Bader Scott Injury Lawyers has offices all over the state, and we have experience in handling slip and fall cases. We know that you didn’t plan for this accident, and it’s stressful trying to handle everything on your own. We’re here to help. If you have suffered from injuries because of a fall, contact us today. Schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.
Common causes of slip and fall accidents:
Even though every slip and fall case is different, there are some similarities. Many of our clients have fallen because of:
- Poorly lit walkways
- Buildings that have code violations
- Wet floors in stores
- Boxes falling off shelves
Do I have a case?
In Georgia, you must prove that the property owner knew that they had a hazard. If you trip over the sidewalk in a poorly lit area, we would need to confirm that the property owner knew that the city was dangerous. We would also need to prove that they did nothing about it. These cases can be challenging, which is why you need an experienced slip and fall attorney.
How can a slip and fall attorney help me?
Slip and fall attorneys have decades of experience handling cases just like yours. When you hire an experienced attorney, you get to take advantage of all of their knowledge. If you settle with an insurance company, they are going to give you a smaller offer. Most insurance companies know what they are going to offer you before they have even talked to you. Victims of these accidents will take these low offers because they need the money. By hiring a skilled attorney, you’re almost guaranteeing a larger settlement.
Are there steps I can take to determine if I have a case?
Yes. If you slip in a public area, you are your best defense. Make sure that you:
- Take photos of the area
- Talk to the manager
- Get names and numbers of any witnesses
- Seek medical attention
- Contact an attorney
Try not to talk to too many people, as information can be used against you. For example, when an insurance company calls you they record your phone call. So, anything that you say on the phone can be used against you at a later date. Be careful whom you talk to and what you say.
What happens if I fell at a private residence?
It doesn’t matter where you fell; the law is still the same. Most of the time, the homeowner’s insurance will cover these cases. Make sure that you get the insurance information of the homeowner before you leave the residence. In these cases, we must prove that the homeowner was aware of the hazard and is liable for your injuries. For example, if you walk through a ditch in the yard during the day, that is your fault. However, if you trip over a concrete walkway because a floodlight is out, you could try to hold the owner liable. It depends on the details of your case, which is why you should speak to a lawyer.
I need money now. Do I have any options?
Sometimes, you can take advantage of “pre-suit” loans before your settlement. We strongly discourage anyone from getting these loans. They aren’t traditional lending. If you don’t win the suit, you don’t have to pay it back. However, the interest rate is higher if you do have to repay it.
Injuries from slip and fall accidents
When you fall, your body can have a hard impact with the ground or other surfaces. It is possible to suffer from severe injuries by just slipping on the concrete. Some of which include:
- Broken Bones: When you fall, the weight of your entire body can land the wrong way. It’s easy to land on a hand, wrist, or arm because you’re trying to catch yourself.
- Head injuries: If you can’t stop yourself from hitting the ground, you could slam your head into asphalt, concrete, or hard floors. This could result in a concussion or a traumatic brain injury.
The older you get, the more dangerous these injuries will be. It’s essential to try to pay attention to your surroundings to avoid these accidents as much as possible.
Hire a slip and fall lawyer you can trust
We know that healing from injuries can be difficult, but a settlement can help. We want to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today!