How Does a Jury Place Monetary Value on Your Slip & Fall Case?
If you slip and fall and decide to file a premises liability case, it’s more than likely that an experienced personal injury lawyer can skillfully negotiate a generous settlement on your behalf – without you ever having to step foot in a courtroom. However, when negotiations fail, you will have to take your case to court and present evidence to a jury.
After the members of the jury hear both sides of the case, listen to witness testimony and view all evidence including photographs of the accident scene, they are the ones who will ultimately decide how much money you will get to compensate you for your injuries.
Your attorney can estimate the potential value of items that do have a dollar value attached. Once medical bills and lost wages are calculated, an experienced lawyer can make a prediction about the damages you can expect to receive at trial. The precise amount of money the jury may determine as payment for your pain and suffering is completely unknown until it returns a verdict in the case.
Of course, cases that involve significant injuries – especially those that may be life-altering, such as amputation or permanent disfigurement, are more valuable. Again, an experienced attorney can offer predictions about what the case is worth.
Remember that, at trial, a judge will instruct the jury to determine if the premises owner was negligent. If the front stoop of a store should have been shoveled after a snowstorm and wasn’t, for example, the property owner may have breached its “duty of care” to patrons. If a jury determines that the owner of the premises acted in a negligent manner, the plaintiff will likely win the case. The bottom line is this: a winnable slip and fall case includes significant evidence of wrongdoing and the severity of injuries.
Contact the slip & fall attorneys at the Craig Altman Law Firm today to discuss your case. We will fight for maximum compensation on your behalf. We are skilled negotiators and battle-tested litigators. We will protect your rights every step of the way.