Business owners in Delaware and across the country have a legal duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for customers, workers, vendors and others. If a shop or restaurant owner breaches this duty, you may suffer a catastrophic injury in a slip-and-fall accident.
According to Advisen, a provider of technology services to insurance companies, Delaware has an oversized share of high-dollar slip-and-fall settlements. Consequently, you may have a better chance of securing substantial financial compensation for your injuries in the First State than in many others.
Slip-and-fall accidents happen across industries
Unsurprisingly, construction sites are responsible for the largest number of slip-and-fall insurance claims in the U.S. Closely behind, though, are retail spaces. This makes sense, as retail outlets often welcome countless customers who may slip, trip and fall. Nevertheless, Advisen’s database shows that no industry is free from slip-and-fall insurance claims.
Delaware settlements tend to be substantial
Populous states, such as Texas and Florida, have the highest settlement amounts for slip-and-fall accident claims. Interestingly, despite its comparatively small size, Delaware’s settlement amounts also tend to be substantial. While Advisen’s report does not explain this phenomenon, it may be due to a friendlier environment for claimants in Delaware.
Claims often lead to awards or settlements
The odds of reaching an acceptable outcome with your slip-and-fall injury claim after suffering a slip-and-fall injury claim may be in your favor. After all, Advisen’s numbers indicate that between 2017 and 2019, 47% of claims resulted in jury awards, with 37% of claims ending in a settlement. This leaves only 17% of claims that concluded with dismissal.
Looking at raw insurance data can be a bit like reading tea leaves. Still, if you have suffered a life-changing injury in a slip-and-fall accident, the data may encourage you to take full advantage of your legal remedies.