Slip and Fall Attorneys Serving South Georgia
Slip and falls are the second leading cause of injuries in the United States. They account for an estimated 16,000 deaths each year, and many more serious injuries. Oftentimes, these injuries and deaths are caused by a dangerous or hazardous condition on a business or person’s property. An injury or death from a fall that is caused by a dangerous condition on another’s property may entitle the victim or victim’s family to compensation.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
The majority of falls occur due to dangerous conditions and hazards on business or personal property, including:
- Poor design that does not meet state code requirements
- Structural defects
- Inadequate lighting
- Improper maintenance
- Slippery surfaces and substances
- Non-obvious obstacles or obstructions
- Weather created hazards
- Inadequate cleaning policies
Who is Responsible for the Slip and Fall?
In many cases, the property or business owner is responsible for injuries resulting from a slip and fall. However, there may also be other responsible parties, such as a company who provides a service to the facility (i.e. janitorial services or property management). More importantly, there may be multiple insurance policies that pay benefits to a person injured on the premises.
The slip and fall attorneys at the Studstill Firm, LLP will thoroughly investigate the incident and uncover all relevant facts and information to determine who is at fault. We have experts that we regularly consult with on premises cases who can determine whether there was a code violation or some other violation that caused the incident. Then we will aggressively pursue your claim to obtain the full cash value for your injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.
Difference Between Slip and Fall & Trip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents typically occur in one of two ways. The first scenario is where the front foot slips forward, causing a person to fall backward. The second scenario is where the rear foot slips backward, causing a person to fall forward.
The trip and fall occurs when a person’s foot comes into contact with an obstacle, such as an object sticking up out of the ground, or something left in a walkway that should not be there. (e.g. mop bucket)
Hiring a Premises Liability Attorney
Victims of slip and fall accidents in grocery stores or other commercial properties frequently question whether or not they should contact an attorney about their case. Oftentimes, they believe that they were simply the victim of an accident and no one was at fault. Or they believe they should have been more careful.
In reality, slip and falls are frequently the result of a property owner’s failure to take reasonable steps to ensure visitors are safe. This can include failure to monitor aisles for spills, or sidewalks for damage. When this happens, injury victims are entitled to compensation.
Almost immediately after the slip and fall occurs, the injured person is likely to receive phone calls from the insurance company’s adjusters or lawyers. They will try to get a statement from the injured person and may be recording the conversation. What the insurance company is trying to do is get information from the victim that can be used against them later, and minimize the amount of compensation the insurance company is forced to pay.
Before you talk to an insurance company, be sure to consult with an experienced Georgia slip and fall lawyer at the Studstill Firm, LLP. Initial consultations are free and all of our slip and fall or trip and fall accident cases are handled on a contingent fee. This means that we only get paid a portion of the recovery if we are successful in obtaining compensation.
We handle cases in Thomasville, Moultrie, Waycross, Valdosta, and anywhere across the state of Georgia. Home and hospital visits are available for those who are unable to come to one of our convenient South GA law offices. Please call our firm today at (229) 247-2299.