Montlick and Associates Discuss Proving a Georgia Slip and Fall Case
Individuals slip and fall on a regular basis and suffer serious injuries as a result. Although there are times when the slip and fall was an accident that could not be prevented, in many cases, the debilitating pain could have been avoided if someone had not been negligent. The extent of the harm can vary tremendously, whether the slip and fall occurred in a grocery store, at a gas station, in a department store, or even at a friend or family member's home. Regardless of where a slip and fall injury occurs, there is always the possibility that negligent conduct is the underlying cause of an individual's injuries.
Many people believe that slip and fall lawsuits are frivolous and only pursued for monetary gain. Despite the rhetoric circulated by insurance companies, most slip and fall cases have merit and are necessary to get the compensation that a person needs to pay for the medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering caused from the fall. An experienced Georgia personal injury attorney can evaluate your potential slip and fall case to determine if you should be entitled to compensation as a result of another's negligent conduct.
Establishing Fault in a Slip and Fall Case
In order to prove that another person or party negligently caused you to slip and fall and suffer injuries as a result, you must directly link the negligent party's conduct to your particular injuries. Examples include the following:
- The owner, agent, or employee of the building or premises where the slip and fall occurred actually caused the conditions that led to the slip and fall, such as knowingly or negligently leaving standing liquid on the floor, having torn edges on the carpet or flooring that make for an uneven surface, and untreated icy surfaces, among other examples; or
- The owner, agent, or employee knew or should have known that dangerous conditions existed that could cause an individual to slip and fall and become injured and, in turn, did not take the necessary steps to cure the defect.
If the owner, agent, or employee of the premises was aware of certain conditions that could cause slip and fall injuries and failed to take any steps to make the conditions safe, an injured plaintiff likely can establish fault. Further, even if the owner, agent, or employee of the premises were not aware of the dangerous conditions, if a reasonable owner, agent, or employee would have been aware of the dangerous conditions in the same or similar circumstances, then an injured plaintiff can demonstrate liability. This is called the "reasonable person standard" and is used to measure if any particular person or party has acted negligently.
Why You Need a Skilled Georgia Personal Injury Attorney by Your Side
Not all slip and fall cases are easy. It takes the thorough evaluation and diligence of an knowledgeable Georgia personal injury attorney to connect the dots and link a negligent party's conduct to your injuries. Slip and fall cases are much easier when there is documentation that an injury actually occurred. For example, if there are store security cameras and eye witnesses to verify that a slip and fall occurred and the injury resulted because of dangerous conditions on the premises, then the case has a greater likelihood of success. Therefore, if you or a loved one has been injured from a slip and fall accident, the sooner you are able to speak with a Georgia personal injury attorney, the sooner your potential case can be investigated and, hopefully, resolved in you favor.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Assisting Injured Slip and Fall Accident Victims Across the State
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident, contact the Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our dedicated law firm provides professional assistance to accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We have over 38 years of experience and strive to provide you with the exceptional representation you need to mount your strongest case. 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.