If you suffer an injury after falling, our Atlanta slip-and-fall lawyers are ready to help. Thousands of slip-and-fall injuries each year result in life-altering problems for the victim. If your fall occurred because of the negligence of a property owner, you may have a case to seek compensation for your injuries.
Most people have slipped and fallen at some time. Thankfully, many times you are able to dust yourself off and move on with your day (maybe even chuckling at your clumsiness in the process). Other times, though, a slip-and-fall accident can lead to broken bones, head injuries, and other injuries that could leave you with lingering pain and suffering.
These incidents aren’t always a result of innocent clumsiness. Negligence on the part of a property owner can create situations where a trip-and-fall accident becomes unavoidable. People need to understand their rights when it comes to these types of accidents and injuries on another party’s property.
At The Stoddard Firm, our slip-and-fall attorneys handle these kinds of cases on a regular basis. Our experienced legal team is here to fight for your right to receive the settlement you deserve. Schedule a free consultation with us today by calling 470-467-2200.
Why You Should Choose The Stoddard Firm
After suffering an injury in a slip-and-fall accident that was not your fault, it can feel like no one is on your side. An insurance adjuster handling your case may try to convince you that he or she is working on your behalf. But this is not the case.
Insurance companies attempt to maximize their profits by limiting the payouts they have to make to victims. So even though you may have suffered a number of injuries, the insurer might not treat you with the respect you deserve. This can be extremely frustrating, as you simply want to win a fair judgment as quickly as possible.
Our Slip-and-Fall Lawyers Provide Compassionate and Professional Representation
You deserve to have someone who is on your side and is working only for you. Our team will provide the advice you need to make informed decisions about how to proceed with your case. Understand that the final decision on how we proceed and on whether to accept a settlement amount always rests with you.
Don’t feel like you have to go through this process alone. When you choose to hire us, we will stand by your side from the beginning of the case to the end. We do not let a bullying insurer intimidate us. We take pride in our ability to prepare for all eventualities in slip-and-fall cases, giving us the edge.
For a free review of your case, please call our Atlanta slip-and-fall lawyer at The Stoddard Firm as soon as possible at 470-467-2200. Georgia state law gives victims up to two years to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. However, we recommend that you contact us as early as possible to start the process. This will allow us to perform the most thorough investigation.
Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Injury-causing slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents usually fit into two categories. Some are simply accidents that no one anticipated, leaving no chance at prevention. These most frequently will occur at your home to you or a family member.
Other times, these accidents occur on another person’s property, leading to injuries for you. If the other person failed to warn you of a hazard or failed to fix a hazard in a reasonable amount of time, this is a potential case of negligence. That’s where our slip-and-fall injury attorneys can take a role in the case. We want to help you receive the judgment you deserve.
Some of the most common types of slip-and-fall accidents where negligence is a possibility include:
Slippery floors inside a business
Wet or icy entryways to a building
Boxes or debris in an aisleway at a business
Broken retaining walls
Holes in flooring
The property owner should have taken care of these conditions to keep visitors to the area safe. Our slip-and-fall law firm knows how to study the facts in your case to determine when one of these conditions rises to the level of negligence.
Common Locations of Slip-and-Fall Accidents
When a slip-and-fall accident happens at a business, the property owner could be liable. For example, grocery stores sometimes have wet floors after a spill or melted ice from a broken freezer compartment, leading to a slip. In a case like this, the store owner should have cleaned up the spill or should have placed a sign near it to warn visitors.
At an arena parking lot, the property owner needs to install adequate lighting in the lot. People using the parking lot at night need to be able to see where they are walking to avoid possible slipping hazards. A burned out light could be a sign of negligence.
At an outdoor mall or city park, the property owner needs to ensure that all stairways, railings, and sidewalks are in working order. Any broken items in these areas that could result in a tripping hazard require immediate fixing to protect guests on the property.
Frequent Defendants in Slip-and-Fall Cases
Our slip-and-fall attorneys in Atlanta have seen cases that frequently involve certain defendants in the Atlanta area. Some of the most common defendants in our service area include grocery stores, apartment complexes, cities, MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), and the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport.
The City of Atlanta frequently finds itself as a defendant in trip-and-fall cases. Cities have a responsibility to properly maintain the sidewalks on public property. The quality of a sidewalk must match what’s required in city of Atlanta statutes, both for private property owners and for the city’s public property.
However, the city of Atlanta is a clear and frequent violator of this statute. For example, a Georgia Tech study found that cities like Atlanta have recently paid out millions in compensation for trip-and-fall injuries related to poorly maintained sidewalks. The Stoddard Firm has multiple wins for its clients in these types of cases.
MARTA and the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport are some other common defendants in the area in slip-and-fall cases. Our slip-and-fall law firm has multiple wins for our clients against these entities, too. With all of the foot traffic MARTA and Hartsfield Jackson Airport have, repairing fall hazards should be a bigger priority for their premises.
Types of Settlements Our Slip-and-Fall Injury Attorneys Can Win
When you choose to bring a lawsuit against a negligent property owner, you can win payment for a variety of items related to your injuries, including:
Emergency medical care bills
Bills for surgery
Ongoing hospital and doctor care
Physical therapy bills
A judgment for pain and suffering
Reimbursement for in-home heath care
You did not do anything wrong, and you should not have to pay these costs yourself. The negligent property owner’s insurance company should pay your bills. Our personal injury lawyer knows how to study the facts in the case to convince the insurer to give you the judgment you deserve. We want to help you win a settlement that reflects both short- and long-term issues you are facing.
Winning Compensation for Your Slip-and-Fall Injuries
Our slip-and-fall attorneys in Atlanta have seen a wide variety of injuries after this type of accident. Those who have suffered debilitating injuries that cause a significant change in their lives will have a greater chance of winning a large settlement than someone with minor injuries.
Should you hit your head after tripping on a broken sidewalk, for example, you could suffer a life-altering traumatic brain injury. A TBI may leave you unable to enjoy the same activities you did before the accident. You also may be unable to continue to work. Our brain injury lawyer will fight to help you win a judgment that reflects the changes to your personal life and professional life.
Multiple other types of injuries are possible after falling, including:
Even if you believe you suffered only a minor injury in the accident, you should always see a doctor. Only a medical professional can officially diagnose your injuries. Without a diagnosis and a plan for your recovery in hand, you cannot win a slip-and-fall lawsuit.
Call Our Atlanta Slip-and-Fall Lawyers for a Free Consultation
After you suffer an injury on someone else’s property, you may wonder if you have a case. Our slip-and-fall lawyer in Atlanta is ready to meet with you to discuss your situation. Contact us at 470-467-2200 for a free consultation today.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not require payment ahead of time to secure our services. If we do not win a settlement amount for you, we do not receive payment. Our fee comes from a percentage of the final award in the case.
Once you choose to hire us, we will represent you every step of the way. We will negotiate with the insurer for the negligent property owner, seeking a settlement that truly compensates you for your injuries. Should we be unable to reach a fair settlement through negotiations, we will be ready to go to trial to present your side of the case.
Tell us about your concern and request a free, no obligation, confidential legal consultation.
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