How Much is a Slip and Fall Claim Worth in Utah?
Legal Disclaimer: The following values are based on prior cases and should not be interpreted to imply or guarantee that your personal injury claim or lawsuit will have a similar resolution. The circumstances of every accident and the resulting injuries are very different, and only after reviewing your matter in a detailed legal consultation can an attorney give legal guidance. Moreover, a jury will determine the final value of your case.
Slip and fall accidents are a common cause of injury in Utah, particularly among seniors, who are at greater risk of fracturing a hip or suffering other bone fractures. Accidental falls can happen in any location, but often occur because of a property owner’s failure to maintain safe, clean conditions on the premises.
If you or one of your family members was injured in a slip and fall accident in a store, restaurant, parking lot, or other location, you could have a personal injury claim. This guide will help you understand some key points about getting compensated for a slip and fall injury, but it’s important to consult with an experienced Utah personal injury lawyer if you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident. Call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 to set up a free legal consultation regarding your accident claim.
Who is Liable for Injuries and Wrongful Death Caused by Accidental Falls?
Slip and fall accidents are often caused by substandard, negligent maintenance of commercial properties, such as grocery stores, shopping malls, bars, restaurants, gyms, and parking garages. When an accidental fall is caused by another party’s negligence – the failure to exercise due care against foreseeable accidents – the negligent party may be liable for compensating the victim. This is known as “premises liability.”
The negligent party might be a maintenance worker, a store manager, a supervisor, a landlord, a cleaning company, a product manufacturer, or other parties who played a role in creating or failing to repair the property hazard in a timely manner. In some cases, multiple parties share liability for causing or contributing to a preventable accident. Your attorney will carefully analyze every detail of the circumstances leading to your accident to determine liability for your injuries.
How Much Compensation Can the Victim of a Slip and Fall Accident in Utah Recover?
The victim of a slip and fall injury in Utah may be able to recover compensation or “damages” for a variety of losses and expenses, including losses and expenses the victim is expected to incur in the future. “Economic damages” refer to compensation for financial losses, such as income losses, while “non-economic damages” describe compensation for non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering.
Utah formerly limited non-economic damages in certain wrongful death cases to $450,000, but no longer enforces these caps. There are no caps on economic damages in Utah. The value of your claim or lawsuit will ultimately be decided by factors like the severity and permanence of your injuries, the size of your medical bills, how much your earning capacity has been impacted, and the extent to which you were responsible for financially supporting children or other dependents prior to being injured.
Some examples of damages recoverable in a Utah slip and fall case may include:
- Lost earnings and diminished earning capacity.
- Medical bills, such as surgery, physical therapy, and hospitalization.
- Mental anguish and emotional distress.
- Physical pain and suffering.
Trip and Fall Accident Verdicts and Settlements
Below are some real examples of jury-awarded verdicts and out-of-court settlements resulting from slip and fall accidents. However, your case or claim may have a different outcome depending on the circumstances unique to your accident. For detailed, personalized legal guidance, you should talk to an experienced slip and fall lawyer in Utah as soon as possible.
- $100,000 for an accidental fall at a gas station.
- $170,000 for a victim who slipped on a puddle at a grocery store.
- $250,000 for an elderly woman who suffered a pelvic fracture (broken hip) after slipping on a wet floor at a restaurant.
- $290,000 for a victim who required multiple surgeries to repair back injuries from an accidental fall.
- $450,000 for a fall victim who needed to undergo cervical fusion surgery for a neck injury (injury to the cervical spine).
- $500,000 for the victim of a slip and fall accident at a large home improvement retailer.
Contact Our Injury Lawyers in Utah for Help With Your Case
If you were injured from falling in a store, restaurant, hotel, bar, gym, restaurant, subway station, or other location, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 to talk about your claim in a free and confidential legal consultation. Supported by more than 33 years of experience representing injury victims, trip and fall attorney Darwin Overson handles personal injury claims and lawsuits throughout Utah, including Salt Lake County, Box Elder County, Summit County, Davis County, Morgan County, Tooele County, Weber County, Wasatch County, and more.