Slip and fall injuries can be serious. Even a minor stumble can result in a sprained ankle or wrist, a fracture, or a head injury with long term consequences. Slipping and falling is one of the leading causes of injury in Gainesville, and the results can be hard to live with—even life altering. Many slip and fall victims find themselves living with steep hospital bills, medical debt, years of treatment, or an inability to work. You should not have to worry about your financial future because of a single fall. Under the law, you have the right to get back the full cost of your injury, including missed work time. But you need a good lawyer helping you.
At John Foy & Associates, we employ some of the most experienced and effective slip and fall accident lawyers in the City of Gainesville—or the state. We have 20 years of experience helping accident victims win large financial settlements and move forward with their lives. From our beginnings as a small local law office, we have become one of the largest and most respected personal injury law firms in the country. We are so good at forcing insurance companies to the bargaining table that we have earned the nickname, “The Strong Arm of Georgia.”
Let us help you with your case. When you call John Foy & Associates, we will sit down with you for a 100% free consultation. We will answer your questions, help you understand your legal options, and give you a definitive opinion on whether or not you have a case. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
How do I know if I have a slip and fall case?
All too often we see individuals who blame themselves for their injury. Often, they think that slipping and falling was their own mistake, and that it wouldn’t have happened if they were paying more attention. Sometimes they even call themselves clumsy. But falls happen for a reason—typically because there is some sort of hazard that shouldn’t be there. If this was the case in your fall, then there’s a good chance you have a case.
A common example is tripping on a walkway leading up to a business. If you tripped because your shoes were untied, clearly the business isn’t responsible. But what if there was a crack or gap in the pavement? If you tripped over that crack, then your fall was caused by an obstacle in your path. And the business should have known that a poorly maintained walkway could be dangerous.
This is what’s known as “negligence.” It means that someone else should have known better, but they did nothing to remove the hazard or warn people about it. Their negligence means that your accident is not your fault and you have a legal right to recover your costs.
Other examples of slip and fall cases include:
- A slippery floor that wasn’t marked
- Dark staircases or other poorly lit areas
- A faulty staircase railing
- Unmarked steps up or down
- Poorly maintained pavement
- Slipping on something that was spilled in a store
Legally, we refer to these as “premises liability” claims. Premises liability means that the owner of a property has a duty to make it safe for whoever comes in. This is true whether it is a public space, a business or a private residence. If they do not live up to their duty, then they or their insurance company are liable for the consequences.
What should I do if I fell and injured myself?
The best thing you can do after a slip and fall accident is to protect yourself legally. Take basic steps to make sure the incident is documented and that you don’t say anything that could be taken out of context. If you collect evidence at the beginning, your entire case becomes stronger.
We recommend taking the following steps after your accident:
- Report it. Many people make the mistake of trying to “walk off” their injury or put on a brave face. If you’re hurt, tell someone. Report the accident right away to the manager or owner. You don’t need to cast blame, just make sure they are aware of the hazard and that you were injured.
- Get pictures. If you have a serious injury on a staircase with a bad railing, it’s a sure bet that one week later the railing will be fixed—and any evidence of how loose it was will be gone. If you don’t have to go immediately to the hospital, take pictures of the area where you fell and the specific hazard that caused it. Otherwise, return to get pictures as soon afterward as you can.
- Get witnesses. If anyone saw you fall, talk to them. Show them the hazard that tripped you, and ask them for their names and contact information.
- Be careful how you talk about your accident. It’s natural to tell people you’re fine even if you’re not. Unfortunately, this can haunt you later. Do your best to speak matter-of-factly about your accident and avoid taking blame.
- Go to a doctor. If your injury turns out be serious, the insurance company will want to know why you didn’t see a doctor right away. It’s always better to play it safe and get a seemingly minor injury checked out as soon as possible.
What if I fell at a friend or neighbor’s house?
You’re entitled to the same financial recovery no matter where the accident happened. Remember, your recovery is your right, and it has nothing to do with your friend or neighbor. You have no claim against them—your claim is between you and their insurance company. They will not have to pay anything out of pocket if you win. Their insurance will pay it.
Is there a deadline for filing slip and fall claims in Gainesville, GA?
Slip and fall cases move quickly and there are very tight deadlines. In Gainesville, the courts follow statutes of limitations set by both the state of Georgia and the federal government. Depending on the circumstances, the statutes might give you up to two years to file your claim, but often it’s far, far less—even just weeks from the date of the injury. The safest thing you can do is talk to a lawyer immediately.
Talk to an Gainesville Slip and Fall Lawyer for Free
One fall should not mean a lifetime of debt. Let us help you. John Foy & Associates offers a FREE consultation to discuss your case. Your consultation is your chance to get a professional legal opinion at no cost. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.