Have You Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?
A personal injury lawyer can assist with your claim if you are a victim of a slip and fall accident leading to injury. These accidents can sometimes lead to severe injuries. When someone slips and falls, they can receive injuries to the back, neck, or spine. The injured person can also suffer from broken bones or head injuries. Anyone should seek immediate medical attention after the fall as it may sometimes be fatal.
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If the Accident Occurred in a Store or Public Place, You Should File an Incident or Accident Report.
These reports serve as documentation of the event, and they will play a part in the further claim of the incident. The slip and fall attorney will provide you with more information about the needed documentation and all other details about the process. Medical reports and photographs are excellent documentation as well that can help the case.
The property owner’s insurance can help with the medical expenses such as the doctor’s bills, medicines, accommodations, and other expenses such as lost wages that the victim incurred from the fall. It is important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after the incident.
In Atlanta, GA, we fight aggressively to obtain 100% of the compensation available under the law.
Property Owner Responsibility
In a slip and fall case, the property owner has to show in court that he or she took all reasonable measures possible to prevent an accident. For instance, in a common slip and fall claim in a store, the property owner has to prove, along with other things, that he or she put up enough warning signs due to wet floors. If the accident was attributable to the injured party’s own carelessness, like ignoring warning signs or driving under the influence of alcohol, the compensation claim could be void or reduced.
Liability in Slip and Fall Cases
It is the owner’s responsibility to keep the premises and approaches to the premises in a safe condition that creates liability in slip and fall or trip and fall cases. Slips and falls and trips and falls can be caused by a variety of factors, including negligence on the part of a premises owner. Property owners can be held liable for slips and falls or trips and falls for the following reasons:
- Foreign objects on the floor were not removed by the owner
- Property defects that have not been repaired by the owner
- Failure of the owner to design or maintain their premises appropriately
- A dangerous condition on a property that goes unnoticed by its owner
- Ice, snow, or water that has not been properly removed by the owner.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you have been in an unfortunate incident where you slipped and fell, the first thing you should do is get checked by a doctor. Keep all documentation that you receive in emergency rooms or at doctor appointments. Also, let the property owner know that you have been injured and request an incident report be made.
Avoid speaking to the other party’s insurance company until you have spoken with a slip and fall attorney. Gather any evidence (photos, medical records, witness contacts, incident report) that you can, and contact a slip and fall attorney right away.
Wet Floors Left Unattended and Without Warning Signs can be Enough for a Slip and Fall Claim.
In most cases, the responsible party is insured and the compensation for a personal injury claim can be recovered from the insurance company.
Damages for a personal injury claim cover both non-financial and financial compensation. Non-financial compensation is often called a pain and suffering claim, which cannot be estimated immediately. As per the laws in Atlanta, a person is entitled to a maximum of $300,000 for pain and suffering if that person is filing a personal injury claim.
What Injuries Can Result from a Slip and Fall Accident?
Common types of injuries after suffering a slip and fall accident include head injuries, neck and back injuries, bruises and cuts, bone fractures, concussions, etc.
It doesn’t matter if the injuries seem not too serious, if they were due to the negligence of someone else, you deserve your rightful compensation. Contacting a slip and fall lawyer is the best you can do to ensure fair compensation.
Slip And Fall FAQs
What are the common reasons for a slip and fall accident?
One of the very first reasons is the condition of the floor. If it was uneven or wet and slippery, it could be the reason for your accident. Furthermore, inadequate lighting, snow and ice that wasn’t removed, raised or cracked sidewalks, or long cords are common reasons for slip and fall accidents.
What are the most common slip and fall accidents?
Injuries caused by slips and falls are often severe, despite their apparent innocence. A long and expensive recovery process can follow these accidents. Accidents involving slips and falls are most commonly caused by:
Lack of lighting on walkways
A violation of the building code
Grocery store aisle spilled drinks
High shelf boxes falling off.
Even though these types of slip and fall accidents are the most common, they make up only a small fraction of the potential causes. In the event of a slip and fall accident, compensation may be available to you, no matter what led to the accident.
Did you suffer an injury at work or in a public place? When someone gets injured as a result of a defect or unsafe condition on someone’s property, this is known as premises liability.
Accidents like these happen more often than one might think. It is necessary to determine whether the property owner knew of or should have known about the hazard, and whether our client knew about the hazard or not.
The stakes are high when it comes to proving liability. You should immediately contact a slip-and-fall lawyer if you have fallen. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Getting answers now is much better than waiting.
What types of injuries justify a slip and fall lawsuit in Atlanta?
Liability is the key to these cases, which are very complex. Nevertheless, if you were injured in any way, you should get in touch with us. Our team will assist in determining whether there is a case. Delays will hurt your case.
A slip and fall accident requires a doctor’s attention as well. Leaving untreated mild injuries can lead to serious complications. In addition, if you wait too long to seek medical attention after getting injured, it may be difficult to prove the source of the injury.
What is the statute of limitations on a slip and fall in Georgia?
It is usually two years after an accident that you can file a lawsuit under Georgia Code § 9-3-33. Statutes of limitations can, however, be shorter in certain cases. In the case of a claim against a municipality or government entity, you have a much shorter window to file a lawsuit.
Your options for recovering compensation for your injuries will likely disappear if you fail to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires. If any special circumstances affect your timeline, an experienced slip and fall accident lawyer can help you make sure you don’t lose your chance to recover damages.
Your case should be started as soon as possible for many reasons. Hiring a lawyer early can help you put yourself in the best possible position to win your case. An attorney will ensure that you meet all deadlines and protect your right to recover compensation. The loss or corruption of evidence and the deterioration of witness testimony can occur with each passing day if delays are not addressed.
Who is liable in a slip and fall accident?
There is no difference in the law wherever you are. You may have a premises liability case if you have been injured at a business or private residence. It is not a guarantee that someone will not get injured just because they have insurance. When a party is aware of a hazard and does nothing about it, they are responsible.
If you are injured while on a friend’s or family member’s property, we will not sue them. The insurance adjuster will handle everything; no one else has to know about it. You won’t have to face a jury if you have a friend or loved one in court. You will receive direct compensation from the insurance company after we file a claim against their insurance carrier.
How much money can you get from a slip and fall?
Slip and fall accidents can result in substantial compensation depending on the damages sustained. In the event of a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible for various damages. It is possible to calculate the amount of damages you are entitled to in your case with the help of an Atlanta slip and fall attorney.
A minor injury may only allow you to recover a few thousand dollars, but severe injuries could result in millions of dollars in damages. You can recover economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
You suffer economic damages when you suffer a loss that directly affects your finances. A personal injury can result in you spending money or missing out on outcomes. In addition to current expenses, future expenses can also be included in these damages. The following are common economic damages:
Loss of income
A reduction in earning capacity
The cost of medical care
The cost of future medical care
Non-economic damages cover other losses caused by your accident. You may suffer substantial and long-lasting damages as a result of these injuries. The cost of replacing non-economic damages is incalculable. Consequently, these damages typically carry significant awards. The following are common non-economic damages:
Pain and suffering
Disability for life
A decrease in quality of life
Loss of consortium.
It is not about the losses you suffer when it comes to punitive damages. It is the at-fault party who is responsible for these damages. Slip and fall accident cases rarely award punitive damages. Liability only applies if the negligent party intended to cause harm or acted with criminal negligence.
Our team will collect your medical bills and work with you and your employer to determine how much time you missed from work after an accident. Evidence of pain and suffering is tangible and intangible and often used to calculate pain and suffering. It is not until you have recovered 100% or as much as you are medically capable that we come up with any numbers.
While waiting for a payout, our clients are discouraged from taking out “pre-suit” loans. The regulation of these loans is different from that of regular loans. Since there is no repayment requirement if there is no settlement, the companies can charge higher interest rates than traditional venues. We work with several preferred companies if you need money right away.