It is rare, but not impossible, for an injury to happen because someone else did not do their job. Untidy supermarkets and impeded stairways are prime territories for slip-and-fall accidents, which can cause more serious injury than originally appears.
North Carolina saw a big year for people claiming financial damages after they were injured on a property for which someone else was responsible. A legal trade publication reported that at least 38 civil actions in which a settlement or verdict resulted in payout above $1 million in value.
Several of these cases involved personal injury claims. A $6 million verdict was rendered to a woman injured by a brick that flew off a trailer bed and through her windshield. An employee at an Asheville conference center received $1.75 million in a negotiated settlement after an injury involving a fall from a loading dock. This amount was decided after a $165,000 workers' compensation payout was rejected.
Settlements often have the same material results for plaintiffs as civil court verdict, although negotiation may involve less time and effort than taking a case to court. Some settlements may also include provisions such as the defendant's lack of requirement to admit fault in an injury.
People injured by other people's actions or lack of responsibility may have a case for financial damages, including reimbursement for medical expenses and compensation for pain and emotional distress. Loss of income while recovering may also be a factor in financial damages. An attorney can help review and explain the best legal path forward after a serious injury on someone else's property.