Georgia Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Attorneys Fighting for Slip and Fall Victims in Atlanta, Cumming, Alpharetta and all of Georgia
You might at first think that a slip and fall injury could not ever be that serious. Shouldn’t you just get up and brush yourself off? Shouldn’t you just let the embarrassing matter drop?
Absolutely not. The truth is that slip and fall accidents can result in extremely serious injuries, chronic health problems, and even death – from a fall down a dangerous flight of stairs to a fall off a balcony with a rickety handrail. If you have been injured, you owe it to yourself to consult with a knowledgeable slip and fall attorney in Atlanta, GA.
In fact, some of our former clients have suffered injuries like these in slip and fall accidents:
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries and spinal injuries
- Broken bones and bone fractures
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Ankle and knee injuries
These injuries can be painful, long lasting, and expensive. At Van Sant Law, our slip and fall accident lawyers are here to help you secure the compensation you deserve, including benefits to cover hospitalization, medical costs, pain, suffering, emotional trauma, home care, rehabilitation, and lost income.
Don’t write your slip and fall off as an embarrassing incident that you want to forget about. If someone else was at fault for your injury, you have the right and the social responsibility to seek justice by filing a Georgia premises liability lawsuit.But Wasn’t It My Fault That I Fell?
Far too many people assume that they were at fault for their slip and fall injury. They might say, “Well, no one else directly caused it,” or, “I must just be a klutz!” But the truth is that if your slip and fall was caused by the negligence of the property owner, they may be wholly or partially at fault.
Property owners are obligated to maintain their premises and prevent hazards that can cause accidents. This includes fixing pavement cracks or holes, repairing uneven surfaces, providing sufficient lighting, and keeping walkways clear. Landowners that do not take care of their property can be held responsible if any accidents occur that were caused by their negligent actions.
Here are just a few examples of hazards by negligent property owners, which are common causes of slip and fall injuries:
- Dangerous stairs
- Loose carpets or boards
- Poorly lit or unlit areas
- Buildings that are not up to code
- A lack of signs warning guests of hazards
- Cracks in sidewalks
- Snow, ice, or water on the property
- Unsafe banisters or railings
- A lack of fencing
- Worn treads or slippery floors
- Poor security
The best way to find out whether your slip and fall accident may have been caused by property owner negligence is to find and understand all of the facts surrounding your case:
- Was your injury and accident caused by a hazard on the property that you were on?
- Did the property owner know about the hazard that caused your injury?
- Should he or she have known?
- Did the property owner or any of his or her employees do anything to fix it?
At Van Sant Law, our slip and fall accident attorneys can help you answer those questions and get to the bottom of your case. We can also answer any questions you have regarding personal injury laws and benefits, and our fall lawyers will skillfully guide you through the entire claim process — from reviewing your accident and determining who was at fault for your injuries to preparing a well-documented claim that details the extent of your injuries and their impact on your life.
I Slipped and Fell in a Retail Store. Is the Owner Liable for My Injuries?
If you were injured in a fall at a store, the business owner may be liable for your injuries. However, proving liability involves showing that the business knew about (or should have reasonably known about) the hazard that caused the injury, that it had an opportunity to remedy the situation before the injury occurred, and that it failed to do so. The business owner or property manager may also try to deny liability on the basis that the hazard was open and obvious, such as a “caution” sign being in place to warn customers of the hazard.
A skilled slip and fall lawyer can help you evaluate the specific facts and circumstances to determine the relative strength of your potential claim.
What if I Slipped at My Friend’s Home? Can I Hold The Friend Liable?
It is trickier to pursue a slip and fall liability claim against a friend or acquaintance if you were injured inside someone’s home, in the yard, on the deck, or elsewhere on a person’s property while you were a guest there. Fall lawyers are sometimes able to help their clients obtain compensation after injuries are sustained at a private residence. However, because visitors are typically guests of the owners, it may be necessary to demonstrate through evidence that the property owner’s or occupant’s actions willfully or wantonly resulted in the claimant’s injuries.
I Was Injured After Falling on Public Property. Who Is Responsible?
If you were injured because of a hazard like a broken sidewalk or a loose railing on city- or other government-owned property, your slip and fall lawyer may be able to help you obtain damages to compensate you for your injuries. That’s because the city (or other government property owner) owes a duty to the public to maintain buildings and landscapes free from conditions that could cause harm. Government-owned or maintained property is subject to some different rules and deadlines when it comes to pursuing claims, so talking to an attorney soon after your fall can help you preserve your rights and understand your options for moving forward.
Can I Pursue a Claim for Damages if I Was Injured While Trespassing?
If you were injured while somewhere you were not legally entitled to be, whether in a private area of a retail store, a private home or on government-owned property, you are considered a trespasser and you have fewer rights under Georgia’s premises liability laws. That makes it a more difficult proposition to collect compensation for your injuries. It is worth noting that the laws are more favorable for children who are injured while trespassing. For example, the family of a child injured or killed while trespassing on private property to use a swimming pool or trampoline may be able to pursue damages on the basis that the property owner failed to take reasonable precautions to prevent such injuries. A slip and fall attorney can work with you to evaluate the situation and explore your rights.
Get answers about your slip and fall injury – get started today by calling 404-991-5950 to schedule a consultation with an experienced slip and fall attorney, or fill out our contact form.