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Atlanta Slip and Fall Attorneys

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You should never have to pay the ultimate price for someone else’s negligence. With over 39 years of experience, Montlick knows how to pursue justice for your injuries, your family, and your future.

People who own apartment buildings, stores, and other public properties must ensure their visitors leave the premises safe from harm. When they fail to honor basic safety standards, the consequences can be devastating. You’re here because someone else’s irresponsibility has disrupted your health and happiness. Your medical bills are piling up, and your emotional and physical pain leaves you unsure when you’ll be able to return to life as you knew it. Fortunately, there’s a way to move forward. During life’s most trying times, Montlick puts you first.

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Montlick has been handling premises liability claims in Atlanta, Georgia for decades. In our tenure, we’ve learned how quickly evidence disappears–and the steps you need to take to protect it. Camera footage can be erased, witnesses may move out of the state, and negligent employees of property owners can change jobs. Immediate preservation of evidence in slip and falls is critical.

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Slip Trip and Fall Injury Attorneys in Atlanta

It’s More Than a Slip-and-Fall Case. It’s Your Life.

One second, you’re going about your daily routine, strolling through a parking lot, apartment building, or grocery store. A millisecond later, you’re on the floor suffering from extreme pain, shock, and confusion. Questions run through your mind: What happened? How will this impact my life? Do I have to go to the hospital? Can I afford medical care?

We all know that embarrassing feeling of falling or tripping over our feet. Most of the time, a trip or slip is a minor event that leads to a skinned knee or some bruises–nothing too serious. It’s easy to forget that everyday slips and falls lead to severe injuries in the United States. In fact, over one million hospital visits result from slip and fall injuries annually. Sometimes a slip and fall is a freak accident with no obvious instigator. However, when a slip and fall happens due to a hazardous condition on someone’s property, the injured can take legal action to recover compensation.

Atlanta Slip and Fall Accident Injury Lawyers

Who Is Liable: Understanding Duty of Care Owed By Property Owners

At a Glance

Types of Visitors

〉Invitee (business patron)

〉Licensee (social guests)

〉Trespasser (without permission)

Premises liability law imposes varying degrees of responsibility on property owners to make their property safe or warn of hazards on the property based on a number of factors, including the relationship between the parties, the visitor’s purpose, the type of hazard and other factors.

In some situations, the property owner has an obligation to conduct reasonable inspections of the property in other situations no such obligation applies. The issues involved in slip and fall cases require intensive factual analysis so it is important to work with an experienced Atlanta slip and fall attorney. Montlick’s Atlanta slip and fall attorneys have been representing those injured in falls throughout Georgia since we were founded in 1984. An important inquiry in determining the amount of care owed by an Atlanta property owner involves a determination of the purpose for one’s visit to the property of another.

Invitee: When a customer enters a store or restaurant, the law classifies them as an invitee, which means essentially that they are present for the mutual benefit of both the business and the patron. This characterization means that a business owner has an obligation to keep the premises reasonably safe from dangerous conditions including a foreign substance like spilled food, detergent, soda, water or a flaw in the flooring like a cracked tile. Invitees may include members of public service organizations attending meetings, contractors doing work on the premises, customers seeking to purchase products and services or other similar mutually beneficial relationships. Invitees are entitled to the highest standard of protection under the law. This duty includes conducting reasonable inspections and maintenance to discover and make safe hazards on the premises.

Licensee: A licensee is essentially a social guest, such as a friend who visits a neighbor. A door-to-door solicitor would also typically be considered a licensee. Property owners owe an intermediate duty of care to protect licensees who come on their property not to expose them wantonly and recklessly to non-obvious perils.

Trespassers/Attractive Nuisance: Those who enter your property for their own purpose and without express or implied permission generally are owed the lowest duty of care. A property owner only has an obligation not to wantonly and recklessly injure a trespasser. This essentially means that you have a legal obligation not to set traps designed to injure trespassers. There is one significant exception to the general rule that property owners do not owe a significant duty of care to trespassers, which applies to children who trespass. The attractive nuisance doctrine imposes a duty on property owners similar to that owed to invitees to protect children from artificial (man-made) hazards that are likely to attract child trespassers. The rationale behind this exception is that children may lack the experience and judgment to fully appreciate the risk posed by certain types of hazards. The classic example of an attractive nuisance is a swimming pool.

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Evidence is Essential for Slip & Fall Injury Claims

Insurance companies for grocery stores and other businesses often defend slip and fall cases by claiming that the accident victim is responsible for his/her own injuries. The open and obvious doctrine is a defense used in many slip and fall cases, which essentially provides that when a visitor is on the property of another the visitor has an obligation to avoid hazards that are readily apparent. If you are shopping in Costco and a large pallet of merchandise is in the middle of the aisle, the insurance company will argue that the hazard was so obvious you had an obligation to avoid tripping over it.

Successful slip and fall cases require a careful analysis of the factual circumstance of a fall. Our experienced Atlanta slip and fall attorneys at Montlick may analyze the following types of evidence:

  • Store accident report
  • Video surveillance footage
  • Warnings or barriers
  • Visual inspection of the accident location
  • Witness reports regarding the incident and duration that hazard was present
  • Adequacy of lighting
  • Past reports of accidents from the same hazard

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The Fall Was Partially My Fault. Can I Still Recover Compensation?

Slip and fall cases can be complex. Maybe a slippery floor was the primary cause of the accident, but you were rushing and running and that was why you did not notice the state of the floor. Even further, your speed contributed to the severity of your injuries.
Fortunately, in Georgia, if you were part of the cause of your own injuries, you can still recover compensation as long as a court finds you to be less than 50% at fault. This is because Georgia practices a modified form of what is called “comparative negligence.” Under the modified comparative negligence doctrine, an injured person who is 20% responsible for his or her injuries can still collect 80% of the damages. In a claim worth $100,000, this would mean you could collect $80,000 from the property owner. However, if you are 50% or more liable for your own injury, you cannot collect anything under Georgia law.

Your Questions Answered

Atlanta Slip-and-Fall FAQs

Does a property owner have to take security precautions?
An owner of a private residence is not required to take security measures to protect a social guest who visits their property.
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Can a property owner be liable for injuries that result from natural conditions like an icy driveway in front of a business?
A property owner can be liable for such conditions just as they can for man-made conditions.
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Can the property owner say the accident was my fault because I was not paying attention?
Even if you were not paying attention, this will typically only result in a reduction in the amount you recover.
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What should I do if I’m injured because I slip and fall in a store?
You should seek medical assistance for your injuries and file an accident report with the manager of the store.
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