Property and business owners have a legal duty to ensure their premises are safe for visitors and employees. If an owner fails to take the proper precautions and causes harm or injury, they may be financially liable. However, injured parties will need to prove the opposing side is responsible for causing the accident to resolve their compensation case.
The slip and fall accident attorneys at our Athens law office will review your case for free and advise whether or not you have grounds for making a personal injury claim or lawsuit. If you do have a claim, we will help you navigate the legal process and build a robust case to prove liability for the compensation you deserve.
Your Legal Options after a Slip and Fall Accident
Thousands of people are seriously hurt in preventable slip and fall accidents in public places or at work every year. Where a property or business owner is responsible for causing the accident, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries and other losses related to the accident.
Most cases are resolved through an insurance claim. However, if an appropriate settlement cannot be agreed upon, you may need to file a lawsuit against the liable party to recover compensation.
While it is rare for a slip and fall case to go to court, it does not mean you need to accept the first offer an insurance company makes. Insurers rarely open negotiations with their best offer, so it can be beneficial to work with an injury lawyer who can evaluate your injuries and present a strong argument supporting your case.
For a free legal consultation with a slip and fall accidents lawyer serving Athens, call (404) 888-8888
What Is Required to Prove a Slip and Fall Accident Claim?
The first stage in the legal process is investigating the cause of the accident. We determine potentially liable parties from the investigation and gather evidence to prove negligence. Negligence is a legal term used to describe when someone does something or fails to do something that causes harm to others. In the context of a slip and fall accident claim, you will need to prove:
- The business or property owner had a legal duty of care for your safety while on their premises.
- They caused, knew, or should reasonably have known about an unsafe condition or safety hazard but did nothing to remedy it.
- You were injured due to an accident caused the unsafe conditions or a safety hazard.
- You have demonstrable damages and losses resulting from the accident and your injuries.
Slip and fall accidents can happen pretty much anywhere. So whether you were visiting a public or commercial place, at work, at school, at a swimming pool, in a car lot, or on a sidewalk, if another party failed to keep you safe, we can help you build a compensation case.
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We Will Fight For the Compensation You and Your Family Deserve
In a personal injury claim, proving liability is one half of the battle; negotiating for a fair settlement is the other. Therefore, if you receive a settlement offer from an insurance company, it is important to know the financial impact of your injuries. This provides a comparison point of what we think your claim is worth versus what an insurance company will offer.
A good settlement usually involves negotiating back and forth between these points until both parties agree. That being said, we always prepare each case as if it were going to court and will never advise you to accept anything less than you deserve.
Everyone we represent faces unique challenges, so there is no set dollar amount on the value of a specific injury. However, we usually pursue compensation on behalf of our clients in lieu of:
- The cost of your current and ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation
- Lost wages while you recover from your injuries
- Compensation if your injuries affect your ability to work
- Pain and suffering for the physical and emotional harm caused
- Loss of quality of life if your injuries affect your home, social life, and recreational activities
- Wrongful death
Examples of unsafe conditions and hazards in slip and fall accident claims:
There are many causes of slip and fall accidents; however, some of the more common scenarios we see relate to:
- Uneven flooring or steps
- Wet or waxed floors
- Obstacles cluttering walkways
- Trailing cables
- Missing or defective handrails
- Poor lighting
- Falling merchandise
- Loose rugs or mats
- Torn or bulging carpets
- Potholes in parking lots or on sidewalks
- Ice or snow on sidewalks
- Inappropriate floor surfaces
- Failure to warn of hazards
- Failure to address a hazard
- Failure to conduct appropriate risk assessments in the workplace
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Georgia Statues That Limit the Time You Have To File a Case
Timing is another important factor in slip and fall cases. Like all states, Georgia has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases. Per O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, injured people have two years from the date of the accident to begin legal actions. The same timeframe applies to families who wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent party after losing a loved one.
Find Out If You Can Make a Slip and Fall Injury Claim Today
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we take pride in maintaining a high level of client satisfaction by striving for legal excellence for everyone we represent. To give you an idea of what we can do, here is a sample of some of our more notable settlements, including slip and fall accidents (premises liability):
- $300,000 settlement for premises liability
- $5.25m for a personal injury and workers’ compensation
- $400,000 settlement for workers’ compensation involving wrongful death
As our case results show, our attorneys have considerable success in handling cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a slip and fall accident, we can help you, too.