Slip & Fall Cases in Georgia
Atlanta Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys
Property owners are required by Georgia State laws to keep their land,
buildings and surrounding landscape free from conditions that could cause
harm. A common accident that can occur due to improper care includes the
act of individuals slipping and or falling. Injuries from slip and fall
cases could be a result of numerous factors and can occur on both public
and private property.
premises liability law governs whether or not a property owner is legally responsible for an
injury that you suffer while on that particular property.
Common places that have been found to have dangerous environments include:
- Apartment complexes
- Grocery stores
- Gas stations and convenience stores
Neighbors' houses, yards and
This is not a comprehensive list, but rather a few of the most frequented
locations where slip and fall cases have been known to happen. They can
occur in any place that has the possibility of uneven ground, slippery
surfaces or other obstructions that cause a person bodily harm. Everything
from minor scrapes to life-altering damage can occur because of this type
of accident and it is vital that you speak with an attorney to receive
the compensation that is rightfully yours.
Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls
There are many things you can do to prevent slip and fall accidents from
occurring. The things you have control over include:
- Wearing appropriate footwear for the activity you are doing
- Clean anything you drop onto the floor
- Secure any and all floor rugs and mats
- Walk carefully
Sometimes you cannot prevent an accident from occurring, as it may have
taken place due to poor maintenance by an employer or property owner,
such as in the following situations:
Lack of cleaning: When liquids get spilled on the ground, property owners should have a process
in place to clean the hazard or caution off the area.
Poor lighting: When walkways are not well lit and light bulbs are not replaced.
Broken stairs: When a stair or other piece of flooring is broken or uneven.
Do I have a good slip and fall case?
It is a general rule that a property owner must take reasonable precautions
to keep those that he or she invites onto their property safe from unreasonable
risks that could result in harm. Often the judge in this type of case
will question whether or not the property owner was aware of the prospective
damage or not. If they were well-aware of the possibility that they could
be presenting an unsafe setting prior to having other individuals on their
land, there is a very high chance of the victim receiving compensation.
Should the homeowner or business proprietor not have been notified or conscious
of the detrimental surroundings, it may be more of a complicated situation.
Having a competent lawyer with you throughout every step of the way may
allow you a greater chance of obtaining restitution for your losses.
What should I do if I am hurt while on someone else's property?
First things first, it is vital that you get medical attention immediately.
This is important not only to get the relief you need but also to document
that the incident was actually the cause of the pain you are now experiencing.
Report the incident to the store manager, clerk, or other individuals
on hand if it occurred at a business place and
get their full names if you can. You do not want to give the property owner an ability to say
the incident never occurred.
Take a photo of the condition that caused your fall if you can as the more
evidence you can provide, the better the chance you have of recovering
reimbursement. Most importantly, speak with an attorney. Medical bills
can pile up quick, especially if you are forced to miss work. You owe
it to yourself and your family to do everything possible to protect your rights.
Who is Liable for My Fall Accident and Injury That Occurred at Work?
It depends. Was the fall your fault? Did you trip over your own shoelace?
Did your high heel break? Were you not looking where you were going? If
you answered no to all of those questions, then your employer or the owner
of the property may be liable for your slip and fall accident and injuries.
Although you may feel awkward bringing this matter up to your employer,
you shouldn’t have to pay for your medical bills, physical therapy
or lose income for a fall that wasn't your fault.
Business owners have insurance for incidents of this sort, and they should
be willing to pay for Georgia premises liability claims that occur on
their property. Although you may be afraid that your employer may punish
you, retaliate against you, or fire you for your slip and fall accident,
that action would be against the law. Business owners and property owners
have a duty to take care of their grounds to make sure employees and visitors
are protected from dangerous conditions.
We also, however, understand that you don’t want to be put in an
awkward position or be afraid of losing your job because you would like
your employer to pay for your damages. This is why we handle these slip
and fall cases between employers and employees with the most discretion.
If you need help with your Georgia slip and fall case contact our premises
liability lawyers at Kalka & Baer LLC at (404) 334-4831 for a
free consultation today.
Exemplary Atlanta Premises Liability Lawyers
Kalka & Baer LLC has handled all types of premises liability cases involving slip and fall
situations. Attorney Tony Kalka has worked as a defense attorney for major
insurance companies in the past and with his insight, it is possible he
could win significant compensation on your behalf. Included in the list
Super Lawyers® for 2014-2017, Attorney Kalka has continued to impress his peers
and clients with his manner of professionalism combined with exemplary
skill with personal injury law.
As a recipient of the
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of Atlanta are confident in the tactics utilized by our lawyers. Do not
hesitate to contact our qualified legal team if you believe that you may
have a case.
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