Slip and Fall
One of the most common causes of injuries–and one of the most common causes of fatalities amongst the elderly–is a slip and fall accident. Slip and falls can affect young and old alike, feeble and strong, and can happen in the blink of an eye.
At the Law Office of Rick J. DeMedeiros, P.C., we have represented many slip and fall victims throughout north Georgia and the metro Atlanta area. If you have suffered a serious slip and fall and need help recovering compensation, call our law firm today for your free consultation.
How Slip and Fall Accidents Happen
Slip and fall accidents usually happen when hazardous conditions are present that make walking dangerous. Examples of conditions on a property that increase the risk of a slip and fall include:
- Broken stairs;
- Uneven walking surfaces;
- Torn carpet;
- Lack of handrails;
- Defective elevators/escalators;
- Spills of food, drink, or other substances;
- Objects and debris in walkways;
- Loose wires; and
- Falling objects.
These situations and hazards are all preventable.
Liability for a North Georgia Slip and Fall Accident
In Georgia, property owners have a responsibility to maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition. If a property is not kept in a reasonably safe condition or a hazard exists that is not repaired within a reasonable amount of time and an injury results, the property owner can be held liable for the victim’s damages. In order to recover compensation for your losses, you will need to prove:
- You were on the property legally at the time of your slip and fall (the only duty owed to trespassers is to refrain from willful and wanton harm);
- A dangerous condition existed on the property;
- The property owner knew or should have known of the condition and failed to remedy it in a reasonable amount of time;
- The dangerous condition was the direct cause of your slip and fall; and
- You suffered damages as a result, such as medical bills, pain, lost wages, and more.
Filing a Slip and Fall Claim
If you are harmed on another’s property as a result of a slip and fall accident, you have the right to pursue damages. However, this right is forfeited if you do not bring forth your claim within a certain amount of time. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for filing a slip and fall lawsuit is two years from the date of injury, as found in Georgia Code Section 9-3-3. Hiring a north Georgia slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible after your accident is important for protecting your right to damages.
Our Metro Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys Advocate for You
To learn more about filing a slip and fall claim, and to initiate the process today, call our metro Atlanta personal injury lawyers for a free consultation now. You can reach us by phone, online, or visit our office in person. We work on a contingency fee basis, and will never charge you if you don’t recover a settlement.