How do I determine how much a slip an fall case is worth?

Asked on July 12, 2015 under Personal Injury, South Dakota


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Every case is different and depends on its own unique facts, but for a very rough rule of thumb, total the following:

1) Your out-of-pocket (not paid by insurance) medical bills--current and projected future ones.

2) Your lost wages, if any, for missing work.

3) Any future reduction in what you can earn due to the injury, if any.

4) Of out-of-pocket costs (e.g. if you had to hire a housekeeper or aide).

5) IF you suffered significant disability and impairment of life enjoyment and functions for at least many weeks, some amount for "pain and suffering." This is the most variable and subjective component, but again, for a very rough approximation, for many weeks or a few months, might an amount equal to 50% to 100% of medical bills; for pain and suffering lasting a lifetime, maybe 2.5 to 3 times medical bills.

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