Even the smallest fall can lead to serious injuries. Year after year, slip and fall incidents are one of the biggest causes of accidental injury and even death in Dalton, GA. The aftermath of these accidents can include medical bills, surgery, prescription drug costs, physical therapy and weeks or months of being unable to work. A single slip and fall can be life altering.
But you don’t have to suffer from giant medical bills after your injury. The law says you have a right to make a full financial recovery. That means you could get the money you need to pay for all of your medical costs and to cover your missed work time. To pursue your financial recovery, you should speak to a good Dalton slip and fall accident lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we can help. We have over 20 years of experience helping injury victims like yourself recover from their falls. We have become one of the largest and most respected personal injury law firms in the City of Dalton, and have won slip and fall cases both in and out of court. In fact, we’ve become so good at what we do that we have been nicknamed the “Strong Arm” of Georgia—a name we earned by forcing the insurance companies to pay up.
Let us help you with your case. Call us and get a free consultation to discuss your legal options. Contact us at 706-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What counts as a slip and fall case in Dalton?
If you fell and were injured through no fault of your own, you have a valid slip and fall case.
Many slip and fall victims don’t realize they have a strong case, and instead tend to blame themselves. If you fell, you might feel like you should have paid better attention to where you were walking. But most slip and fall accidents involve some sort of obstacle or hazard. If the hazard caused your fall, then it is not your fault—period.
For example, imagine you walked into a store and tripped over a small step up that was hard to see. As you fell, you threw your hands out to catch yourself and ended up breaking a wrist. This accident is not your fault. The store owner has a legal obligation to clearly mark the step up, and since they didn’t, it was their own negligence that caused your injury.
Common examples of slip and fall situations include:
- Slipping on a wet, freshly mopped floor that wasn’t marked
- Slipping on a spilled product in a convenience store
- Tripping on cracked or poorly maintained concrete
- Falling in a dimly lit hallway or on unlit stairs
Each of these accidents is what the law calls a “premises liability” case. Premises liability means that the owner or manager of a location has a duty to make sure it’s safe for people to use. If they fail to do so, then their negligence is considered the cause of the accident. This is why you are eligible for a full financial recovery, which could be worth tens of thousands of dollars or more.
What should I do after a slip and fall in Dalton?
We often advise clients that the best thing they can do is to be their own best advocate. What this means is to know your rights, collect information after an accident, and do everything you can to document your case.
Some of the ways you can do this include:
- Tell someone about your injury. Report the accident to the owner or manager of the premises where you fell, as soon as it happens. Get contact information for the person you spoke to.
- Get pictures. Nothing explains what happened in an accident like a picture. Snap photos of where the accident happened and what caused you to fall. If possible, get both close up photos and more zoomed out images.
- Speak to witnesses. Did anyone see you fall? If so, ask them what they saw, and ask for their name and number. Even if no one saw the accident, show the hazard to other people and ask if you can contact them.
- Go to a doctor. Even very serious injuries may seem small at first. Don’t take a chance. After your fall, go see a doctor and get their diagnosis. Your attorney can help you find a doctor who understands slip and fall accidents.
You should also be careful in what you say. Don’t blame yourself for the accident, or insist that you’re fine. You don’t know how serious the injury is at first and your words may be used against you. And do not give a recorded statement to the insurance company until you have spoken to your lawyer.
What if the accident was at a friend or relative’s house?
You are eligible for the same financial recovery even if the accident happened in someone’s home. We understand it’s difficult to consider a claim in a friend or loved one’s home, but remember: you are not blaming anyone. Your loved one will not be involved in your case, and you are not suing them. Your case is entirely between you and their insurance company. Your friend will pay nothing out of pocket.
Is there a deadline to file a slip and fall claim in Dalton?
Yes. In Dalton, the local courts follow deadlines set by the State of Georgia and by federal law. These deadlines are known as statutes of limitations. At the most, you could have up to two years to file your claim—but it’s often far less. In some cases you will have only weeks. Talk to a lawyer right away.
Talk to a Dalton Slip and Fall Lawyer for Free
Don’t spent years paying the bills on an injury that wasn’t your fault. Get a strong lawyer to help you. At John Foy & Associates, we offer a FREE consultation to help you understand your legal options. Call us at 706-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.