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What Are Punitive Damages? How Much Can I Get After My Slip And Fall Injury?

Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Even the most minor slips and falls can result in serious physical injury and risk of incapacitation and death. Besides the physical trauma, these accidents can leave victims with tons of medical bills and incidental expenses that they might need to pay out of their pocket. In such cases, it is only natural to wonder if you can pursue legal action against the party responsible for your slip and fall injuries. If you or your loved one have been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, you can seek compensation for your damages in a slip and fall lawsuit. Depending on the specifics of your slip and fall accident, the total amount can and may vary.

Compensatory Damages
The total amount you can recover through a slip and fall lawsuit comes under the umbrella term ‘compensatory damages’. These recoverable damages include your medical bills, loss of income, property damage, pain, and suffering, etc.

Medical Bills
The cost of your medical or surgical treatment and the accompanying expenses of medications and physical therapy comprise a large part of your recoverable damages in a slip and fall lawsuit. It also includes the cost of all future treatments that might be required for your injuries for a complete recovery.

Lost Income
You might also be entitled to recovery of your lost wages, past, present, and future. If your slip and fall injuries cause you to lose the capacity to earn, you are entitled to receive compensation for your future loss of income as well.

Loss of Property
If your personal artifacts got damaged in the slip and fall accident, you might be entitled to receive complete compensation for them. It is covered under the loss of property and one of the most important aspects of a slip and fall lawsuit.

Pain & Suffering
Pain and suffering refer to the emotional damages incurred in a slip and fall accident. As a victim of the unfortunate accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your emotional trauma, including any mood disorders like anxiety and depression, sleep disorders, etc., arising from your slip and fall accident.

Punitive Damages
In some cases, the court may award the slip and fall accident victim additional compensation in the form of punitive damages. These damages are awarded in cases where there is outrageous misconduct on the part of the party liable for your slip and fall accident. While compensatory damages are meant to compensate you for your financial, emotional, and physical damages, punitive damages are aimed at punishing the responsible party for their egregious behavior.

Depending on the circumstances and specifics of your slip and fall accident, the total amount of punitive damages can vary. In most states in the United States, there is a fixed upper limit for awarding these damages to the victim of a slip and fall accident. How the party responsible for your slip and fall injuries behaves after the accident in trying to mitigate damages largely determines the award of punitive damages by the court.

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