Most slip and fall cases, especially ones with minor injuries and other expenses, get resolved in Small Claims Court. In this kind of scenario, a lawyer is no longer necessary. Although you can still seek legal help if you wish to do so. The maximum amount varies from state to state and can be anywhere between $2,500 to $15,000. As far as filing fees, it would cost you $20-$320 but can easily be repaid if your case is won.
Cases that involve severe injuries requires you to enlist the help of a lawyer. Most lawyers charge on contingency so you won’t have to worry about upfront costs. The lawyer collects his fees once you’ve won. Contingency fees are usually 25-40% of the amount you receive.
Once you take your slip and fall case to court, you’ll have to pay for investigation charges, court costs, and other expenses. Your lawyer might ask you to pay for these as need but are more commonly charged once your case receives a settlement. Do note that this is not included in the legals fees charged on contingency. For simple cases, that cost would be anywhere between $900-$4,500 but could always increase based on the amount of work needed.
Establishing the property owner’s negligence in ensuring that the property is free from unsafe conditions comes before knowing how much your case is worth.
A strict statute of limitations also requires the injured party to file a claim within two years from when the incident took place. Having said this, it’s important to consult with an attorney to know more about your rights.
Defendants expect to shed around $50,000. This is usually covered by the defendant’s insurance (homeowners or business). This means that the insurance provider will provide you with an attorney to aid in the negotiations. They will also pay any settlement or court decision that’s within your insurance terms.