Georgia Slip and Fall Lawyers
Filing a Slip, Trip, and Fall Injury Claim
When Georgia property owners fail to maintain reasonably safe premises, they can be held liable for accidents, injuries, and damages that result from dangerous conditions on their properties. This includes slips, trips, and falls, which frequently lead to severe and even life-changing injuries.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our Georgia slip and fall lawyers can help you get back on your feet after a serious accident. We understand how serious these incidents can be, as well as the many effects they can have on your life. Because of this, we are aggressive when it comes to representing our clients’ rights and fighting for the maximum compensation they are owed.
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Is the Property Owner Always Responsible for a Slip and Fall Accident?
Under Georgia premises liability laws, property owners are often—but not always—liable for slip and fall accidents that occur on their properties.
To bring a successful slip and fall claim against a property owner, you must prove several things, including:
- Your Injuries: You must prove that you suffered injuries that led to measurable, compensable damages to have a slip and fall case. If you were not injured, or if you did not suffer any damages, you likely do not have a claim.
- Your Visitor Status: Your visitor status is related to your purpose for being on the property. If you were there for commercial purposes (i.e., as a customer), you would be considered an “invitee.” If you were there for your own purposes, you would be a “licensee,” and if you were on the property unlawfully, you are considered a “trespasser.”
- The Property Owner’s Duty of Care: In Georgia, property owners owe different types of visitors varying duties of care. For example, they owe invitees the greatest duty of care, licensees a lesser duty of care, and trespassers almost no duty of care.
- The Property Owner’s Breach of the Duty of Care: This most often involves demonstrating that the property owner knew about (or should have known about) a dangerous condition on the property yet failed to take reasonable steps to remove, repair, or warn you about it. It can also involve proving that the property owner failed to adequately maintain the premises.
- How the Breach of the Duty of Care Caused Your Injuries: This is known as “causation,” and it is one of the most important elements of your claim. You must prove that the property owner’s failure to maintain a reasonably safe premises was the proximate cause of your injuries.
Under the state’s rule of comparative negligence, you must also prove that, if you were partly at fault for the slip and fall accident, you were less than 50% at fault. If your degree of fault exceeds that of the other party, you cannot file a personal injury claim or receive compensation for your damages.
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Proving the existence of a dangerous property condition is critical to the success of your slip, trip, and fall claim. This is what establishes causation, meaning proof that the property owner’s negligent failure to maintain the property was the cause of your accident and resulting injuries.
Below are some examples of dangerous property conditions that frequently lead to slips, trips, and falls:
- Wet floors
- Slippery surfaces
- Standing water
- Waxed floors
- Loose floorboards
- Unsecured rugs or mats
- Torn carpeting
- Uneven floors
- Missing or broken handrails
- Property defects
- Potholes, asphalt cracks, etc.
- Wires, cords, and other tripping hazards
- Defective stairs or steps
- Insufficient lighting
- Improper or missing signage
- Missing safety guards
Property owners have a responsibility to regularly inspect their premises and ensure that they are free from various hazards that could cause foreseeable injury to others. If a property owner cannot realistically remove or repair a hazard, they must provide adequate warning to others.
If you believe that the property owner was negligent, and this is what led to your slip and fall accident, reach out to our team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm today. We can review the details of your case and help you pursue the maximum compensation you are owed for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, and more.
With decades of legal experience and a For Help with Your Slip and Fall Claim, Call Mike Slocumb Law Firm Todaylong track record of success, our Georgia slip and fall attorneys have what it takes to effectively protect your rights and fight for every penny you deserve. To date, our firm has recovered more than half a billion dollars in compensation for our clients, and we are prepared to use all of our resources and skills to aggressively pursue justice on your behalf.
We do not collect any attorney fees or litigation-related expenses unless/until we recover compensation on your behalf. There is no risk and no obligation in talking to our team about your case.
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