Slip and Fall Lawyers in Georgia: Getting Back on Your Feet After a Serious Accident
Whether you or a loved one has been injured on business or personal property, it’s important to take the right steps to both ensure a good physical recovery, and protect your right to compensation.
With the right legal representation, you may be entitled to compensation not only for the direct costs from the accident (such as lost wages, medical bills, and prosthetics) but also for intangible damages, such as general pain and suffering, or loss of consortium with your spouse.
How Georgia Slip and Fall Law Works, and How to Make It Work for You
When you enter a building or onto a piece of land, the owner, management company, or occupier of that property has a duty to protect you from danger. If the person responsible for the property is neglectful or careless — even if not intentionally — and you get hurt as a result, you can take legal action. It’s also important to understand that you do not necessarily need to be on the property with permission to have a valid claim. Property owners must take reasonable care to keep their land and buildings safe, even for those that may enter the area as a trespasser. (This often happens with children who are injured while playing on dangerous construction sites, equipment, farms, or abandoned buildings.)
Common slip and falls hazards include:
- Grease spills and other pools of liquid;
- Snow or ice patches;
- Areas with inadequate or poorly designed lighting;
- Loose welcome mats or drop rugs;
- Debris left on stairs;
- Crumbling or uneven pavement;
- Unmarked holes in the ground or on the property;
- Defective furniture, such as couches, benches and garden furniture.
There are also times when an injury victim’s recovery can go beyond the initial injury. For instance, consider an elderly woman who breaks her hip climbing slippery stairs at a department store. She might need surgery, after which she develops an infection, that then leads to more medical issues. The property owner could be liable not only for the hip surgery, but also for all future medical bills or expenses.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall
First and foremost, get medical treatment.
If safe, take pictures of the accident scene (a cell phone camera will do). Collect other information that can help later, such as witness contact information. Write down what employees of the business say. For instance, if a store employee saw you fall and says something like, “Sorry, we should have cleaned that up!”, that admission may be very important in your claim process.
Not every accident needs to be (nor should be) resolved through the courts. To determine whether you have a case, your GA premises liability lawyer will want to know:
- How badly you were hurt, and did you seek medical treatment.
- Will your injuries prevent you from working or taking care of life’s daily tasks?
- Did you cause or contribute to what happened? If so, how responsible were you? (Being partially at fault does not necessarily stop you from recovering for your damages.)
Contact North Georgia Slip and Fall Lawyers
The most important thing you can do after an accident is to contact an attorney. If you have no claim, the attorney can tell you that and you leave with peace of mind. However, there are many cases where individuals feel okay immediately after a fall, only to have problems later. Also, slip and fall cases are time sensitive, meaning that claims against the at-fault party and their insurance company are barred after a specific period of time. So play it safe. Contact our skilled personal injury lawyers at Stemberger & Cummins, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation about your rights and options. We can be reached at (770) 253-0913, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.