We Help People Injured Due to Negligence Get Compensation.

Most people have slipped and fallen at some point in time. Thankfully, you can often dust yourself off and move on with your day. Sometimes, though, a slip-and-fall accident can lead to broken bones, head injuries, and other serious harm.

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. If your fall occurred because of a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries through a premises liability claim.

At The Stoddard Firm, our slip-and-fall attorneys handle these kinds of cases regularly. We can advise you of your possible right to receive damages based on the facts of your accident.  Schedule a free consultation with us today by calling 470-467-2200.

Why You Should Choose the Stoddard Firm

Our Experienced Attorneys Work Hard to Maximize Settlements

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. When you choose us to take your case, we will stand beside you providing well-qualified representation as we seek to get you a maximum settlement. Visit our verdicts and settlements page to see some of the high-dollar results we have obtained. You can trust that our lawyers . . .

  • Understand Georgia law. Our firm’s founder Matthew Stoddard has practiced law in Atlanta for over 15 years.
  • Fight for our clients’ rights. We are aggressive but always professional in taking on the opposition.
  • Will treat you compassionately. We understand the emotional distress people suffer following a painful injury and will work with you with empathy and understanding.

You can also learn what previous clients think of our services by listening to these testimonials.

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When you choose our law firm you will receive experienced, client-focused, and responsive representation.

How Our Slip and Fall Attorneys in Atlanta Can Help You

We Make Life Easier by Taking Care of Everything

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it may seem as if your life is out of control. Your recovery can be painful and time consuming; simply getting through the day and managing your responsibilities can be a struggle. The idea of filing a lawsuit and managing the associated legal process can be too much to handle.

This is where we add value. The legal process is complicated; handling it correctly requires lots of time, experience with personal injury law, and knowledge of the local court system. These are three things that you probably don’t have . . . but we do.

Our Atlanta slip-and-fall lawyer will assume responsibility for the entire legal process, taking the stress and worry off your plate. Some of the individual actions that comprise our client-focused, full-service approach include:

  • Investigating: Our team will gather photos of the accident scene, accident reports, and any available videos. We will review witness statements and interview witnesses again if we feel it would be valuable. Finally, we will research past safety issues in the location where you were injured to see if there is any type of pattern.
  • Filing: The paperwork associated with slip-and-fall cases in Atlanta and the surrounding area is considerable. We will assume responsibility for completing it all appropriately and submitting it in a timely fashion.
  • Communicating: The number of phone calls and emails that go back and forth throughout a slip-and-fall case is staggering. We will communicate on your behalf, ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks. Our team knows what to say and what not to say to protect your best interests.
  • Calculating: Determining the totality of your damages is critical — you don’t want to omit anything. We will make sure to accurately account for all of your losses and costs, including those that may extend into the future.
  • Negotiating: Our goal is to settle your claim in the negotiations phase. Our slip-and-fall attorney is a skilled negotiator who can effectively approach the process.
  • Litigating: On those occasions where we cannot reach an acceptable settlement, we will not hesitate to litigate in court if that is within your wishes. In instances like this, we have access to expert witnesses should they be necessary to help prove your case.

In short, we handle every part of your case, from beginning to end. We are 100% on your side and share your goals for success.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Slip-and-Fall Cases

Our Slip-and-Fall Attorney in Atlanta Addresses Your Most Common Concerns

While we recognize that each case is unique, clients have many questions about the process. Below we address some of the most often raised concerns.

Do I need to engage a personal injury lawyer or can I handle my case myself?

The value of hiring a skilled lawyer is significant. These professionals understand the intricacies of the complex laws and can provide you the best opportunity to maximize your settlement.

How much do personal injury lawyers charge?

Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not require payment ahead of time to secure our services. We do not receive payment if we do not win a settlement amount for you. Our fee comes from a percentage of the final award in the case.

How long do I have to file my lawsuit?

For personal injury lawsuits in Georgia, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the injury, but there are sometimes exceptions making this period longer or shorter. It is wise to contact an attorney immediately after injury; it maximizes the time they have to prepare and build a strong case for you.

An insurance company representative contacted me to offer a settlement; what should I do?

Do not engage; simply refer that individual to your slip-and-fall lawyer. We know how to communicate without damaging your case and can also evaluate all offers on your behalf.

Will I have to testify in court?

Whether the case goes to trial is almost always your decision. We prepare every case for trial, but we are almost always offered a significant settlement sum. It is then your choice to accept that settlement or to take the case to trial and hope for a verdict that is larger than the settlement. If the case does go to trial, you will need to testify.

We hope you find this information helpful. That said, we recognize that you likely have more questions, including many that are specific to your case.  We will be happy to answer any questions when we meet with you.

Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Accidents Versus Negligence: Understanding the Difference

Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents that cause injury usually fit into one of two categories. Some are simply accidents that no one anticipated, leaving no chance of prevention. These most frequently will occur at home to you or a family member.

Other times, these accidents occur on another person’s property. If you were a legitimate visitor to a property and the owner or operator failed to warn you of a hazard or failed to fix a known hazard in a reasonable amount of time, this is a potential instance of negligence.

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 store aisles
  • Broken steps
  • Torn carpeting
  • Broken handrails
  • Broken retaining walls
  • Broken sidewalks
  • Holes in flooring
  • Uneven flooring
  • Insufficient lighting.

Property owners are responsible for rectifying dangerous conditions to keep visitors safe. Our slip-and-fall law firm knows how to study the facts in your case to determine if your accident rises to the level of negligence.

Locations of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

These are a few examples of locations where slip-and-fall accidents leading to legal claims may occur:

  • Grocery stores, which may have wet floors after spills. In a case like this, the store owner should have cleaned up the spill or placed a sign near it to warn visitors.
  • Arena parking lots that do not have adequate lighting for nighttime visitors. If a tripping accident happens because of burned out lights, this could be a sign of negligence.
  • Outdoor malls with broken stairways, stair railings, and sidewalks. Mall owners need to ensure these areas are in working order and, if they are not, fix them or provide warnings before guests are injured.

In addition to retail stores and other privately owned properties, 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 statutes, both for private property owners and for Atlanta’s public property. MARTA and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are some of the 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 public entities, as well as against private property owners.

Types of Settlements Our Slip-and-Fall Injury Attorneys Can Win

When you choose to bring a lawsuit against a negligent property owner, types of damages you may be able to claim include the following:

  • Emergency medical care bills
  • Surgical expenses
  • Prescription drug costs
  • Costs of ongoing hospital and doctor care
  • Physical therapy bills
  • Rehabilitation bills
  • Lost wages
  • A judgment for pain and suffering
  • Reimbursement for in-home health care.

You should not have to pay these costs out of your own pocket when your injuries were due to another party’s negligent actions or inactions. The negligent property owner’s insurance company should pay your bills.

Our Atlanta personal injury lawyer knows how to evaluate and prove the facts in these types of cases that convince insurers to provide fair settlements. We recognize that your injuries can impact you far into the future. Thus, we want to help you get a recovery that reflects both the short- and long-term issues you are facing.

Winning Compensation for Your Slip-and-Fall Injuries

Some Injuries are Life Changing

Our slip-and-fall attorneys in Atlanta have seen a wide variety of injuries after these types of accidents. 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.

That said, even minor injuries can result in costly medical care.

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:

  • Broken bones
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Torn ligaments
  • Facial trauma
  • Nerve damage.

Falls are especially dangerous for older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of five falls of people 65 years and older results in serious injury such as head injuries or broken bones.

Whatever your age, and even if you believe you suffered only a minor injury in the accident, you should always see a doctor for your own well-being. Your doctor’s records will also be crucial evidence in your slip-and-fall case.

The Stoddard Firm Can Help You

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. We understand what it takes to establish negligence and will review all of the elements of your accident and injuries to determine whether another party was at fault. If so, we will advise you about the steps for holding that party accountable, whether it is an individual, a business, or a government entity.

Call our law firm today to arrange a free consultation by dialing 470-467-2200.

Attorney Matt Stoddard

Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Matt StoddardMatt Stoddard is a professional, hardworking, ethical advocate. He routinely faces some of the nation’s largest companies and some of the world’s largest insurers – opponents who have virtually unlimited resources. In these circumstances, Mr. Stoddard is comfortable. Mr. Stoddard provides his strongest efforts to his clients, and he devotes the firm’s significant financial resources to presenting the strongest case possible on their behalf. Matt understands that his clients must put their trust in him. That trust creates an obligation for Matt to work tirelessly on their behalf, and Matt Stoddard does not take that obligation lightly. [ Attorney Bio ]

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