Personal injury lawyers can help with more than just car accident cases. You have the right to seek compensation for your injuries stemming from any kind of accident that could have been prevented if the person who caused the accident had been more careful or the entity in charge of the place where the accident happened had been following the rules. Premises liability laws in North Carolina and other states indicate that the owner of a business has a legal responsibility to protect business invitees such as customers, clients, and hotel guests, from accidental injuries. One of the most common causes of premises liability lawsuits is when a customer at a store or restaurant gets injured in an accidental fall on a slippery floor or uneven walkway. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at a place of business, contact a Charlotte personal injury lawyer.
What to Prove in a Slip and Fall Accident Case
In a premises liability case, as in any other kind of personal injury lawsuit, you must prove that the defendant’s negligence caused you to suffer injuries which caused you to incur financial losses. In a premises liability case, your chances of recovering compensation depend on how well you can prove that the conditions at the place of business were unsafe and that employees knew or reasonably should have known about the safety hazard. For example, if you slipped and fell on the floor of a supermarket aisle after someone spilled water there, you can strengthen your case by proving that you saw one or more employees walk down that aisle shortly before your accident. If you did not see employees in that area, find out the supermarket’s policies about checking for spills and cleaning them; you might be able to argue that the company’s safety policies were insufficient or that the store did not comply with the company’s policies.
How Much Money Can You Get in a Slip and Fall Accident Lawsuit?
If you file a premises liability lawsuit after a slip and fall accident, you can request damages in the amount of your medical bills. Whether or not you have health insurance does not affect your right to sue or your ability to win your case. If you had to miss work for an extended period of time because of your injuries, whether or not you have since been able to return to work, you can also request damages in the amount of your lost income. Medical expenses and lost income both count as economic damages.
You might also be able to recover noneconomic damages, also known as pain and suffering, for ways that the injuries resulting from the accident have made your quality of life worse. There is no cap on noneconomic damages for personal injury lawsuits in North Carolina. The more severe your injuries, the greater the amount of noneconomic damages the court will order, if you request noneconomic damages.