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Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident? Our Lawyers Can Help.
You probably assumed that walking across a normal, level floor would not represent a significant hazard. Unfortunately, you may never have quite that perspective again. After a slip and fall accident, you may find yourself left with significant injuries that change the way you move through life—or the way you can’t. Did you suffer serious injuries in a slip and fall accident? You do not have to face them alone.
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Establishing Liability in a Slip and Fall Claim
Georgia law states that property owners may be liable for damages if an individual is injured on their property. However, the landowner’s liability depends on the victim’s status on the property at the time of the accident. In Georgia, you could be classified as one of the following entrants:
- Invitees – An invitee is someone who enters a property with the owner’s express or implied invitation. For example, customers at a Sam’s Club, Publix, or another store are considered invitees. Landowners owe the highest duty of care to invitees.
- Licensees – Like invitees, licensees are able to enter a landowner’s property. However, licensees only enter a property for their own interests or convenience, such as a social guest. Property owners should ensure that licensees aren’t exposed to harm.
- Trespassers – A trespasser is an unlawful entrant. Therefore, landowners only owe trespassers a duty to not willfully harm them. Trespassers might be unable to collect compensation if they’re injured on someone else’s property.
To prove liability, you must also establish the four elements of negligence, which are as follows:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care
- The owner breached their duty
- This breach of duty caused your accident
- Your accident resulted in monetary and non-monetary damages
Who’s Liable for a Slip & Fall at Work?
If you slip and fall at work, you would recover compensation through your workers’ comp benefits. All Georgia employers are required to provide workers’ comp insurance in the event of an on-the-job injury. You don’t have to prove fault to collect workers’ comp benefits either, and this insurance will help pay for your medical bills and lost wages while you recover from your injuries.
Injuries From Slip and Fall Accidents in Georgia
Falls are the leading cause of death in workplace injuries, accounting for almost 40 percent of job site fatalities, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. After a slip and fall, you may suffer serious injury. In many cases, those injuries lead to lifelong consequences, pain, and suffering.
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Organ damage
- Severe cuts and lacerations
- Internal bleeding
- Broken and fractured bones
- Knee injuries and Joint injuries
Common Slip and Fall Accidents
You might have experienced a slip and fall accident because of the following:
- Building Violations
- Wet Floors
- Poorly Lit Stairs
- Uneven Sidewalks
- Lack of Guardrails
- Poorly Maintained Parking Lots
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What Compensation Can You Get for a Slip and Fall Accident in Georgia?
After a slip and fall accident, you may wonder what compensation you can seek for your injuries. How far does the premises liability extend? While the funds you can receive will vary, most people seek:
- Compensation for medical bills associated with the accident. Medical bills include the cost of immediate emergency care as well as any long-term care needs, like physical therapy or ongoing hospitalization, associated with the accident.
- Payment for wages lost as a result of time the victim could not work after the accident. If you missed time at work for physical therapy, because of hospitalization, or due to the inability to work because of your injuries, you may receive compensation for that missed time.
- Compensation for pain and suffering. In addition to payment for actual financial damages, you may receive financial compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced due to your slip and fall. This can include missed opportunities and missed time with loved ones as well as physical pain and suffering.
- Payment for lost earning potential. In some cases, injuries from your slip and fall accident may permanently prevent you from returning to your previous employment. A traumatic brain injury, for example, could permanently prevent you from handling your former responsibilities, while paralysis could prevent you from returning to a physical job. In this case, you may seek payment for the lost potential to earn that money.
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We fight for everything you deserve.Insurance Claims for Slip and Fall Accidents
Most facilities carry premises liability insurance designed to protect them if someone suffers an injury in their store. After a slip and fall accident, you will likely deal with the insurance company to receive compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, many insurance companies employ common tactics to reduce the company’s financial burden—and therefore the funds you will receive. These include:
- Offering a low settlement shortly after your accident. The company may pressure you to sign the offer quickly in order to decrease their burden.
- Trying to prove your injuries occurred at another time, rather than during the accident.
- Trying to shift liability to you by proving you entered an area you should not have entered or engaged in horseplay in the facility.
- Attempting to prove that your injuries cause you less trouble than you claim.
Working with an attorney is the best way to fight an insurance adjuster determined to shortchange you after your accident.
A slip and fall accident attorney sounds expensive. At The Champion Firm, we start by offering a free consultation that allows us to decide if our clients have a solid claim. We work on a contingency fee basis for personal injury cases, meaning we only get paid if we recover compensation for you.
The places you can experience a slip and fall accident include but are not limited to:
- Parking lots
- Sporting venues
- Grocery stores
- Gas stations
- Bars and clubs
Many parties could be at fault for your slip and fall damages, including the following:
- Property owners
- Property managers
- Leasing companies
Contact an Atlanta Slip and Fall Attorney Today
If you have been injured after a fall on someone else's property, contact our slip and fall accident lawyers for a free initial consultation. Our attorneys will review the details of your case and advise you of your legal options.
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