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Settled slip-and-fall lawsuit helps victim move on

The following story didn't happen here in New York, but it does raise an important matter in regards to premises liability lawsuits. In 2013, a man fell on the sidewalk and suffered "severe, painful and permanent" injuries, according to a lawsuit he would later file. He fell on the sidewalk in front of a business, and the man sued the city and the business. He won $147,000 from the management company of the business and another $10,000 in a settlement with the city, with the city council recently approving the payment.

Slip and fall incidents can cause serious injuries to people, and they may suffer for the rest of their life as a result. If the incident in question occurred due to negligence on the part of any party, then the victim needs to consider their legal options. The compensation from a slip and fall lawsuit can help cover many of the medical and life costs associated with your fall.

However, this gets to the important lesson of this story: damages in these cases are often capped when they involve cities, states and municipalities. Even if you win a significant amount of money in a lawsuit, there is no guarantee that the reward will equal what was read aloud in the court room.

This is another reason why you will see many of these cases get settled out of court. It limits potential issues for both sides. If you are involved in such a case, you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

Source: Paterson Times, "Paterson settles slip-and-fall lawsuit for $10,000," Jayed Rahman, March 28, 2017

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