At grocery stores, supermarkets, retailers, and other stores, most people expect to be fairly safe on the premises. Business and store owners have a responsibility to their customers and those legally on their premises. When customers are injured because of a property owner’s failure to address hazards, the property owners can be held liable. If you’re a victim of such an injury, an Atlanta slip & fall lawyer can support you in filing a personal injury claim.
One of the most common injuries at retailers and stores is slip and falls. Have you or a loved one suffered injuries due to a slip and fall accident caused by someone else’s negligence? Are you facing medical bills, pain, and lost wages as a result of an unsafe property condition? When life throws you an unexpected slip and fall, you need a legal team that will fight to protect your rights and get the compensation you and your loved ones deserve.
Unfortunately, big box retailers and large corporations do not always treat customers with the care and responsibility they should. Hazards like spills or unsecured objects can result in serious injury to customers. When owners and merchants knew of the hazards or should have taken reasonable measures to avoid the hazards, they could be liable for your injuries from a slip and fall accident.
At Nichols Injury Law, we understand the physical and emotional toll a slip and fall accident can take on your life. Our team of dedicated slip and fall experts, led by Attorney Titus Nichols, is here to support you through this difficult time and guide you through the legal process. If you have been injured at a retailer or commercial store chain, our team can help represent you against these companies and their lawyers. With a proven track record of success, we are committed to holding negligent property owners and entities accountable for their actions.
At Nichols Injury Law, we have worked for years to support Atlanta individuals in slip and fall and other premises liability claims. We are proud to represent our community.
There are multiple types of slip and fall cases. Each unique case has its own challenges and potential complications. By working with an attorney who has experience in your particular type of premises liability claim, you improve the chances of a claim succeeding. An experienced attorney will know more about applicable state and federal laws, as well as the expected compensation for the injury you have suffered. At Nichols Injury Law, we are experienced with the following:
When property owners don’t address these hazards properly, they are legally and financially responsible for the harm caused.
Don’t bear the burden of a slip and fall accident alone. Our experienced slip and fall lawyers are ready to stand by your side, fight for your rights, and seek the justice you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case, and let us start the process of holding negligent parties accountable for their actions.
Slip and fall accidents fall under Georgia’s premises liability laws. Under these laws, a property owner is responsible for customers and visitors to their property, whether that property is public or private.
Customers and others who are legally on the property should be able to hold reasonable safety expectations. However, property owners do not owe reasonable safety expectations to every person on their property. When someone is trespassing illegally on the property, the owner does not owe them a duty of care. If they are injured on the property, a personal injury claim is unlikely to be valid.
When you or a loved one is injured or killed because of a hazard left by a negligent property owner, you could file a slip and fall or other premises liability claim.
Simply being injured or falling in a public location is not sufficient to obtain damages through a personal injury claim. In order to hold a property owner liable, their negligence must have directly led to the accident. As the filing party, you have the burden of proof to show that they were negligent and at fault. To hold the property owner liable, you must prove the following elements:
It can often be difficult to prove these elements, particularly proving that the owner knew or should have known a hazard existed. An experienced Georgia personal injury attorney is the most effective asset to investigate and find evidence of each of these elements.
There are several causes of slip and fall accidents on public properties and commercial stores. These include:
Remember, time is of the essence. The sooner you act, the stronger your case can be.
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Some individuals believe that slip and fall accidents are not serious. Although this can sometimes be true, slip and fall accidents can result in severe and catastrophic injuries. Even falls of a few feet can cause severe damage. Some common injuries in slip and fall claims include:
Some of these injuries can be debilitating or disabling for the rest of an individual’s life or lead to death. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to receive medical care as soon as possible. This is crucial both for your personal well-being and to provide the necessary documentation for a claim.
Even if you don’t believe that you suffered an injury, it may be in your interest to receive medical care. Injuries like traumatic brain injuries may not show immediate symptoms, and a professional will know how to look for an injury.
Most slip and fall hazards can be prevented or cured through the owner’s exercise of ordinary prudence and care. Still, to guard yourself when out in public or visiting someone else’s property, it’s helpful to understand how these accidents tend to happen.
Being aware of the potential dangers on others’ property can help you avoid harm, but this is not always in your control.
An insurance company’s main priority is often to limit their liability. Insurance companies for large corporations will have significant resources to fight for this priority. A common tactic is to blame the injured party. When you are negotiating a claim, there are several common excuses that a provider may use. The defendant and its insurance company are likely to argue that:
Don’t make the mistake of trying to fight an insurance company by yourself. Likewise, don’t agree to their settlement terms without talking to an attorney first. Call our Georgia slip and fall attorneys as soon as possible.
Georgia has modified comparative negligence laws, which means you could still be partially responsible for the accident and claim damages. The defendant and insurance provider may try to claim that you acted negligently or were not paying attention to your surroundings. The court will determine the percentage liability held by the property owner and by you.
If the court determines you to be less than 50% responsible for the accident, you can still claim partial damages. The final settlement amount you receive will be reduced by the same percentage that you are considered at fault.
However, if you are determined to be 50% or more responsible, you cannot recover compensation. It is important to have an attorney by your side who can properly investigate fault in the incident.
An unsafe premises liability settlement or verdict can help a person recover the money necessary for medical bills, lost income, and other expenses. As an injured party harmed by someone’s negligence, you have the legal right to recover all damages directly caused by the accident, both economic and non-economic. These could also include pain and suffering, lost future income, and future medical complications. Whether a settlement or verdict at trial, Nichols Law will always fight for the maximum recovery available under the law.
Dealing with a personal injury suffered in a store or public location can be frustrating. At Nichols Injury Law, we understand the emotional strain that only worsens with physical pain and financial stress. Let us give you the legal support you need to resolve your premises liability claim. Contact our team today.