For most people, slip and fall accidents are less serious mishaps that have minimal effect on a person’s life. However, that may not be true. There have been various severe cases of slip and fall in the US where victims have acquired millions of dollars worth of injuries and other losses. While not all, some slip and fall accidents can have a devastating and long-lasting impact.
You may be entitled to compensation if you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident due to someone else’s negligence. No two accidents are the same, so it is impossible to tell the exact amount you may receive. You can find out more here by hiring an attorney. Meanwhile, here are some big slip-and-fall settlements to give you an idea.
Top five slip and fall accident settlements in recent years
$7.5 Million was awarded to a male victim in Alabama.
A man named Henry Walker from Alabama was trying to get a watermelon from a shelf in Walmart when his foot got stuck in a pallet and fell on the floor. He badly injured his hip, and the fracture temporarily affected his ability to walk and function. When surveillance footage was examined, it showed that the hazard had endangered several customers. Henry was awarded $2.5 million as compensation and $5 million for punitive damages.
$18 million for falling into a manhole.
A Brooklyn man was awarded $18 million as compensation for his medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. He was walking in an alley when he fell into a manhole. There were no barricades or warning signs saying that the manhole was open. He sustained severe injuries that impacted his life permanently.
$15 million for a fall from an exam table.
A truck driver in Georgia went to a medical clinic for examinations. He was seated on the exam table while the clinic employee drew some blood. When the employee turned their back to do something, the truck driver passed out and fell on the floor, breaking his neck in the process. He was given $12 million for his injuries and $3 million for the impact on his wife’s life.
$13 million to a woman shopping for plants.
In Las Vegas, a woman slipped and fell while shopping for plants in Lowes Home Centre. The victim slipped on a slippery surface outside the store. Her lawyers helped her gather evidence regarding the same and were also able to prove that Lowes knew about the danger as 33 other accidents had previously already occurred there.