Douglasville Slip and Fall Lawyer
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries and unintentional deaths in the United States. Slip and fall accidents are also one of the most common accidents leading to premises liability claims. These accidents are often the result of hazards, improper maintenance, or other negligence. Claims arising from slip and fall accidents often involve retail stores, hospitals, apartment complexes, and businesses. While these are some of the most popular properties involved in claims, a premises liability claim can arise from any property, including private property and residences.
Douglasville Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can often be prevented, and it is the responsibility of property owners to ensure that their properties are safe and free from hazards. Of course, anyone visiting any property has some degree of responsibility for taking reasonable care and being aware of their environment.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by a negligent property owner or manager, contact The Embry Law Firm today. Let us help you understand and protect your legal rights, and determine if you are eligible to file a premises liability claim.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are the common name for a series of accidents that involve tripping, slipping, or falling down. There are many situations that can lead to such an accident – some of which may surprise you. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Liquid spills on the floor
- Uneven pavement, steps, or floor level
- Icy or wet conditions
- Inadequate lighting
- Uneven, torn, or bunched carpeting
- Wires or cables left in the walkway
- Holes or gaps in concrete
- Unprotected heights (no railing or barrier)
- Cluttered walkways or hallways
- Defective tables, chairs, or other furnishings
- Improperly maintained stairs, railings, or flooring
When Property Owners are Responsible for Slip and Fall Accidents
As the list above suggests, many of the reasons why people slip, trip, or fall is due to improperly maintained or secured property. Property owners and managers have a responsibility to ensure that their properties are safe and free from hazards. That includes making sure that the property is cared for, that public areas are free from hazards, that maintenance is kept up-to-date, and that effort is made to correct known issues.
Property owners and managers must also warn visitors or customers of known dangers, such as posting warning signs or blocking off certain areas that may pose a risk. This may include installing a fence around a pothole or sinkhole, posting warning signs where there are leaks or broken flooring, or blocking off broken or damaged stairwells.
When property owners or managers fail to meet these responsibilities, they may be held liable for any accidents and injuries that occur. Like other areas of personal injury law, in premises liability cases, it is the burden of the plaintiff (victim) to prove that the property owner or manager was responsible. To do this, the victim must prove the following:
- That the property owner or manager (defendant) owed a duty of care
- That the defendant breached the duty
- That the breach caused the accident and injuries sustained
- That the injuries resulted in damages to the plaintiff.
In terms of a property owner owing a duty of care to a visitor, consider that the owner of a restaurant owes a duty of care to patrons. Similarly, the owner of an apartment complex owes a duty of care to tenants.
How a Douglasville Slip and Fall Lawyer Can Help
Georgia premises liability laws are constantly evolving. What makes these cases even more complex is the fact that every situation is so different. This is why it is so important that you work with an attorney who has an in depth knowledge of premises liability laws. Premises liability laws, in general, encompass far more than slip and fall injuries. It is important to have a working knowledge of those laws overall, as well as any laws that apply to slip and fall accidents specifically.
At The Embry Law Firm, we have helped many clients successfully resolve premises liability cases with a favorable result. Depending on the details of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for damages such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages or earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
If you have suffered a slip, trip, or fall accident and you believe that it could have – and should have – been prevented, contact our personal injury lawyer in Douglasville to find out if you have a premises liability case. We offer every client a free consultation, and will make every effort to get you the compensation you deserve. Call our office at 844-443-6279.