Average Slip and Fall Settlement Amount

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The average slip and fall settlement amount in the United States is $250,872 and the median settlement is $60,000, which better represents the typical settlement amount. Settlement data is based on over 750 slip and fall cases recorded by Thomson Reuters in the last 5 years (between 2019 and 2024).

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

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Note: Settlement data should not be interpreted as a guaranteed settlement amount for your slip and fall claim. Data and settlement examples provided are intended to be used for informational purposes.

  • 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 amounts. This makes the median a more representative measure of the typical slip and fall settlement value because it is less skewed.

Note: Like all personal injury settlement amounts, 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.

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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.

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Factors That Affect the Value of a Slip and Fall Claim

1. Severity of injuries: The extent and seriousness of injuries sustained in the slip and fall accident significantly impact the settlement value. For instance, a broken bone requiring surgery will likely result in a higher settlement compared to minor bruises.

2. Medical Expenses: The total medical costs incurred due to the slip and fall, including hospital bills, doctor’s fees, medication costs, and rehabilitation expenses, can directly influence the settlement amount.

3. Lost wages: If the slip and fall injury causes the victim to miss work or results in reduced earning capacity, compensation for lost wages or future earnings may be included in the settlement.

4. Pain and suffering: This refers to the physical pain and emotional distress experienced as a result of the injury. Calculating pain and suffering involves considering the severity of the injury and its impact on the victim’s daily life.

5. Negligence and liability: Establishing who was at fault for the slip and fall is crucial. If the property owner or occupier was negligent in maintaining safe conditions, they may be held liable for the accident, which can affect the settlement amount.

6. Evidence and documentation: Strong evidence such as photographs of the accident scene, witness statements, medical records detailing injuries, and documentation of financial losses can strengthen the case and potentially lead to a higher settlement.

7. Jurisdictional factors: The laws and legal precedents specific to the jurisdiction where the slip and fall occurred can also impact settlement amounts. Some jurisdictions may have caps on damages or different rules regarding liability.

8. Insurance coverage: The insurance policies of both the injured party and the property owner can play a role. Adequate insurance coverage may increase the likelihood of a higher settlement.

9. Pre-existing conditions: If the victim had pre-existing medical conditions that were aggravated by the slip and fall, it could affect how damages are calculated.

10. Attorney experience & negotiation skills: The quality of legal representation can influence the outcome of settlement negotiations. Experienced attorneys who specialize in personal injury law often secure higher settlements for their clients.

Each slip and fall claim is unique, and how much your case is worth will depend on the unique circumstances of your case. Consulting with a slip and fall attorney can help ensure that you receive a fair compensation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline to file a slip and fall claim?

The slip and fall statute of limitations (or deadline to file a claim) varies by state but typically ranges from 1 to 4 years, starting from the date of the accident. It’s recommended to consult with a slip and fall attorney regarding legal questions about your claim.

How long do slip and fall cases take to resolve?

Slip and fall cases often settle within 12 months if there is clear liability and moderate injuries. However, each claim is unique and how long your slip and fall case takes to settle will depend on a variety of case factors. This includes the severity of injuries, number of parties involved, and the amount of supporting evidence.

How much compensation can I receive from a slip and fall accident?

The average slip and fall settlement amount is approximately $250,000, while the median settlement amount is $60K. The median settlement is a more accurate representation of the typical settlement amount because it is less skewed outliers – settlements that may be very high or very low. It’s important to note that each case is unique, and the amount you receive from a slip and fall settlement may be higher or lower than the amounts provided above depending on the specific circumstances of your case.

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