendation and evaluation of a medical specialist or doctor to show the need and the estimated cost of ongoing medical treatment.
A serious Bridgeport CT slip and fall accident could leave you unable to work for a period of time. Perhaps you work in a warehouse, and a broken arm leaves you unable to operate equipment or machinery. In other instances, a neck strain may make it impossible for you to sit at your desk at an office job or complete rounds as a nurse. Time off work will eventually impact your overall income, even if your job allows for sick leave or PTO at first.
When a Bridgeport CT slip and fall causes you to lose out on expected income, you can demand that the at-fault party cover this loss. Damages related to lost wages should equal the total amount of expected income for the time period you are away from work. if you don’t lose any income because your job is a salaried position or your time off is covered by PTO, then this type of damages isn’t available to you in Connecticut.
Slip and fall accidents can hurt – sometimes they cause an extensive amount of pain. In the event that your Bridgeport CT slip and fall accident was serious enough to cause regular, ongoing, and enduring pain, you can request a type of non-economic damages called pain and suffering.
If your injuries from a slip and fall are not immediately visible, apparent, or serious, it becomes far more difficult to claim pain and suffering. In these instances, a Bridgeport CT slip and fall lawyer can help you prove the extent of your physical anguish through statements from friends, family, co-workers, and physicians. These statements along with other medical evidence can show that you are unable to participate in beloved activities or have a hindered lifestyle from the pain.
If you feel deserving of pain and suffering damages, it is best to discuss your injuries and resulting lifestyle with a Bridgeport CT lawyer. An experienced personal injury lawyer will have the knowledge and insight to determine if your case rises to the level of severity and other legal requirements to receive these non-economic damages.
Of course, recovering these damages isn’t automatic after a slip and fall accident in Connecticut. To recover any damages or costs from an at-fault party, the plaintiff in a Bridgeport CT slip and fall case must have evidence of the defendant’s negligence, show that the accident was the direct and proximate cause of the injuries, and prove the reasonableness and amount of damages. Collecting this evidence isn’t always easy or straightforward, and that is where attorney Alexander Schwartz steps in.
Our office can help you assess the validity of your Bridgeport CT slip and fall claim and the likely outcome of a personal injury case. To schedule your first conversation with a Bridgeport CT slip and fall lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Alexander H. Schwartz at (203)-255-9829.
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