Accidents can happen anywhere, from a friend’s backyard to a grocery store to a sidewalk at the park. When someone is seriously hurt after they slip or trip and fall, they may be eligible for a personal injury claim. Our Georgia slip and fall lawyer is here to help guide you through your claim every step of the way to ensure that you are supported and well-represented and that you get the best possible result from your slip and fall case. After you have read about your slip and fall case, please do not hesitate to call our Georgia slip and fall lawyers to set up your free initial case review.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
While “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” accidents sound innocuous, the truth is that they can cause serious injury. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among adults 65 and over. Fall-related injuries can include fractured bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. This is why property owners are required to keep their properties safe. Yet, property owners often fail to do so. Common causes of slip/trip and fall accidents include the following:
- Debris on floors
- Cracked or uneven flooring
- Poor lighting conditions
- Other dangerous conditions
- Failure to install handrails on stairs
- Unreasonably slippery floors
- Deteriorating sidewalks
- Holes in flooring or the ground
- Improper flooring materials
How Georgia Slip and Fall Compensation Works
When you are injured in a slip and fall, you will be seeking compensation from the liable party’s insurance company. You may be reluctant to bring a claim if you were injured in a slip and fall at a friend’s house. You may think that you don’t want to bring the claim because you do not want to sue your friend, but that is not what will be happening. You are asking the insurance company to pay for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. This money is not directly coming from your friend, it is coming from the insurance company that represents them. The same goes for places like grocery stores. Their insurance is responsible for your damages. You will not be directly suing that property owner.
Georgia is a state that follows comparative fault, which means you can be compensated for your damages even if you share some fault in causing the slip and fall. The way it works is as follows: say someone is at the grocery store looking at their phone while they walk down the aisle. There is a puddle of spilled liquid that has not yet been cleaned, but because they weren’t looking, they slip and get hurt. The grocery store would be responsible for not having cleaned up that spill or marked it with a sign but that person would be partially responsible because they were not paying full attention. In an instance such as this, they may be deemed something like 20 percent at fault for the accident. If they were awarded $10,000 in damages, that fault would mean they can only collect $8,000 of the award. We take our job of protecting your right to full compensation seriously.
Georgia Slip and Fall Statute of Limitations
It is important to keep in mind that you have a limited amount of time in which you can bring your slip and fall claim. Georgia permits injured victims two years from the date of their slip and fall in which they can bring their claim or have it settled in civil court. This may seem like it is a long time but in terms of a lawsuit, two years can go by quickly. We push for these cases to go as fast as they reasonably can, but it is still a task to get them done. That is why it is so important for anyone seeking a slip and fall case to contact a Georgia lawyer right away. You want to give them as much time as you can to build a strong case so that you have the best chance at success as possible. The sooner you can get yourself in a consultation with an experienced Georgia slip and fall attorney, the better off your case will be down the road.
What to Do After Your Slip and Fall
There are a few things that you will want to do after you have injured yourself. If you are hurt at a store or public premises, you should be sure to report your incident to someone who is in charge. That may by the manager of the store or the property owner. Before they get a chance to clean up what you were hurt on, take photos and videos so that you have this evidence. If you fell at someone’s private property, let them know what happened and also take photographic evidence. It is important to have this for yourself because, by the time you get to the lawyer who will represent your case, that evidence will likely be gone. Bring this evidence as well as a copy of your accident report, if you got one, to your Georgia slip and fall lawyers so they can get to work right away on your case.
Call Our Georgia Slip and Fall Lawyers
If you have been seriously hurt in a slip and fall, please do not hesitate to call our office to set up your free initial case review. This is a no-obligation consultation during which we will go over the details of your case and let you know what your legal options are. Call today to find out how we can help you!