Atlanta Slip And Fall Attorneys
Slip and falls are a major cause of injuries and deaths throughout the Unites States. An unexpected fall onto a hard surface can tear muscles, break bones and cause concussions. Under the right circumstances, a simple fall can cause head trauma leading to death. And the most unfortunate fact about many of these injuries is that they are largely preventable, if property owners will take the necessary precautions.
Our personal injury firm has seen numerous cases where victims slip and fall due to the negligence of property owners. If you are a slip and fall victim, we encourage you to contact our firm to discuss your legal options. If the property owner failed to provide a safe environment, there is a strong chance you could pursue a successful lawsuit – getting compensation to help you recover from your injuries.
What Is Slip And Fall?
Slip and fall (and sometimes trip and fall) refers to a variety of injuries that result from unsafe surfaces, such as icy walkways, broken sidewalks, wet floors and other surfaces that people encounter in both private and public areas. When you are walking around and going about your business, you have an expectation that the surfaces you are navigating will be relatively safe. If they are not safe, such as when a floor is being mopped in a grocery store, you expect to be notified of the danger through proper signage.
A slip and fall accident is any that involves you losing your footing and falling to the ground. A person only needs to fall a very short distance to a hard surface to risk serious injury, particularly if he or she is older or suffers from certain health conditions. But even a perfectly health person can be serious injured or die in the right circumstances. Slip and falls are extremely serious, and property owners need to treat them as such.
Where Do Slip And Falls Occur
Slip and falls can occur anywhere you happen to be walking. Common injury sites include:
- Grocery stores
- Neighbor’s homes, decks and yards
- Convenience stores
- Gas stations
- Apartment complexes
How To Prevent Slip And Falls
There are a lot of things that can be done to prevent slip and falls, things both you can do and other home owners and businesses can do. For your own protection, you can clean up any spills immediately and thoroughly, make sure all your rugs are secure and wear the right footwear for the occasion.
Businesses and property owners can help prevent slip and falls by:
- Cleaning up spills immediately
- Mopping wet areas where the public will be walking
- Installing proper lighting over walkways
- Fixing broken surfaces, such as stairs, walkways and floors
- Marking all hazards appropriately while they are still dangerous
Common Injuries From Slip And Falls
A slip and fall accident can result in a variety of injuries, including:
- Head trauma or TBI
- Broken bones
- Sprained muscles
- Muscle strain
- Herniated discs
- Cervical dislocation
- Spinal injury
Falling onto a hard surface unexpectedly can do a lot of damage to your body, even if you are not aware of it initially. If you do slip and fall, it is important that you seek medical care immediately. Your injuries may not be apparent to you, and could show up later in ways that do not directly point to your accident. Seeking medical care, documenting your accident and care, and talking to a slip and fall attorney are all important steps after you fall.
Who Is Liable For Your Injury?
In most cases, the party liable for your injury will be the one that owns the property where you fell. However, there are a number of factors that must be considered when determining liability. The unsafe conditions could have been created by a negligent employee, a defective cleaning product, the property owner or some other party that is not readily apparent at the time of your accident. An attorney will need to investigate the accident to get a clear picture of who is responsible.
How Do Lawyers Determine A Case?
Property owners are required to provide safe environments for those that they invite onto their property. However, not every fall that happens on someone else’s property is caused by negligence. When we look at your case we will have to determine not only who might be liable, but that negligence occurred in the first place. The owner may not have been aware of the safety issue. It may have truly been an accident, in which case trying to pursue legal action does not make sense.
Of course, there are also circumstances that are much more black and white. If the owner knew about the problem that caused your injury, then we will be able to build a strong case.
When it comes to slip and fall cases, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to examine your case. Our team should be able to determine if you have a case in a relatively short period of time.
How Much Compensation Can You Expect?
The three types of damages that slip and fall claims seek are medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. While these can seem pretty straightforward, calculating the amount of money you should get from your injuries is actually quite complicated. As your legal team, we will seek to get you compensation for not only your current medical expenses, but those that you will need in the future from the injury. We will attempt to demonstrate how much income you are losing out now, and as a result of your injury in the future. Pain and suffering can also be considerable from a serious injury.
Compensation from a slip and fall case can be substantial, depending on the injuries and the circumstances.
If you or a loved one has suffered and injury from a slip and fall, please contact our firm to talk with one of our attorneys and learn about your situation. The sooner we talk to you, the sooner we can get started on your case.