Slip and Fall Settlement Calculator - Estimate Your Claim Value

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Use this slip and fall settlement calculator to estimate your claim value, and understand key variables that impact how much your case may be worth. This includes compensation for economic damages (such as medical bills, lost wages, and property damage) in addition to non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.

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Enter the estimated total of your past and any outstanding medical bills. Include the estimated future medical expenses.

Enter the estimated value of past and future lost wages due to hospital stays, physical therapy, doctor appointments, and vacation/sick days related to recovery.

Enter the expected value for any property that was damaged as a result of the accident.

This calculator uses the multiplier method, which uses a multiplier (between 1 and 5) to calculate total economic damages. You can use these guidelines for a rough estimate:

  • 1.5x multiplier: For minor injuries like lacerations and bruising.
  • 3x multiplier: For moderate injuries like broken or fractured bones.
  • 4.5x multiplier: For long-lasting severe injuries such as organ damages, permanent disfigurement, PTSD, and nerve damage.

Note: This is not a guaranteed settlement amount that you will receive. Rather, this calculator is intended to provide a general idea of how much your slip and fall claim may be worth.

Average Slip & Fall Settlement Amount

Average slip & fall settlement amount chart (2024)
Average slip & fall settlement amount chart (2024)

The average slip and fall settlement amount in the United States is $250,872, which is based on data from over 750 slip and fall cases recorded by Thomson Reuters in the last 5 years (between 2019 and 2024).

Settlement data is as follows:

  • Lowest settlement amount ($1,554): An individual, who was a minor at the time of the accident, was visiting a retail store when they slipped and fell on a liquid substance. The individual sustained a minor leg injury as a result of the fall. A premises liability action was initiated, claiming that the store failed to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn of the potential hazards present.
  • Highest settlement amount ($9,500,000): An individual was riding a bicycle on a designated route when they encountered an exposed rail and fell, resulting in injuries. The individual and their spouse initiated legal action against a city, claiming the city failed to maintain the roadway adequately, including covering a metal rail with asphalt which compromised the safety of the area. They further stated the city failed to inspect the property adequately before designating it as a bike route. The individual sought compensation for severe and permanent injuries, medical expenses exceeding $100K, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other damages. The spouse claimed loss of consortium. The city contended that the bicyclist was not an intended user of the roadway and that the hazardous condition was evident and known. A settlement was reached, totaling approximately $9.5 million.
  • Median settlement amount ($60,000): In statistical studies, the median is often more informative than the average because it is less affected by extreme values, such as unusually high or low settlement value. This makes the median a more representative measure of the typical slip and fall settlement because it provides a less skewed value.

Note: Like all personal injury settlement amount data is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as a guaranteed settlement value for your slip and fall claim. If you are eligible to recover compensation, your settlement may be higher or lower than the amounts provided above depending on the unique circumstances of your case.

Slip and Fall Settlement Examples 

Settlement examples under $100K

  • $35K settlement: An individual slipped and fell on a wet floor at a coffee shop, sustaining injuries. The individual filed a lawsuit, claiming the coffee shop failed to properly manage the wet area, including not sectioning off the mopped area and not adequately warning of the risk. The coffee shop contended that the individual was partially responsible for the incident, citing failure to notice caution signs and a visible mop bucket. At trial, the individual was found to be 40 percent responsible for the incident.
  • $60K settlement: An individual sustained a spine injury and chronic pain syndrome requiring surgical intervention, following a slip and fall on ice at an apartment building. The individual asserted that there was a failure to inspect the premises, warn of the danger, remove the snow and ice, and exercise due care. The property owner disputed liability, arguing that the icy condition was clear and evident and that maintenance of the walkway was not required under the terms of the lease. The judgment reflected a division of fault, assigning the majority of responsibility to the property owner while acknowledging partial fault on the part of the individual. The compensation was adjusted based on these comparative fault.
  • $85K settlement: An individual was injured after tripping and falling on a public sidewalk in front of a residence due to a section of the sidewalk being raised by tree roots, which were obscured at the time of the incident. The company responsible for the residence’s upkeep was also tasked with the maintenance of the trees that contributed to the sidewalk’s condition. The individual initiated a negligence lawsuit, asserting that there were no warnings about the sidewalk’s condition, inadequate maintenance of the sidewalk, and poor management of tree growth that caused the elevation.

Settlement examples (between $100K and $500K)

  • $125K settlement: An individual sustained a leg injury requiring medical intervention after falling while navigating a ramp at a residence. It was noted that the ramp lacked guardrails. A settlement was reached for the incident, with a significant portion designated for the future benefit of the individual.
  • $225K settlement: An individual sustained a spine injury and chronic pain syndrome requiring surgical intervention, following a slip and fall on ice at an apartment building. The individual asserted that there was a failure to inspect the premises, warn of the danger, remove the snow and ice, and exercise due care. The property owner disputed liability, arguing that the icy condition was clear and evident and that maintenance of the walkway was not required under the terms of the lease. The judgment reflected a division of fault, assigning the majority of responsibility to the property owner while acknowledging partial fault on the part of the individual. The compensation was adjusted based on these comparative fault.
  • $550K settlement: An individual sustained serious and lasting injuries, including a shoulder injury requiring multiple surgeries, after tripping and falling off a paved road onto its shoulder while walking a dog. The incident involved a steep and sudden drop off at the edge of the roadway, which was deemed a hazardous condition. The individual claimed that the company responsible for repaving the road and the local public works official failed to adequately inspect the roadway post-project or to provide warnings about the potential hazard. The company argued that their contract did not encompass work on the roadside areas, which was cited as the responsibility of the local government. Legal actions were initiated against the parties involved, focusing on negligence. The public works official was cleared of charges in a pre-trial decision, and the case proceeded to trial to address the remaining claims against the repaving company and the local government.

Settlement examples (between $500K and $1M)

  • $550K settlement: An individual sustained serious and lasting injuries, including a shoulder injury requiring multiple surgeries, after tripping and falling off a paved road onto its shoulder while walking a dog. The incident involved a steep and sudden drop off at the edge of the roadway, which was deemed a hazardous condition. The individual claimed that the company responsible for repaving the road and the local public works official failed to adequately inspect the roadway post-project or to provide warnings about the potential hazard. The company argued that their contract did not encompass work on the roadside areas, which was cited as the responsibility of the local government. Legal actions were initiated against the parties involved, focusing on negligence. The public works official was cleared of charges in a pre-trial decision, and the case proceeded to trial to address the remaining claims against the repaving company and the local government.
  • $750K settlement: An individual sustained a shoulder injury requiring surgery, which involved bone grafting and the placement of various screws, after tripping over damaged fencing at an apartment complex. Following surgery, the individual developed a chronic pain condition. It was claimed that the property was not adequately inspected or maintained, and that the damaged fencing created hazardous conditions for pedestrians. The property owner countered that they did not own the location where the incident occurred, arguing that control of the property rested with the local town. However, a jury determined that there was negligence involved, though they also found the individual partially responsible for their own injuries. As a result, the initial compensation was adjusted, with the final amount including additional legal costs, totaling approximately $539K.
  • $950K settlement: An individual slipped and fell on ice in the parking lot of a public school, resulting in injuries that included a foot injury requiring surgery and leading to permanent impairment. The individual claimed that while efforts were made to clear the snow and ice, they were inadequately executed and there was a failure to properly inspect and address re-accumulation or to warn the public of the ongoing hazard. The property owner refuted these claims, arguing that there was no knowledge of the specific icy area left unaddressed by the snow removal team and that legal protections typically shielding government entities should apply, negating liability. Despite this, the jury found predominantly in favor of the individual, assigning the majority of responsibility to the property owner. The final award was adjusted due to the individual’s partial responsibility and legal limitations on claims against government entities.

Settlement examples over $1M

  • $1.65M settlement: An individual tripped and fell while exiting through the main entrance of a property. The individual’s foot became entrapped in a gap at the entrance, causing a fall onto the external area. The individual sustained multiple injuries including fractures in the lower leg and ankle, requiring surgeries and medical intervention that exceeded $100K, along with chronic physical conditions affecting mobility and balance. There were claims of lost companionship experienced by a family member. The property conditions and maintenance were under scrutiny for violating safety standards.
  • $2.15M settlement: An individual suffered permanent visual impairment and a shoulder injury after slipping on ice while retrieving items from a storage unit at a business park. The ice had formed from an improperly managed gutter system, leading to hazardous conditions. The individual had previously communicated with the property management about the drainage issue, which was not addressed by the time of the incident. The individual initiated legal actions based on premises liability and negligence, claiming that the failure to install adequate drainage and the lack of timely response to known hazards directly contributed to the injuries. Despite arguments from the property owner about the individual’s delay in seeking medical treatment, which allegedly worsened the condition, a jury found in favor of the individual, awarding damages for the injuries and permanent loss of vision.
  • $5.2M settlement: An individual sustained a foot injury resulting in permanent physical impairment after tripping over a cable on the floor of a conference room at a hotel/convention center. The individual asserted that the premises were not maintained in a safe condition and that there was a failure to communicate the hazard present. The property owner disputed the claims regarding negligence and the extent of the injuries. A decision was made in favor of the individual, with damages awarded for medical expenses and other related costs that exceeded $3.3 million.

How Slip & Fall Settlements Are Calculated (with Examples)

When calculating a slip and fall settlement, several factors are considered to determine the compensation amount. These factors typically include:

Medical Expenses: The cost of medical treatment, including hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and any future medical care related to the injury.

Example: The victim incurred $50,000 in medical bills for surgery and hospitalization due to a surgical error. This amount is typically reimbursed in full as part of the settlement, as it is a direct cost resulting from the malpractice.

Lost Wages: Compensation for any time the victim was unable to work due to the injury, including potential future lost earnings if the injury affects their ability to work long-term.

Example: The victim, who earns $60,000 annually, was unable to work for 6 months due to the malpractice, resulting in a loss of $30,000 in wages. As a result of the victim losing $30,000 in wages due to being unable to work for 6 months. This amount is also generally compensated in full, as it represents a tangible loss directly attributable to the injury caused by the malpractice.

Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress caused by the injury. This can be subjective and varies depending on the severity of the injury and its impact on the victim’s life. Pain and suffering may also be awarded as a result of a wrongful death claim.

Example: The victim is awarded $100,000 for pain and suffering, which is a subjective amount determined by the severity of the pain, the duration of suffering, and the impact on the victim’s quality of life. This figure can vary widely and is often negotiated between the parties.

Liability: The degree of fault of the property owner or responsible party. If the victim is found to be partly at fault, it may reduce the settlement amount.

Example: If a person slips on a wet floor in a store and is awarded $100,000, but is found 20% at fault for not noticing the warning signs, the final settlement could be reduced to $80,000.

Property Damage: If any personal property was damaged in the fall, the cost of repair or replacement may be included in the settlement.

Example: If the victim is left with permanent paralysis, they may be awarded $200,000 for the loss of quality of life and future earning capacity. This amount is determined based on the severity of the disability, its impact on the victim’s life, and their expected future earnings.

Permanent Disability or Disfigurement: Compensation for any long-term or permanent effects of the injury, such as scarring or loss of mobility.

Example: If the victim is left with permanent paralysis, they may be awarded $200,000 for the loss of quality of life and future earning capacity. This amount is determined based on the severity of the disability, its impact on the victim’s life, and their expected future earnings.

Rehabilitation Costs: Expenses for physical therapy, counseling, or other rehabilitation services needed to recover from the injury.

Example: The victim requires $30,000 in physical therapy and rehabilitation services to recover from the injury. This cost is usually compensated in full as it is a necessary expense for the victim’s recovery.

Legal Costs: Attorney fees and other legal expenses incurred during the process of seeking compensation.

Example: If the victim’s attorney charges a contingency fee of 30%, and the total settlement is $400,000, the legal fees would be $120,000 ($400,000 x 30%). This reduces the amount the victim takes home but is a necessary expense to pursue the claim.

Impact on Quality of Life: Compensation for any changes to the victim’s lifestyle or ability to enjoy activities they previously engaged in.

Example: If the victim can no longer participate in activities they enjoyed, such as running marathons, they may be awarded $20,000 for the loss of enjoyment of life. This amount is subjective and depends on the extent of the impact on the victim’s life.

Insurance Policy Limits: The maximum amount that the responsible party’s insurance policy will cover can also influence the settlement amount.

Example: If the healthcare provider’s malpractice insurance has a policy limit of $1 million, the maximum settlement amount that can be awarded is capped at this limit. This means that even if the total damages exceed $1 million, the victim cannot receive more than the policy limit.

All of the examples combined above would result in a medical malpractice settlement totaling approximately $780,000, which can be broken down into the following variables:

  • Medical Expenses: $50,000
  • Lost Wages: $30,000
  • Pain and Suffering: $100,000
  • Property Damage: $5,000
  • Permanent Disability or Disfigurement: $200,000
  • Rehabilitation Costs: $30,000
  • Impact on Quality of Life: $20,000
  • Total Damages Before Liability and Legal Costs: $435,000
  • Liability Adjustment:
    • Provider’s Fault: 80%
    • Victim’s Compensation After Liability Adjustment: $348,000 ($435,000 x 80%)
  • Legal Costs (30% of Final Settlement):
    • Final Settlement Before Legal Costs: $348,000
    • Legal Costs: $104,400 ($348,000 x 30%)
  • Final Settlement After Legal Costs: $243,600 ($348,000 – $104,400)

It’s important to note that this is just a hypothetical slip and fall settlement. The actual settlement amount of your case will vary depending on the unique circumstances of your case. For an accurate settlement calculation, consult a slip and fall attorney to determine if you have a strong claim and what compensation you may be eligible to recover.

Each slip and fall claim is unique, and the method and variables used to calculate the settlement will depend on the unique circumstances of your case. Consulting with a slip and fall attorney can help ensure that you receive a fair settlement.

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