If you suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident that may have been preventable, you may be entitled to compensation. If the property owner failed to eliminate the fall hazard but had the opportunity to do so, you may be able to build a case against them. An Alpharetta slip and fall lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you take action.
You can speak with a member of the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team today by calling (404) 888-8888. During this initial consultation, we will review the facts of your case to determine if you can hold the property owner or occupier responsible.
Understanding How Fulton County Slip and Fall Accidents Occur
Slip and fall accidents are a specific type of premises liability case. They can happen at almost any time when you are on someone else’s property. This could include:
- Grocery stores
- Department stores
- Big box stores
- Small shops
- Parking lots
- Individual’s homes
- Any other property you visit
When many people think of slip and fall accidents, they first think of falling on ice or snow. While this does happen, it is more likely that you will fall on spilled food or liquid, or a puddle from a leak or tracked rainwater. Tripping over broken pavement or tiles, torn carpet, items in the walkway, or uneven flooring can also support a premises liability case.
Falls from a height can cause some of the most severe fall injuries, and they do not involve slipping at all. These accidents occur because of uneven stairs, missing or broken railings, and other issues.
Who Qualifies to Take Legal Action?
Under Georgia law, property owners or occupiers owe a duty of care to the people who come onto their property by protecting them from preventable injuries whenever possible. This means taking action if they see a spill or repairing a broken railing as soon as possible. It also means noticing potential hazards through regular checks of their property.
The law protects invited guests, customers, and those who are on the property to do business with or serve the property owner in some way, such as to deliver a package. It does not protect most trespassers, although there are exceptions.
In general, the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-3-1 provides a duty of care to invitees, O.C.G.A § 51-3-2 provides a duty of care to licensees and O.C.G.A § 51-3-3 outlines when trespassers might be owed a duty of care.
To learn more about the state’s premises liability laws, determine if you qualify to take legal action, and get help from an Alpharetta slip and fall lawyer, call (404) 888-8888 to speak to a member of our team from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today.
For a free legal consultation with a slip and fall injury lawyer serving Alpharetta, call (404) 888-8888
Recovering Damages Following an Alpharetta Slip and Fall Accident
If we work with you on your Fulton County slip and fall accident case, the team from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will gather the necessary evidence to prove:
- The property owner or occupier owed you a duty of care.
- You suffered injuries because of a hazard on the property.
- The property owner or occupier, or a member of their team, knew about or should have known about the hazard.
- The property owner or occupier did not adequately address the hazard.
- You suffered injuries and financial losses as a result of their negligence.
We will also collect proof of your injuries, prognosis, expenses, and losses. This may require us to call in experts, especially if there are potential future or ongoing costs related to treating your injuries or living with permanent impairments.
Once we have a better idea of the particulars of your case, we will demand a fair settlement agreement from the property owner’s liability insurance, either a homeowner’s policy or business policy. We will see compensation for damages that include:
- Treatment and other related medical expenses
- Lost wages and reduced ability to work
- Property damages, such as broken glasses or a cracked smartphone
- Other losses and expenses with documentation
- Pain and suffering damages
- Diminished quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Other intangible losses
If you lost an immediate family member, you could qualify for additional damages. Under OCGA §51-4-2, certain family members can pursue wrongful death cases following a fatal incident. Our team pursues wrongful death cases for spouses, children, parents, and others who qualify. We can discuss your options with you today for free.
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Statute of Limitations on Filing a Lawsuit in a Fulton County Civil Court
While slip and fall cases generally do not need to go to trial, there are some situations when filing a civil lawsuit in a Fulton County court becomes necessary. Under OCGA §9-3-33, fall victims generally only have up to 24 months from their injury date to begin a personal injury lawsuit.
If the insurer refuses to accept responsibility for your injuries, refuses a fair settlement, or denies your claim, a personal injury lawsuit may play an important role in your case. We may also need to take this action if the two-year deadline is approaching, and we are not very close to securing a fair settlement based on the insurance claim we filed and the evidence we submitted.
Speak to a Member of Our Slip and Fall Legal Team Today
An Alpharetta slip and fall lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to help you hold responsible the property owner or occupier who failed to prevent your injuries. We can explain your options based on the facts of your case. These evaluations are complimentary.
We also pursue damages for our clients based on contingent fees. You will never pay us anything out of your pocket. We only receive payments after securing a settlement or verdict and financial award in your case.
You can reach a member of the team from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to discuss your case today by calling (404) 888-8888. Our free case reviews are available to all Fulton County injury victims.