Just like any other accident claims, slip and fall accidents differ. The kinds of damages, the severity of your injuries, and why the fall took place in the first place will all be considered. Of course, more serious injuries are going to lead to a higher settlement. Serious injuries result in more medical bills, more time off work, long-term disabilities, and longer lasting effects. It could cause permanent scarring and disfigurement.
As an example, traumatic brain injury claims are worth more than a broken arm because they lead to more significant losses and have a greater impact on your quality of life as well as your family’s long-term wellness.
Calculating A Personal Injury Claim
Personal injury claims are calculated using different approaches. First, all medical bills are calculated. Next, depending on the kind of injury, that total is multiplied anywhere times 1.5 to 5 times. Then, add in the total of all the lost wages. This figure should come up with a fair settlement. The multiplying number should always be set higher than the figure for which you would settle.
For example, if you were willing to settle for $8,000, you should start your claim by asking for $10,000 to $12,000, so there is room to negotiate with the insurance company.
A Letter of Demand
The first step in your claim will be sending a letter of demand. This letter will notify the burger restaurant that you wish to recover damages. This will give a brief history of the situation, detail the accident and your damages, then give a run down of your damages.
You will need to show that you suffered damages and why you deserve to be compensated. You will also need to explain why the restaurant is responsible for your losses. If you can show them that their negligence caused your accident, you can most likely get a settlement worked out with them before the claim has to advance to court.
Negotiating With the Insurance Company
If you cannot reach an agreement with the insurance company, then you won’t have a settlement before court. You will then file a lawsuit and challenge the restaurant chain in court in an effort to recover damages.
You will need a personal injury attorney to gather evidence and documentation to support your claim. Evidence that might help you include an accident report, medical bills, medical records, proof of lost wages and missed work, photos of injuries, photos of the accident scene, and eyewitness statements.
Consult With A Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall, you should consult with a personal injury attorney. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page to have your details shared with an accident injury lawyer.
Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, so they aren’t compensated until they get you a judgment or settlement. You have nothing to lose and time is of the essence, so schedule your free case review.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against McDonald's, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.