In a successful slip and fall case, you can recover compensation for the costs of your accident. The damages you can receive for your slip and fall accident in Georgia depend on the details of your case and what losses you are facing.
To make sure you are able to recover for the full value of your case, it’s best to hire a Georgia slip and fall accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident happens. They can help you calculate all of your damages and build a strong insurance claim to seek them. To get a FREE consultation and talk about your case with an experienced slip and fall accident lawyer, call John Foy & Associates today at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
What Damages Am I Entitled to After a Slip and Fall Accident in Georgia?
If you were not at fault for your accident, you should not have to pay for any of the resulting costs. When one party is negligent in an injury accident in Georgia, the injured party may recover for the damages they face because of the accident, according to Georgia Code §51-1-6.
If a property owner’s or business’s actions (or lack of actions) directly caused your slip and fall accident, you are entitled to receive compensation for damages like:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity and
- Pain and suffering
Let’s look at each of these damages further.
Medical Costs from Your Slip and Fall Accident in Georgia
Damages like medical costs and lost wages fall under the category of “special damages.” These damages must be proved in order to be recovered. They also typically have a set dollar amount and can be represented through bills, receipts, or pay stubs.
Medical costs usually make up the largest part of a slip and fall claim in Georgia. You may face medical costs like:
- Doctor visits
- Hospital stays
- Prescription medications
- Diagnostic tests
- Physical therapy
- The costs of traveling to and from doctor appointments
If these costs are directly resulting from your slip and fall accident injuries, you are entitled to receive them and can include them in your claim. You will also need to consider both current and future medical expenses from your accident.
Most Georgia slip and fall accident lawyers will advise waiting until you have completed treatment (or have a good idea of how much your future treatment will cost) before filing your insurance claim. That way, you can accurately estimate your total losses in your claim.
Lost Wages from Missed Work Time
Most slip and fall accident victims have to miss work time because of the accident and their injuries. If that describes you, lost wages are included in the damages you can receive for your accident.
You will need to show in your claim the amount of money you would have earned if you hadn’t been injured. This typically includes including recent pay stubs or your last tax return. Your employer might also have to provide written verification of your average salary or hourly wages and the missed work time.
Loss of Earning Capacity
Sometimes, slip and fall accident injuries can be so serious that they prevent you from performing the same type of work you could do before the accident. If that happens, you may be able to receive “loss of earning capacity” damages. This may include compensation to account for your reduced wages and/or compensation for training to work in another field.
Pain and Suffering Damages
According to Georgia Code § 51-12-2, unlike the special damages mentioned above, general damages do not require a specific dollar amount to be proved for recovery. Pain and suffering damages (and other general damages) refer mostly to how the accident has impacted your quality of life.
You might face pain and suffering damages like:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Fear, embarrassment, or humiliation
- Anxiety or depression
Pain and suffering damages are harder to prove, but they can be worth a lot, so it’s best to hire a Georgia slip and fall accident lawyer who can help you include them in your claim.
Sometimes, Punitive Damages Are Available
In rare cases, punitive damages are available when the property owner or business has expressed malicious, wanton, or reckless behavior in the accident. Punitive damages are meant to punish and discourage future misbehavior more than anything else.
To make sure you receive all of the damages you’re entitled to after a slip and fall accident in Georgia, contact an experienced slip and fall lawyer right away. They can begin building gathering evidence for your case to seek the fullest compensation possible.
Talk to a Georgia Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer for Free Today
John Foy & Associates has been helping slip and fall accident victims win the full damages they deserve for over 20 years. To schedule a FREE consultation with one of our experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate attorneys today, call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.