You may be surprised to find out serious a slip and fall accident can be. People who slip or trip and fall in Alpharetta frequently are treated for bone fractures, damaged joints, torn ligaments and head injuries. It’s not unusual to miss weeks of work or learn that you will need surgery or months of physical therapy. Treating a slip and fall injury is expensive, but you do not have to absorb the cost. You can get a full financial recovery from the people who caused your accident. You need to talk to an Alpharetta slip and fall lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we have a 20-year history of helping slip and fall accident victims get the money they need to move on with their lives. Ever since our founding, we have pursued one goal: to make sure that accident victims get a full financial recovery for their injuries. Our strategy has worked – we are now one of the largest and most well respected firms in Georgia. Our Alpharetta slip and fall lawyers offer a free consultation where we’ll discuss your case and your options. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
Do I have a slip and fall case?
After a fall, many people blame themselves. They feel embarrassed, or clumsy, and they tend to think the accident is their fault. Don’t fall into this trap. Chances are, you fell because of an obstacle, a hazard or an unsafe condition. Legally, this means that the person or business that created that condition caused your accident and is legally responsible. Never assume that you don’t have a case—you probably do.
We often handle slip and fall cases involving these types of hazards:
- Spilled drinks or other products
- Damaged or uneven sidewalks, driveways, parking lots or roads
- Unmarked steps
- Stairs without adequate railings
- Poorly-lit areas
- Windows or balconies without adequate safeguards
Georgia law refers to these types of claims as “premises liability” cases. People who own property have a legal duty to make sure their premises is safe for people who visit—including guests and customers. When property owners allow an unsafe condition, they are “negligent.” Negligence doesn’t mean a property owner meant to hurt you, it just means that they weren’t as careful as they should have been. When property owners are negligent, they (or their insurance company) must pay for all your injuries and costs.
What should I do after I slip and fall in Alpharetta?
If you are not injured badly enough to need immediate emergency medical attention, you can greatly help your case by documenting what happened. The property owner may act quickly to clear away the hazard that caused you to fall, so it’s helpful to gather some evidence right away.
- If you fell in a business, tell the owner or manager. Make sure you talk to the person in charge—not just a sales clerk. Emphasize that you were injured, and get a business card from the person you talked to.
- Take pictures or video. Be sure to photograph the spilled drink, pothole or other hazard that caused your fall. Also take pictures of the general scene and any visible injuries you suffered. Images can be much more persuasive than just a written statement.
- Talk to witnesses. People at the scene may have seen you fall, or they may have noticed the hazard before you fell. Find out what they saw and get their contact information.
- Go to the doctor. Even if you think your injuries will heal on their own, see a doctor. Many slip and fall injuries get worse, not better, over time. A doctor can give you a full diagnosis and get you started on treatment. Also, insurance companies like to claim that slip and fall victims are exaggerating their injuries. A prompt visit to a doctor shows that you knew your injury was serious right from the start.
Insurance companies want to make a profit, and that means they’ll avoid paying out on a claim if they can. This means you must be careful what you say. Never apologize for falling, and never say the accident was your fault. Any statements you make can be used against you later.
What if I fell at my friend’s house?
It doesn’t matter where you fell—you are still entitled to recover all your costs. Many people hesitate to make a claim when the fall happened at a friend, neighbor or relative’s house. Understandably, you don’t want to ruin a relationship or take someone you care about to court. But you aren’t making a claim against your friend personally. Your claim will be handled and paid by your friend’s homeowner’s insurance policy, and your friend won’t pay anything out of pocket. Your friend will probably be happy to see you get the care you need.
Is there a time limit for filing slip and fall claims in Alpharetta?
Yes, in the City of Alpharetta you have a limited amount of time to file your claim. The deadline, known as the “statute of limitations” is set by state law, and it can vary depending on the circumstances of your accident:
- Many accident victims must file a claim within two years
- But some people only have a matter of months to get a claim on file
If you file your claim after the deadline has expired, the local courts will probably dismiss your case and you will not have any right to recover money for your injuries. This means you should not wait to talk to a lawyer and file your claim. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
Talk to an Alpharetta Slip and Fall Lawyer for Free
You should never have to pay for an accident that was someone else’s fault. John Foy & Associates has been getting slip and fall victims the money they deserve for over 20 years. We’d like to give you a free consultation to show you how we can help you too. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.