Part I - Frequently Asked Questions About Slip and Falls in Georgia


December 11, 2015

Every day, we talk to people injured in slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accident victims often enter our firm stressed and confused as to their legal rights. These accidents are often complex and will involve difficult issues of liability and damages. Our experienced slip and fall attorneys are here to help you find the answers. We have listed some of the questions most commonly asked by accident victims to provide you with some initial information. For assistance with your unique case, contact our office as soon as possible.

Where do slip and falls often occur?

Slip and fall accidents can happen nearly anywhere, but some locations are notoriously prone to these accidents. Common sites of slip and falls include sidewalks, parking lots, walkways, shopping malls, grocery stores, and other retail locations. Often, when people fall, they assume it was their fault. Generally, this is not the case. Business owners, homeowners, and landlords all have certain responsibilities to maintain their property in safe condition, which includes correcting any slip and fall hazards.

What are the most common causes of slip and falls?

Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

• Snow and ice
• Inadequate lighting
• Potholes and other defects in the pavement
• Torn carpeting
• Misplaced items
• Broken handrails
• Spilled food and drinks
• Concealed holes in the ground
• Electrical cords or wires in walk areas

What should I do if I am injured in a slip and fall accident?

If you have been injured in a slip and fall, it is important that you take immediate action. Follow the steps below to help protect your legal rights:

  1. Seek medical assistance: Your health is your immediate concern. Seek medical attention immediately following the accident. This will also ensure your injuries are documented by a medical professional.
  2. Report the accident: No matter where you fell, you will need to report the fall to an appropriate party. This could include the owner, manager, or landlord. Be sure to keep a copy of the report.
  3. Take photos: Document the location of your fall by taking pictures of the condition that lead to the fall, which could include ice, railings, stairs, or more. Try to take pictures as soon as possible after the fall because evidence and conditions can disappear.
  4. Call an attorney: Contact a licensed slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible after your fall. Your lawyer will assist you in gathering additional evidence, investigating the cause of your fall, and pursing your accident claim.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 30 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!

If you or a loved one is injured in a slip and fall accident due to suspected negligence, contact the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our law firm is dedicated to assisting injured victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 30 years of experience to your premises liability case, striving to provide you with the exceptional representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source:
http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-51/chapter-3/article-1/51-3-1

Category: Personal Injury

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.