If you were injured in a fall or other type of accident due to a hazardous condition in a 7-Eleven, or any convenience store, you may be wondering how much a personal injury claim would be worth if you have had to receive medical treatment and take time off work to recover.
Unfortunately there is no easy response to this but there is certainly a method you can use to arrive at a rough estimate of what a claim is worth.
Estimating the Value of Your Personal Injury Claim
There are three main contributors to a personal injury claim against 7-Eleven, or any kind of company and they are:
- the cost of medical treatment
- the value of pain and suffering
- loss of earnings.
The cost of your present and future medical treatment caused by your accident is used as the measuring stick for calculating your personal injury settlement.
Your health care provider will calculate the value of medical treatment required for the duration of your injury.
A slip and fall injury is usually worth at least the cost of medical bills. You may also claim for pain and suffering. This part of a PI claim is less easy to calculate but the bills you have built up for medical treatment provide the baseline for calculating the value of pain and suffering.
The severity and likely permanency of the injuries will affect the way the insurer and your attorney will arrive at an amount.
A multiplier is used based on the medical bills. For example, if you are a victim of serious bone damage to your leg and you will be walking with a limp for the remainder of your life your pain and suffering amount could be calculated at 5 times your medical bills.
However, if you slipped over on something slippery in a 7-Eleven, or any kind of store, and sprained a wrist which led to full recovery within 4 weeks, you may receive 50 percent of the cost of any medical bills.
So typically how a calculation is reached depends entirely on the the type(s) of injury that you sustained and how long the recovery time is likely to be.
How Loss of Earnings is Calculated
There are a number of aspects to this and if your injury is such that you will never be able to return to work in any capacity, a calculation will be done to cover this loss in earnings.
If you are still able to work but not in the same job you may be paid to train to work in a different field. With the help of an attorney a reasonable amount will be factored into the claim.
An Attorney is Key to a Successful Calculation of a Personal Injury Claim
If you hurt yourself after slipping and falling in a convenience store, you may want to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney. They will help you determine what steps to take if you choose to pursue a lawsuit.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against 7-Eleven, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.