Breaking an ankle in a slip and fall accident that is not your fault can be a painful and confusing experience.
You expect the places that you visit to be for visitors and free of hazardous conditions that lead to accidents involving broken ankles and other injuries.
When clients of Harris Law Firm come to us with claims for a broken ankle after a slip and fall accident, the most common questions we encounter are about ankle injury settlement amounts.
Our expert personal injury attorneys are here to explain what you can expect from this type of case.
Slip and Fall Accidents
The owners and occupiers of property, both public and private, have a duty to protect and warn visitors to their premises of any dangerous conditions that could lead to a slip and fall accident.
When they fail to warn others about these hazards and someone breaks an ankle or suffers another type of injury, the owner of the property can be liable for damages. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents in Mississippi include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Wet and slippery surfaces
- Cluttered floors
- Loose floorboards
- Potholes or uneven surfaces
- Torn or uneven carpeting
- Recently waxed floors
- Weather conditions
- Spilled liquids, greasy, or oily substances
- Trash or debris on floors or in aisles
- Loose or cracked stairs
- Poor lighting
- Exposed electrical cords
- Lack of handrails, and more.
Compensation for a Slip and Fall
The average compensation for a broken ankle in a slip and fall case is determined by a number of different economic and noneconomic factors in your claim. Economic damages refer to your out of pocket expenses for your ankle break, including current and future medical expenses, rehabilitation, property damage, lost wages, and the loss of future wages and benefits.
For particularly complex ankle breaks where multiple bones fracture, pins, bolts, or screws are necessary, or multiple surgeries are needed to heal the injuries, your economic damages for a broken ankle settlement amount could be substantial.
Noneconomic damages include payment for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and disability. In Mississippi, the law limits noneconomic damages in a personal injury case to $1,000,000 but places no limits on the amount of economic damages for recovery.
In the most egregious cases of slip and fall cases, the court may decide to award punitive damages to punish the owner or occupier of the property where the injury took place for particularly negligent or reckless behavior that led to the accident. Punitive damages for this type of case are rare, but when a client receives them, there is no limit to the amount of punitive damages the victim of a slip and fall case can receive.
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To learn more about what your claim in a slip and fall case might be worth or to discuss your legal options after an injury, call or contact Harris Law Firm in Greenville today to schedule a free and confidential consultation of your case.