Slip and fall accidents are not minor inconveniences that you can walk away from with just a little embarrassment. These accidents can cause severe injuries, chronic pain, and even permanent disability. Proving the property owner is responsible can be complicated.
But you can rest assured that you are in good hands when you hire a Fairburn personal injury lawyer at Wade Law. Our firm has recovered over $10 million for clients across Georgia. Contact us today to get started on your case.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Although the accepted term is “slip and fall,” many of our clients suffered severe injuries due to:
- Uneven floors
- Debris on outdoor and indoor surfaces
- Loose carpeting
- Missing or damaged handrails
- Poor lighting
- Loose cables on the floor.
In fact, any kind of unsafe condition on someone’s indoor or outdoor property that causes an accident resulting in injuries can be classified as a slip and fall accident.
The Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries
A slip and fall accident can cause a wide range of injuries, such as:
- Lacerations, cuts and bruises
- Ankle and wrist sprains
- Bone fractures
- Hip fractures
- Shoulder dislocation
- Back and spine injuries
- Neck and head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries.
Older adults are more at risk of suffering severe injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 300,000 adults over 65 in the US are hospitalized with hip fractures each year. And, in 95% of the cases, a fall was the cause of their injury.
Who Pays for Your Damages After a Slip and Fall?
In the majority of cases we handle, we find the property owner liable for our client’s damages. Georgia law states that property owners have a duty to maintain their premises safe for invitees.
If the property owner doesn’t deal with a hazard or warn visitors, he or she can be held responsible. If you had a legitimate reason to be present on the property, your Fairburn personal injury attorney will file your claim against the insurance policy of the owner or administrator of the property.
Steps to Take after a Slip and Fall Accident
It is important to remember that the victim has the burden of proof in a slip and fall accident claim. Your lawyer will need evidence to prove:
- The property owner knew or should have known about the hazardous condition
- You suffered the accident due to the hazardous condition
- The accident resulted in injuries and economic damages.
Thus, you need to do the following after a slip and fall:
- Notify the owner or administrator of the property about your accident
- Take photos and videos of the area where the accident happened
- Seek medical care as soon as possible
- Keep all the bills and receipts for expenses related to your accident
- Do not negotiate on your own with an insurance adjuster
- Contact an experienced lawyer.
What Kind of Damages Can You Recover?
Slip and fall injuries may set you back thousands of dollars in terms of medical care costs and lost wages. Also, the accident itself will have a negative impact on your emotional well-being. Many people suffer a lot of pain and are left with recurring nightmares after their accident.
Thus, an experienced lawyer will seek damages for:
- Hospital bills
- Treatments and prescription medication costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Mental anguish.
If you suffered severe injuries which result in permanent impairment or disability, the attorney will also factor in damages for:
- Loss of future earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Cost with assistive devices: wheelchair or walking frame
- Costs with nursing care or assistance with daily activities.
Talk to an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer!
At Wade Law, your case will be handled by a dedicated and experienced attorney. Our team has a combined experience of over 70 in a wide range of personal injury cases. We are not afraid to hold big corporations accountable if your accident took place in a Big Box retail store.
Once we determine that you have a valid case, we will fight on your behalf for the full compensation you deserve. You don’t have to worry about out-of-pocket legal costs. You pay no fees unless we win.
New clients benefit from a free case review, so call us now at 770-282-1188 to set up a consultation!