Slip and Falls
Georgia Slip and Falls Lawyer
Places of business and property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe for visitors. This area of law is known as premises liability. When a property owner is found to be negligent in maintaining their premises, they can be held liable for the injuries their negligence caused.
If you have been injured, under Georgia law, more than likely you have a right to be compensated for your injuries. It is important that you speak to a qualified Georgia slip and fall lawyer from our office to provide you with a clear evaluation of your case. We will set to work contacting insurance companies and gathering important evidence regarding your injury. We will always try to work out a favorable solution for our clients without litigating the matter. However, if we are not happy with a proposed settlement, we are fully prepared to take the matter to court to get our client the compensation they need to heal from their injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident on another person’s property, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You’ll have to prove that the property owner didn’t take the necessary steps to ensure that their property was safe. Examples of negligence causing slip and fall injuries includes:
- Visitors being unaware of a hazard on the property (such as ice, wet floors).
- Property owner didn’t make a reasonable effort to keep the property safe.
- Owner was aware of the hazards and didn’t take corrective action to warn others or make repairs.
Protecting Your Rights
In many instances, the condition that lead to the slip and fall accident was temporary. It could be ice on a sidewalk, or a puddle of water in the middle of a grocery store. It is not uncommon for a property owner to quickly correct the problem once you have been hurt to avoid liability. Because of this, the following steps are recommended:
- Take photos of the hazard, the surrounding area and your injuries.
- Seek medical help right away. Whether this means calling 911, or going straight to the doctor, it is important to put your health first. This also important because it documents your injuries.
- Get contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Inform the property owner of the accident.
If you are successful in proving your case, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. This could include reimbursement for past and future medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The compensation could come from the owner’s property or building insurance policy.
It is important to seek our advice promptly and not try to negotiate with an insurance company on your own. Remember that insurance companies are not going to be on your side. They are going to try and settle your claim for the lowest possible amount of money.
At Duffy & Feemster we have worked on hundreds of these cases. When you contact us, we will promptly set to work gathering evidence, seeking the advice of experts where necessary, and contacting the insurance companies. If we can’t work out a favorable settlement for you, we are ready and willing to take it the next level and litigate. Our sole concern is justice for our client.
Property owners in Georgia have the duty to keep their premises safe for other parties who come onto their property. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for the damages their negligence has caused. This responsibility holds true whether the person is a customer, employee, social guest or in some instances a trespasser. If a party is injured because of an owner’s negligent or malicious conduct, they deserve to be accountable for their actions.
Do I Have a Case?
When an accident occurs on another’s person’s property, it is necessary to determine whether the property manager knew or should have known of the property hazard, or whether they had taken steps to correct a known problem. Property accidents can happen in many ways. These include:
- Slip and Fall Accidents-Slip and fall accidents are the most common property hazard. These accidents can occur due to things like uneven pavement, wet floors, loose carpeting, uneven walkways or poorly lit stairwells.
- Hazardous Materials-Various hazardous material can pose a danger to people on another’s property. This can include things like carbon monoxide, mold, cleaning agents and other hazardous chemicals.
- Pools and Water-Unsupervised and unfenced pools and ponds can be hazardous to adults and children.
- Structural defects-Poorly built balconies, stairs, sheds and bridges can collapse and hurt people on the property.
The Georgia premises liability lawyers and Duffy & Feemster, LLC represent victims of premises liability accidents. We understand that these accidents can take place on the property of a friend, or family member. It is understandable if you feel reluctant to make a claim. It can feel you are being disloyal.
But, more often than not, these claims will be handled through the property owners’ insurance.
Don’t try and handle these claims without our help. Insurance companies will try to protect their policyholders. They might offer you a settlement, but it can be inadequate to your needs.