It isn’t just the emergency room and initial cast that is going to cost you money after a slip and fall accident. Your broken leg, ankle, or knee may cost you significantly more than that. Learn what the real cost might be and how you can protect your assets so that you don’t suffer a financial loss for a slip and fall injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence.
Calculating the True Cost of a Broken Leg, Ankle or Knee
As you consider the true cost of your injury, it is important to think about all of the damages that you have already incurred and that you are likely to incur in the future. Those damages might include:
- Doctors’ visits or hospital stays.
- Medical equipment such as crutches or a wheelchair.
- Lost income if you are unable to work, or unable to work the same job for the same hours as you did prior to your accident.
- Out-of-pocket costs, such as transportation and help at home.
- Physical pain.
- Emotional suffering.
How a broken leg, ankle, or knee will impact your day-to-day life depends on a variety of factors, including…
- The severity of the break. A simple fracture may heal faster and not place as many limitations on you as a complex break.
- The treatment that you need. Surgery may be required in some cases. Medications that impact your ability to function, such as muscle relaxers and pain medications, may also be necessary.
- Whether you suffer any complications. Broken ankle complications can include infection, neuromuscular problems, nerve problems, blood vessel damage, and other problems.
- Your job. If you are on your feet most of the day, then you may have a longer time out of work then if you had a desk job.
- Your day-to-day responsibilities. If, for example, you care for young children, then you may see your typical routine disrupted to a greater degree.
Before you can recover damages for your broken leg, ankle, or knee, you are going to have to prove that the property owner or manager was responsible for your fall.
Proving Liability for the Slip and Fall Accident
You may recover damages from a property owner or manager if you can prove that your fall accident was caused by a dangerous condition that the owner or manager knew or should have known about. Additionally, you will need to prove that the property owner or manager failed to fix the dangerous condition or warn you about it before you fell, and that your broken bone was caused by your fall.
Evidence including photographs, surveillance video, witness statements, maintenance records, property design plans, and other things may be relevant to your case.
Protecting Your Rights
You can protect your potential recovery by:
- Following your doctors’ orders. You don’t want to risk making your injury worse or making your recovery more painful.
- Keeping any evidence you have from the time of your fall. This may include the names of witnesses, pictures that were taken at the time that you fell, or other evidence that you have from the scene of your accident.
- Not talking to the insurance company. If the property owner’s insurance company contacts you, then you need to be careful. The insurance adjuster may appear sympathetic, but it is the adjuster’s job to get you to settle your case for as little money as possible. It is not the adjuster’s job to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injury.
- Contacting a slip and fall lawyer. An attorney can make sure that you meet all applicable deadlines, that you protect your rights, and that you make a fair recovery for your injury.
It is important to take steps now to protect your recovery. You have nothing to lose by calling a lawyer to find out more about your rights. However, if you fail to contact a slip and fall lawyer or take the appropriate actions to safeguard your rights, then your recovery could be jeopardized. We invite you to contact us today at 800-800-5678 to schedule an initial consultation about your legal rights and possible recovery.