Can I Get Compensation for Lost Wages After a Slip and Fall Injury?

Can I Get Compensation for Lost Wages After a Slip and Fall Injury?

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Can I Get Compensation for Lost Wages After a Slip and Fall Injury?

Slip and fall accidents can lead to severe injuries that prevent you from making a living. Being out of work and without an income can be frustrating and worrying. After all, you still have to pay your bills, keep a roof over your head, and take care of your family. The good news is that you can generally pursue damages for lost income when injured in a slip and fall. However, getting what you truly deserve can be a challenge.

Morgan & Morgan understands that losing your income while dealing with injuries can derail your entire life. However, you are not alone. Our dedicated slip and fall lawyers want to help you get maximum compensation in the fastest possible time. Get started today and contact us for a free, no-obligation case review.

Understanding Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents occur when individuals slip or trip and fall on someone else’s property. They can happen in various settings, such as grocery stores, restaurants, workplaces, and even public sidewalks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 18 percent of work-related injuries causing employees to miss work occurred due to slips, trips, and falls in 2020. Falls can result in a wide range of injuries, including broken bones, sprains, and head injuries.

Common Hazards Causing Slips and Falls

Common dangers responsible for slip and fall accidents include:

  • Wet and slippery floors
  • Icy sidewalks
  • Cluttered or obstructed walkways
  • Poor lighting
  • Broken or uneven flooring
  • Loose mats

If you or a loved one got hurt in a slip and fall, you could be entitled to lost wages and other damages and should get legal advice from a slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible.

Factors Determining Whether You Qualify for Lost Wages

Slip and fall accidents can be costly, both in terms of physical injuries and financial losses. Whether you can receive damages for lost wages depends on several factors, including:

Extent of Injuries

The severity of your fall injuries will play a significant role in determining whether you qualify for lost income. If your injuries are minor and you can return to work quickly, you may not be able to recover much in lost earnings. However, if your injuries are severe or life-changing and require extensive medical treatment, you could recover significant compensation for lost wages.

Proving Liability

Liability refers to who is responsible for your slip and fall accident damages. If the property or business owner failed to remove or warn of the hazardous condition leading to your fall, they might be liable. For example, if you slipped and fell on a wet floor in a grocery store, you may be able to establish liability if you prove that store employees failed to clean up the spill in a reasonable amount of time or failed to warn of the hazard.

Employment Status

Your employment status may also affect whether you can receive damages for lost wages in a slip and fall claim. If you are an hourly or salaried employee, you could recover the wages you lost during your recovery period. However, proving lost income can be challenging if you are self-employed or an independent contractor. Working with a dedicated slip and fall lawyer can be beneficial whether you are employed or self-employed.

Documentation

Meticulously documenting your lost earnings can be critical for recovering what you deserve. Keep detailed records of the hours you missed, your hourly or daily rate of pay, and any other work-related financial losses you suffered due to your injuries.

Damage Mitigation

Victims generally must mitigate their damages, which means taking reasonable steps to minimize the income they lose. For example, if your doctor clears you to return to work with certain restrictions, you must follow your doctor’s orders. Failing to do so could make recovering damages for lost earnings challenging or impossible.

If you recently suffered a fall injury and cannot work, consult a slip and fall lawyer at Morgan & Morgan, who can help you navigate these complex issues.

How to Calculate Lost Wages in Slip and Fall Cases

Calculating lost wages in slip and fall claims can be complex. First, you must determine the amount of time you could not work and multiply it by your pre-fall hourly rate or salary. If you are self-employed, you must provide relevant documentation showing your pre-accident earnings, such as invoices or receipts.

In addition to lost wages, you may be entitled to future lost wages if your injuries prevent you from returning to work or if you cannot earn the same amount of money as before the accident. Calculating future lost wages can be complex. For example, you may need to include potential future pay raises and promotions that may have occurred had you not suffered an injury preventing you from working.

Knowing the Full Value of Your Lost Wages Claim

If you slipped and fell at work or in a public space, you may be entitled to more than lost wages. Your recovery could also include other forms of compensation that you would have received, such as bonuses or commissions. Depending on your case and your employment situation, you could qualify for additional lost pay and benefits, such as:

  • Partial wages if you are unable to work at full capacity
  • Health insurance and dental coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Pension contributions
  • Disability insurance
  • Bonuses and incentive pay

Attempting to calculate lost wages on your own can be tricky, as most victims do not know the full extent of their losses. Consider hiring an experienced attorney to handle your case and calculate lost wages. Making a fair recovery can be tricky without a slip and fall lawyer who can determine all your losses.

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  • How Do I Prove Lost Wages in a Slip and Fall Claim?

    To have a case, you must prove that you have incurred damages due to the property or business owner’s negligence. Damages are the losses you experienced due to the fall, such as lost earnings, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and others.

    To prove lost wages, you must gather adequate documentation, such as pay stubs, tax returns, or a letter from your employer showing your pre-accident earnings. You must also submit medical proof of your injuries, such as a doctor’s note or medical records, demonstrating that you could not work during recovery.

    You should not carry the financial burden alone if someone else is responsible for your fall and injuries. Morgan & Morgan can help prove your case and damages. Our dedicated slip and fall lawyers are here to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.

  • Could I Receive Damages in Addition to Lost Earnings After a Slip and Fall?

    Depending on the circumstances of your fall and the scope of your injuries, you could be entitled to various compensation awards in addition to lost wages, such as:

    • Current and future medical costs
    • Property damage
    • Out-of-pocket expenses related to the fall
    • Pain and anguish
    • Permanent disability
    • Emotional suffering
    • Reduced life quality

    Consult with a slip and fall lawyer at Morgan & Morgan to determine the worth of your case.

  • What Is the Average Settlement Amount for Lost Wages?

    Settlement amounts for lost wages can vary widely. Many factors can affect the payout a victim could recover after a slip and fall, such as:

    • Severity of injuries
    • Length of time the victim was unable to work
    • Victim’s occupation and income level
    • Available evidence supporting the claim

    If you have a slip and fall claim and are hoping to recover lost wages, consulting with an experienced slip and fall lawyer can be crucial for recovering what you deserve. When Morgan & Morgan takes your case, you can count on our lawyers to leave no stone unturned in fighting for maximum compensation.

  • How Do I Make up for Lost Wages While Waiting for a Settlement?

    Being out of work and without an income can cause financial strain and difficulty paying for everyday expenses such as groceries, rent, and medical bills. However, there may be some options available to victims to help them cover costs while waiting for a settlement or verdict, such as:

    • Government assistance, such as temporary disability benefits
    • Savings or financial help from friends and family
    • Insurance policies with your employer, such as disability insurance
    • Pre-settlement loans

    At Morgan & Morgan, we understand that waiting for lost wages can be agonizing, especially when the bills pile up. We aim to get you the best results in the fastest possible time, so you can move forward and get your life back on track physically, emotionally, and financially.

  • Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Lost Wages?

    If you slip and fall at work, you could qualify for workers' compensation benefits for medical treatment and lost wages. However, worker’s comp typically provides you only with a portion of your average weekly wage, not your entire lost income. Unfortunately, this could result in a significant loss of income due to your injury.

    However, there can be some alternative ways to receive lost income. One option is to use your paid time off, such as sick or vacation days, if you have them. Another option is to apply for short-term disability benefits if you have purchased a policy or your employer offers it as part of a benefits package.

    Experiencing a slip and fall at work can be stressful, challenging, and costly, especially when it impacts your income. However, seeking support from a slip and fall lawyer could help you discover all potential avenues for compensation, such as filing a personal injury lawsuit.

  • Do I Need a Lawyer to Recover Lost Wages After a Slip and Fall?

    Feeling overwhelmed and confused about what to do next when injured in a slip and fall is natural. However, professional legal representation can be critical for your future financial stability if you have severe injuries and lost considerable wages. Your best next step is to contact a slip and fall lawyer to learn about your legal rights and discuss your options. Here’s how our attorneys can help:

    Legal Expertise

    Our slip and fall attorneys can navigate the complex legal process and help you understand your rights and options. They can determine the best course of action and help you receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

    Settlement Negotiations

    Morgan & Morgan’s tenacious slip and fall lawyers know how to negotiate effectively with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case. They can help you avoid accepting a settlement that is less than what you deserve.

    Court Representation

    If the responsible party refuses an adequate settlement and your case goes to court, our experienced trial attorneys can present your case powerfully. They can protect your rights throughout the process and fight tooth and nail for maximum potential compensation.

    Peace of Mind

    Working with our dedicated and compassionate lawyers can give you peace of mind and reassurance during a stressful time. You can focus on your recovery, knowing your case is in capable hands.

  • Get America’s Largest Injury Firm on Your Side Today

    Morgan & Morgan understands that the aftermath of a severe fall can be overwhelming and emotional, especially if you can’t make a living and provide for your family. However, you don’t have to go through this alone. We can support you every step of the way. As America’s largest injury firm, we have a reputation for being tenacious and relentless in fighting for our clients’ rights. 

    You pay nothing to hire us as our free until you win and receive compensation. Contact us now for a free case evaluation to discover your legal options and the next best steps.

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