Atlanta Slip and Fall Attorney
Slip and fall accidents are often portrayed in the media as minuscule injury cases which get blown out of proportion so that the injured party may recover undeserved damages. In reality, the majority of slip and fall cases which are brought in court have resulted in terrible injuries which would not have occurred but for the negligent behavior of the property owner in failing to keep the grounds or floor tidy. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to damages for your injuries. Contact our skilled Atlanta Slip and Fall Attorney today.
What Qualifies as Slip and Fall?
Slip and fall is a broad term that covers most accidents that occur at property locations as a result of the negligence of a property owner. These accidents occur when an average person believes that the area in which he or she is walking is safe and free of any obstacles, but the person instead trips over a hidden hazard. These accidents include:
- Slip on puddle of water
- Slip on icy stairwell
- Trip or slip due to item that was left on the ground
- Negligently placed wires
- Torn carpeting or uneven flooring
Slip and fall accidents can occur at any location, such as grocery stores, workplace, private residence, hotel, restaurant, and any other property. Older adults are usually at the most risk when it comes to slip and fall accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, slip and fall accidents of adults over 65 resulted in $34 billion in medical costs. Slip and fall accidents often occur when a walkway contains a hazard, such as a puddle of water that has not been cleaned up. Accidents can additionally occur when the property owner knows about a danger and does not convey this knowledge to guests on the property. While car accidents rank 1st for injuries in the United States, slip and fall accidents come in second. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to the actions or negligence of a property owner, our Atlanta slip and fall lawyer may be able to help.
Property Owner Responsibilities
As a property owner, you are held to a certain standard of care to ensure that your property is safe for guests to visit. Any hazardous conditions should be clearly marked and conveyed to guests on your property. Furthermore, any severe hazards should also be conveyed even to casual pedestrians or potential guests who may run the risk of extreme bodily injury due to an unforeseen hazard.
If an accident occurs due to the property owner’s negligence in ensuring the safety of the property, the property owner should be held responsible for any guest’s injuries. Guests on any property are afforded the highest level of protection under the law and therefore a property owner must ensure their safety at all times. This may be through signs that indicate a wet area or an unsteady piece of wood in the floor. Any type of alert to a guest will suffice as a property owner meeting their standard of care. However, if a hazard was simply ignored by the property owner and the hazard resulted in the injury, just like a dog bite or wrongful death claim, the property owner may be liable for the resulting injury.
Sutton T. Slover | Atlanta Slip and Fall Attorney
If you have been the victim of a slip and fall accident, do not hesitate to contact the office of Sutton T. Slover. Sutton T. Slover has years of experience in assisting injured clients receive the compensation they deserve for injuries received at a hazardous property. Slip and fall accidents are some of the easiest accidents to prevent, if only the property owner took the time to ensure their property was safe for all guests. Contact our office today for your initial free consultation.