Slip & Fall Accident Attorney in Forsyth County
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Slip and fall accidents happen all the time and occur just about everywhere, from sidewalks to playgrounds to restaurants and amusement parks. While many people associate slip and fall accidents with minor injuries like bruises and sprains or fractures, many accidents can result in serious injuries and sometimes fatalities, and sometimes, there is a person who can be blamed for it. Property owners have a responsibility to keep their land and buildings safe and free of hazards for guests, visitors, residents, and more. If they are found to have failed this responsibility, they can be held liable for damages you may have accrued from your injuries. Whether you’re at home or in the hospital, our slip and fall accident attorney in Forsyth County can go to you. The Musgrove Law Firm works on behalf of everyday clients in their time of need. Your future is important to us – allow us to pave the way through trusted and proven legal representation.
Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents
An individual may be eligible to seek damages for a slip and fall accident when they fall and are injured as a result of dangerous conditions that a property owner should have been aware of and/or have fixed.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slip and fall accidents account for nearly 15% of all accidental deaths in the United States. A property owner doesn’t need to intentionally make their property dangerous to be held responsible for damages – often, property owners are not aware of the hazard in question. This doesn’t mean they’re exempt from liability, however.
A few common hazards that can cause slip and falls include:
- Surface conditions, including potholes, icy roads, loose rugs, torn carpeting recently mopped or waxed floors, uneven surfaces that lack warning signs, spilled liquids that haven’t been cleaned up, oil or grease that hasn’t been removed, and more
- Ladders and stairs, which occur when there’s a lack of handrails or uneven/broken stairs, or when a ladder isn’t secured or another piece of furniture is used instead of a ladder
- Environmental conditions, including unsecured cords, poor lighting that can make paths and obstacles difficult to see, trash or debris on the floor, and open desks or drawers
- Certain occupations, including the construction industry, where worksites involve a lot of ladders, machinery, and debris, and the food industry, which involves a lot of spills that can create sticky or slippery floors
Injuries can range depending on the nature of the accident and can include sprains and fractures, broken bones, spinal cord and neck injuries, brain damage, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Many slip and fall accidents can be prevented by property owners by conducting daily checks and inspections to note any obstacles, wet surfaces, and poor lighting.
Because a slip and fall accident is a type of premises liability case, property owners are almost always responsible for injuries that occur on their property and in their buildings. As is the case with all premises liability cases, individuals must establish certain elements in order to win their case.
These elements, which are required in the state of Georgia, include:
- Duty: Individuals must prove that the property owner or manager in question has a responsibility to provide a standard of care for their guests or residents, of which the individual is one. You may not be eligible to seek compensation if you were trespassing illegally on someone’s property when you were injured.
- Breach of duty: You must be able to prove that the property owner in question failed to create a safe environment or didn’t warn properly of a hazard. One example is if a hotel elevator is broken and the manager failed to post signs warning guests to not use it.
- Causation: The injured victim must show that their fall was caused by something hazardous on the property or in the business. This is where having medical records, witness statements, and other evidence comes into play, and why it’s important to hire an attorney to build your case.
- Injury: You must show that your injuries and damages occurred because of the negligence in question. Damages include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Don’t hesitate to get started. Though it may be daunting to begin a personal injury claim, our team is well-versed on premises liability law and knows which steps you need to take to have a strong case.Call our Forsyth County slip and fall accident attorney for a free consultation at (470) 347-1515. We’re not afraid to go up against property owners and insurance companies to defend your rights to compensation.
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