Atlanta and Savannah Slip and Fall Attorneys: The Brown Firm
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If you are Injured in a slip and fall accident, the negligent property owner may be held financially liable for your injury, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and lost income.
The negligent party in a slip and fall claim can be a private home owner or a commercial property owner of a commercial establishment, like the grocery store.
Here are some types of property owner negligence that can cause serious injuries–from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries–in a slip and fall accident:
- Slippery or uneven pavement, sidewalks, stairs, or other walking surfaces
- Overly steep entryways or driveways
- Poor lighting conditions
- Poorly built or maintained objects
- Blocked aisles
In slip and fall injury cases, time is an extremely important factor.
- You need to react quickly, or the accident scene may change. This kind of evidence crucial to all personal injury cases. If you are injured in a slip and fall incident, there are several steps you should take:
- Report the incident to the proper authorities – make an incident report.
- Take pictures of the scene – location, cause of the incident, time of day, etc.
- Get immediate medical care – make sure you attend any follow-up appointments.
- Contact The Brown Firm as soon as possible to connect with a slip and fall lawyer as quickly as possible.
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Understanding Liability After a Slip and Fall Accident
Property owners may be held responsible when someone slips and falls on a damp floor, defective stairs, or rocky patch or path. Property owners have what’s called a “duty of care.” This means they must maintain a reasonable standard of care that minimizes the risk of harm to anyone with a right to be there.
Slip and fall cases are based on the ideology of negligence:
- Whether or not the property owner acted carefully in preventing a slip and fall on their grounds
- Whether the victim acted recklessly in not seeing or avoiding the thing they slipped on
In particular circumstances, a property owner would not be held liable for an injured victim. One is when an individual’s carelessness causes the accident and injuries to occur. A property owner’s “duty of care” doesn’t apply when injuries are sustained by someone not expected to be in the place where the accident occurs.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
When a property owner fails to exercise prudent care and is negligent regarding the ownership of their property, they can be held responsible if any accident injuries occur.
Some of the most common causes for slip and fall accidents include:
- Uneven steps
- Weather conditions
- Spills on floors
- Inadequate lighting
- Unnecessary clutter
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The Importance of Documenting your Slip and Fall Accident Injury
In Georgia slip and fall accident cases, properly recording and reporting all evidence about your accident is essential to getting the financial compensation you deserve.
- Time can hurt personal injury claims if people don’t respond quickly enough. Witnesses may disappear, or the scene of the accident may change. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, take these steps to ensure your case is properly documented:
- Report the accident: Report your accident to the property owner or a manager immediately. Many establishments provide their paperwork after an accident occurs. It’s okay to use the supplies they give you, just be sure to obtain a copy of the paperwork before you leave.
- Seek medical care: Even if you feel you haven’t experienced significant injuries, please get proper medical care immediately following the accident. You will need accurate documentation of your medical treatment and medical bills if you wish to explore damages for your injuries.
- Take pictures: It is essential to take photographs of the area surrounding the accident as well as the scene itself. Remember, conditions change quickly, so recording pictures as soon as possible is advised.
- Witness information: If anyone witnessed the slip and fall accident, try to obtain their name, number, and address. This is a critical component of your case and can also contribute to your settlement amount.
- Hire legal help: Premise liability claims can be very complex, and navigating these complexities alone can risk the loss of your claim. Our experienced Savannah slip and fall attorneys have the resources and necessary knowledge to help you gain a fair settlement.
Slip and Fall Cases Can Be Complicated
Unfortunately, just showing your injuries may not be enough. You need to prove that the property owner or manager was aware of the dangerous or defective condition and had adequate time to repair it. You must also prove that you were not aware that you were entering a dangerous area, and our attorneys can help.
At the same time, you might have insurance companies contacting you, trying to get you to accept a settlement offer (which very well might be lower than you deserve).
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the personal injury and accident attorneys at The Brown Firm in Savannah, Atlanta, or Athens, GA, or in Okatie, SC. We will work hard to help you prove your case and obtain full compensation for you.
If you or a loved one were injured and need help, our skilled Savannah and Georgia personal injury attorneys will be at your side every step of the way, beginning with a free case evaluation.
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