Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries and are some of the most common causes of personal injury lawsuits. But how is compensation for a slip and fall accident actually calculated in Ontario?
The level of compensation awarded in a slip and fall case is either determined by the court or agreed upon by both parties in a settlement. In both situations, there are a number of factors that come into play.
Your medical expenses include all expenses related to your slip and fall accident. This might include X-rays, hospital bills, medical equipment, prescription costs and more. As long as you can prove all of your expenses are related to the case then the court will likely order you to be compensated for them. This is why, even though a slip and fall can be traumatic, it’s important that you keep track of all your expenses.
If you miss, for example, two months of work as a result of your injury then you should be compensated for your lost income. The more work you are forced to miss, the greater your compensation should be.
Suffering from a slip and fall can affect not just you, but your entire family. They may have to take time off work to help you, loan you money, or pay for medical costs. Be sure to carefully document any support you receive from your family.
Pain and Suffering
In addition to your medical costs, you can also claim for pain and suffering both now and in the future. This pain can be both physical and mental. Often serious physical injuries result in emotional distress, anxiety, fear, and loss of enjoyment of life. In the worst forms, mental pain and suffering can result in depression, insomnia, and even post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Serious acts of negligence that result in a slip and fall can be punished by the judge through ‘punitive damages’. Punitive damages are designed to deter people from engaging in risky behaviour. For example, a drunk driver who caused serious injuries would likely be forced to pay punitive damages to the victim. In the case of slip and falls, punitive damages might be awarded if a person or company refused to rectify a slip hazard despite being warned about the danger.
You’re the Biggest Factor
Your age, occupation, and overall health can all influence how much or little compensation you receive. The more money you earn the more compensation you are likely to receive. Your actions in the courtroom can also make a big difference. If you lie then you could seriously hurt your case. Similarly, if you are suing for loss of enjoyment of life but post a video of yourself having fun on social media then you might hurt your case.
Slip and Fall Lawyers
If you have been the victim of a slip and fall accident then you are entitled to compensation. Do your best to track and record all of your expenses relating to the slip and fall, and contact Zayouna Law Firm. We are experienced slip and fall lawyers serving the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario regions.
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