Slip and fall cases are among the most complicated personal injury cases. Whether someone injured from a slip and fall victim has a viable case will depend on a range of factors, including:
- The purpose of the injured individual’s presence on the property
- What caused the person to slip and fall
- Whether the property owner had knowledge of the condition that caused the injury
- Whether the injured person was also negligent
Because slip and fall cases are so complex, you should contact an experienced premises liability attorney as soon as possible if you are injured after a slip and fall on someone else’s property. The process begins with a free case evaluation.
Gathering evidence and locating witnesses are essential steps toward determining what caused the slip and fall and if the property owner can be held liable. Evidence may get lost or destroyed if you wait too long to take action.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents often occur in a business setting. Because these accidents are caused by the business owner not properly maintaining the area where the event occurred, slip and fall cases come under the category of premises liability.
Slip and fall injuries commonly involve negligence in dealing with potential hazards, such as:
- Wet or slippery surfaces – According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), more than half of all slip and fall accidents are caused by hazardous walking surfaces. Examples of conditions include recently waxed or polished floors and spills that haven’t been cleaned up.
- Floor surface issues – Floors and flooring materials contribute directly to over 2 million fall injuries per year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Conditions like uneven surfaces, a sudden dip or rise in the floor level, and cracks or holes in the floor can all pose significant risks.
- Poor lighting – People are especially vulnerable to slip and fall accidents when they can’t see well. A surface that may not be especially hazardous in the light could be dangerous in the dark. It is the property owner’s responsibility to make sure walking areas are adequately lit.
- Weather conditions – Outdoor slip and fall injuries are often the result of hazardous weather conditions such as rain, ice, and snow. For example, when it snows, property owners have a duty to remove snow and ice from walkways. When they fail to do so, and a slip and fall injury happens, they may be held liable.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Unfortunately, slips and falls are a common occurrence in Atlanta and throughout Georgia.
At The Champion Firm, P.C., we have helped clients recover compensation for their injuries related to a slip and fall. Slips and fall injuries can affect various parts of the body and range in severity from minor to life-threatening.
Common slip and fall injuries include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprained wrists and ankles
- Broken bones
- Pulled muscles and stretched tendons
- Knee damage
- Cuts and bruises
- Shoulder dislocation
If you have suffered one of these injuries – or another not listed – due to a slip and fall on someone else’s property, contact our Atlanta personal injury attorney immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for losses sustained because of your injury. Our experienced slip and fall attorney can advise you on the best way to handle your incident.
How to Determine Who Is Liable for Fall Injuries
Determining who is legally responsible for your slip and fall injury can be complicated. Each slip and fall case deals with whether the property owner acted carefully so that slipping was unlikely to happen, and whether the person who slipped was careless in not seeing and avoiding the condition that caused the fall.
An individual injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property has to prove that accident was caused by a dangerous condition, and that the property owner knew of the dangerous condition or reasonably should have known about it. The dangerous condition must have presented an unreasonable risk, and it must be one that the injured person would not have anticipated.
To establish that the property owner knew of a dangerous condition, you must prove that:
- The property owner created the dangerous condition.
- The owner knew about the condition but failed to correct it.
- The condition was present for such a period of time that the owner should have seen and addressed it before the slip and fall accident occurred .
For a property owner to be held responsible, it must have been foreseeable that their negligence would create the danger at issue.
Types of Compensation Available in Slip and Fall Cases
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to one or more of the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Compensation amounts in slip and fall settlements vary widely on a case by case basis. Depending on the severity of the injury and other factors, the compensation awarded could be in the hundreds of thousands. For example, The Champion Firm, P.C. recovered $350,000 for a client who fractured their kneecap after slipping on a painted surface.
How Long Do Slip and Fall Cases Take?
The short answer is: it varies.
Slip and fall cases are often complex and depend on many circumstances and factors. These cases can take anywhere from a few months to many years to resolve, depending on if a settlement is reached. When negotiations cannot achieve the desired outcome, the case proceeds to trial and the process can take much longer.
How Can The Champion Firm, P.C Help Me?
At The Champion Firm, P.C., we know how to investigate slip and fall cases and determine whether you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Attorney Darl Champion has successfully represented clients who have been injured due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall that was the result of a dangerous condition on someone’s property, contact The Champion Firm., now for a free claim evaluation.