A “slip and fall” might not sound extreme, but these types of accidents happen all the time in Bainbridge and they can actually be very serious. Slip and fall accidents can result in extreme, even permanent injuries, and even death. And they come down to the property owner or other responsible party failing to exercise the care needed to prevent the accident from happening. If you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall accident, your life can be thrown into chaos as you deal with medical bills, time lost from work, and other damages from the accident. But you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s lack of care. You need a Bainbridge slip and fall lawyer on your side.
At John Foy & Associates, we have more than 20 years of experience assisting personal injury victims in getting the full financial recovery they need and deserve. As one of the largest law firms in the Bainbridge area, we know how to win cases. And we understand the pain, stress, and overwhelm that victims go through after an accident. We’re here to help you recover as fully as possible. For a FREE consultation to discuss your situation and the best options going forward, contact us today. Call 404-400-4000, or fill out the form to the right to get started with your free consultation.
How Do I Prove a Slip and Fall Claim in Bainbridge?
Under Georgia law, property owners have a duty to ensure their premises don’t contain dangerous hazards that could lead to injuries. And if that duty has been violated and conditions aren’t safe on the property, people can suffer injuries because of the owner’s negligence.
In order to recover money and make a slip and fall claim, you must be able to prove the accident was caused by the owner not upholding these duties of care on their property. That includes providing evidence that:
- The property owner or occupier either knew about the hazard that caused your slip and fall or should have known about it through exercising reasonable care
- You as the victim of the slip and fall injury, despite exercising your own care for your safety, did not have sufficient knowledge of the hazard
- You didn’t have enough knowledge of the dangerous hazard because of conditions or actions that were within the property owner’s control
Each of these must apply under premises liability law in order to pursue a slip and fall claim.
You should also be prepared for the fact that the owner may argue you hold some responsibility for the slip and fall accident. This is extremely common because if the property owner can successfully claim you had some blame in the accident, your settlement could be much lower than it would have been otherwise. If your lawsuit goes to trial and the jury determines you bear some negligence in the accident, Georgia has a “comparative negligence” law under which damages are awarded depending on your percentage of fault. In the case of a slip and fall accident, if your blame is 50 percent or more, you won’t be able to recover anything.
This is why when you work with a slip and fall lawyer, they will work to gather evidence demonstrating the owner’s fault in the accident.
What About Falls On Private Property?
If your slip and fall accident occurred on someone’s private property (versus a commercial property), the above still applies. When slip and fall accidents happen at a community location, such as in a mall or store, the business can be sued. If the accident occurred in a residential location—like on a homeowner’s property—the owner’s insurance should pay if they are found to be at fault.
The Property Owner Is Denying I Fell at All. What Are My Options?
In some situations, the owner of the property where you fell may claim the accident didn’t even happen at all. In this case, you’ll need to show evidence of the fall. This includes:
- Medical records: Keep track of all doctor visits and treatments you received, including medical bills, prescriptions, and doctor records
- Witness testimony: If anyone saw the slip and fall accident happen, they can give an account of the accident and the fact that they were on the premises to see it happen
- Pictures of your injuries: Take photos of the injuries you suffer from the fall, right after the accident and at regular periods after the slip and fall. Injuries can change or worsen as time goes on
- Pictures of the scene: Take pictures of where you fell and whatever led to the fall, such as a wet floor, unsafe staircase, or other obstacles on the property that demonstrates the owner’s violation of care. Also, take a picture of your injury at the scene of the accident
It’s common for many slip and fall victims to blame themselves and think they could have done something to prevent the accident. But we find that often, slip and falls occur because the person responsible failed to uphold their duty to protect those on their property.
Victims should never blame themselves for something that happened because of someone else’s negligence. Don’t let a property owner or insurance company try to convince you an accident was your fault when it wasn’t. An experienced slip and fall lawyer can help you build a strong case to show the fall that happened due to the negligence of the property owner or occupier.
Talk to a Bainbridge Slip and Fall Lawyer for Free
Don’t let a slip and fall injury leave you with mounting costs and the guilt of blaming yourself. Our attorneys at John Foy & Associates are here to help. With over 20 years of experience working with personal injury victims, we know how to handle these types of claims—and we know how to win cases. To get started today with a completely FREE consultation with one of our lawyers, contact us by calling 404-400-4000, or by completing the form to the right of this page now.