Slip and Fall Accidents
Maximizing Financial Compensation in Georgia Premises Liability Cases
Slip and fall is a term of art and one type of premises liability case that refers to various common injuries that people suffer on public, private, residential, and commercial property. Specifically, It is a tort based on a claim by a Plaintiff that the property owner was negligent in allowing some dangerous condition to exist that caused the fall and the injury to the Plaintiff.
The classic slip and fall case looks something like this:
George visits his local grocery store. While shopping, he slips on a puddle of shampoo that had leaked from an open bottle on the shelf. The slip causes George to fall. He hits his head, suffering a mild concussion, tissue damage in his neck, and a fractured bone in his arm.
Can George sue the store owner for his injuries? In most cases, yes.
In fact, the store will likely be responsible for paying for all of George’s damages, which might include:
- Hospital bills
- Surgery expenses
- Medication expenses
- Lost income due to time away from work
- Compensation for his pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- Any other out-of-pocket medical costs or other such losses
Why is the grocery store held responsible? Georgia expects every property owner in this state to maintain safe premises. However, the grocer is not always responsible as other factors are considered besides George fell.
In other words, most property owners have a duty to keep you safe while you’re on their premises. This duty falls within an area of personal injury law called premises liability.
- T. Madden & Associates, P.C. is an experienced and aggressive personal injury law firm. We’ve helped many Georgians deal with premises liability issues over the years, and we’d like to help you, too.
There’s a lot to know about slip and fall litigation. This page will address some of the most common issues. Please don’t make any assumptions about your rights, though, without talking to our office first.
We’ve been successful in recovering substantial monetary compensation for numerous accident victims living all throughout Georgia. If you or someone you know was injured while on someone else’s property, our Georgia slip and fall lawyers can help.
What Other Injuries Does Georgia Premises Liability Law Cover?
In addition to literal “slips” and “falls,” our Georgia slip and fall lawyers can help with a wide range of common property-related injuries, including:
- Tripping hazards
- Loose wires
- Shopping cart injuries
- Negligent security
- Inadequate lighting
- Falling objects
- Unsecured store shelves
- Break-ins or assaults in a hotel or residential complex
- Swimming pool injuries
- Animal attacks
- Most other injuries that are caused by dangerous conditions on someone else’s property
Will the Property Owner Cooperate?
Most property owners carry insurance policies to help them pay for premises liability lawsuits. Unfortunately, those insurance companies will likely try very hard to avoid their financial obligations – and they’re quite good at dodging those responsibilities.
Fortunately, we are quite good at holding them accountable and making them pay – and we’re available to fight on your side.
The defendant and its insurance company is likely to argue that:
- Your injuries weren’t caused by the dangerous property condition.
- Your injuries didn’t cost as much as you claim.
- You created the dangerous condition yourself.
- You did not use reasonable care to protect yourself
- The dangerous condition wasn’t foreseeable, or had existed for only a short period of time
(before the owner had a reasonable opportunity to address it).
- The property owner did not have a legal duty to prevent your harm.
- The insurance policy doesn’t apply to the injuries in your case.
Don’t make the mistake of challenging an insurance company by yourself. Likewise, don’t agree to their settlement terms without talking to an attorney first. Call our Georgia slip and fall lawyers as soon as possible.
What Kinds of Property Are Subject to Georgia Premises Liability Law?
In the example above, we described a grocery store slip and fall. While those are common, the truth is that slip and fall accidents happen everywhere. Most types of property – including public, private, commercial, and residential – are subject to certain premises liability restrictions.
Our Georgia slip and fall lawyers can assist with injuries that occur at or on:
- Shopping malls
- Retail stores
- Grocery stores
- Public parks
- Public roads
- Movie theaters
- Bars / Nightclubs
- Amusement parks
- Private property (e.g., a neighbor’s house)
- Parking decks, lots, and garages
- Machine shops
- And more
Contact Our Slip and Fall Lawyers
At T. Madden & Associates, P.C., you don’t pay us unless we get you money. Let us fight for you and the people you love. Contact us to request a completely free consultation right away.
To speak with our Atlanta premises liability attorneys, call 770-756-9311.
To speak with our Augusta premises liability attorneys, call 706-524-7784.
If you live somewhere else in Georgia (or were injured while visiting here), please feel free to call us at either number. You can also visit our offices or contact us online. We’re here when you need us.