Golden Corral has been a popular all-you-can-eat buffet with families for several decades. Many people enjoy eating there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. That being said, there is always a chance of slip and fall accidents that lead to serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been affected in this way, you’ll want to contact a Golden Corral slip and fall accident and injury lawyer in Georgia.
Our attorneys at John Foy & Associates have 20 plus years of experience helping injury victims win the money they need after a slip and fall accident. We don’t take a fee unless we win you money, so there’s no risk to work with us. Plus, the consultation is FREE.
To get started with your FREE consultation today, call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online. We are available 24/7 to take your call.
Golden Corral and Slip and Fall Accidents in Georgia
Golden Corral is a family-style restaurant with an all-you-can-eat buffet. It was founded in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1973. There are now almost 500 Golden Corral restaurants in 41 different U.S. states, including Georgia.
Georgia locations with Golden Corral restaurants include:
- And more
The food at Golden Corral is prepared fresh daily for each meal of the day, and there are a variety of hot and cold dishes, from salads to pot roast and side dishes to desserts and baked goods.
There are a number of potential hazards that can be found in a Golden Corral restaurant. Managers and employees must make sure the premises stay clean and safe for patrons. If they don’t and someone gets injured, the restaurant may be liable.
If you were hurt in a Golden Corral, you may have legal options. You might be entitled to compensation through a personal injury case.
What Happens in a Golden Corral Slip and Fall Case
When a slip and fall accident happens anywhere, chances are good that you’ll have costs. Medical bills are always higher than you expect after an injury, and you might need to miss work to get treatment. You might also have emotional damages if your injury affects your quality of life after the accident.
Thankfully, if you did not cause your slip and fall accident, you have the right to file a personal injury claim for damages. This is difficult to do alone, though, so it’s best to work with a Golden Corral slip and fall accident lawyer in the Georgia area.
A lawyer will help you gather evidence to prove that:
- The Golden Corral store had a legal duty to keep their premises safe.
- That legal duty was breached.
- Your slip and fall accident happened as a result of the breached duty.
- You suffered damages as a result of your accident and injuries.
If you are worried about being partially at fault for the accident, it doesn’t mean you can’t recover damages. Under Georgia’s modified comparative negligence laws, you may still be able to recover damages if you were less than 50% at fault for the accident (Georgia Code section 51-12-33).
Proving fault and liability is not always easy, especially in slip and fall cases, so you and your lawyer will need to gather as much evidence as possible. That may include pictures from the scene, your medical bills, witness testimony, expert testimony, Golden Corral video surveillance, and more. An experienced lawyer will know the best evidence to focus on.
Calculating Your Damages
Before filing your claim, you’ll need to know the full value of your damages. If you are still getting treated for your injuries, it’s best to wait until you’ve completed treatment. Your lawyer will also determine the restaurant’s liability for your accident, including if they are fully liable or if the fault is shared.
Damages you may claim in your slip and fall case include:
- Medical bills, prescription medications, and other medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering damages
Insurance companies do not like to pay out much on personal injury claims, so you’ll need to understand how much your claim is actually worth. The restaurant’s insurance company might contact you soon after your accident and offer a lowball settlement. Even if the settlement seems like a lot of money at the, it’s usually a ridiculously low number compared to what you actually deserve.
Having a lawyer on your side as soon as possible after the accident ensures you are legally protected. They can communicate with the insurance company on your behalf, determine your full damages, and help you build a strong personal injury claim. Your lawyer can also negotiate with the insurance company after they send their first offer.
If all goes well, your lawyer and the insurance company will agree on a settlement that is fair to you. You’ll be able to recover your costs and begin moving on from the slip and fall accident. In very rare cases, a slip and fall case might need to go to trial. Although you are more likely to reach a settlement well before that, an experienced lawyer will be prepared to fight for your rights throughout the whole process.
How You Can Gather Evidence for Your Golden Corral Slip and Fall Claim
The more information you can compile about your accident, the better. You can start gathering evidence beginning the moments after your slip and fall. Here are some actions you can take to support your case:
- Taking pictures of the accident scene, the dangerous condition that caused your fall (such as a wet and slippery floor), and your injuries
- Talking to anyone who saw your slip and fall happen or the hazard that caused it
- Reporting the slip and fall accident to Golden Corral management
- Seeing a doctor as soon as possible for treatment of your injuries (and following all instructions from your doctor)
- Keeping track of all medical bills and other proof of costs
- Not signing anything, accepting any money, or giving any recorded statements to the insurance company until after you’ve spoken to a lawyer
- Talking to a slip and fall accident and injury lawyer as soon as possible
Talk to a Golden Corral Slip and Fall Accident and Injury Lawyer for Free
If you were not fully at fault for your slip and fall accident at Golden Corral, you should not have to pay for the costs. To get a FREE consultation with an experienced slip and fall accident in Georgia, contact John Foy & Associates today at (404) 400-4000 or online.