Slip and fall injuries are among the most devastating accidents we see in Johns Creek. A single fall can cause broken bones or lifelong joint pain, or severe injuries in many cases. And slip and fall victims often feel uncertain of what to do—often being blamed for their own injury by the insurance company or property owner. The result is that many victims do not get the money they need for medical care, even though they have a legal right to it. Do not let this happen to you. Talk to a Johns Creek slip and fall lawyer and get a professional on your side.
At John Foy & Associates, we know how to handle your claim. In over 20 years of legal practice, we have dealt with just about every kind of slip and fall case there is—and we have proven we know how to win. At our firm, we only take on cases where we know we can make a difference for someone who was injured or harmed. Let us give you a free, no-obligation consultation and show you what we can do for your claim. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What should I know about slip and fall cases in Johns Creek?
The law in the City of Johns Creek, and statewide, is simple: if someone’s carelessness led to your fall, you have a right to recover money. This law is designed to protect victims, discourage negligent property owners, and make sure you get your medical costs and other losses paid for.
Unfortunately, slip and fall claims are often not that simple. In fact, this is one type of claim where we see many people lose out on the money they have a right to, often because they didn’t know their legal rights. This is for a few reasons:
- Many slip and fall victims are told that their accident is their own fault. This is rarely true.
- Many property owners don’t understand that they’re liable for injuries on their property—and they don’t know they have a legal duty to make that property safe.
- The insurance companies will take advantage of victims who don’t have a lawyer and don’t know how to prove their claims.
The bottom line is this: if you slipped, tripped or fell, there was probably some kind of hazard that caused it. It could be a wet floor, an uneven walkway, or a broken railing, or something else. No matter what it is, that hazard is the reason why you fell.
Under the law, whoever is responsible for that hazard is liable for your injury, and their insurance should pay for it.
How do I know who was at fault in my slip and fall case?
Whenever there’s a hazard on a property, there’s someone who should have either fixed it, clearly marked it, or secured it so that the area was off limits. This is the legal duty of the property owner, whether it’s a person or a business. And if they failed to do that duty, it makes them negligent. That is the person (or business) who’s at fault.
Here’s who is most likely liable, based on how your fall happened:
- If you fell at a business, the business or its owner is liable (even if it was an employee who caused the hazard)
- At a park or government office, the government entity in charge of maintaining it is liable
- At large venues like stadiums, it’s often a private company contracted to run the venue
- Landlords are liable for common spaces in apartment buildings
- If the fall happened inside an apartment, the liable party could be the landlord or the lease holder, depending on what happened
- For falls in private homes, the homeowner is liable (but their property insurance will pay the claim)
This last point is important. Slip and fall claims are almost always paid by insurance—not out of someone’s pocket. In most cases, you don’t even have to file a lawsuit to get the money you have a right to.
How do I know if the offer from the insurance company is fair?
You have to know what the total, long-term costs of your injury will be. This is the only way to know whether an offer is fair or whether you’re being shortchanged.
Your slip and fall claim should pay for all of your losses. This includes:
- All medical care and treatment, even if you need additional treatment after several months or several years
- All medication, physical therapy or rehabilitative costs
- All of the wages you miss if you couldn’t go to work
- Pain and suffering, or other intangible losses—such as suffering from a brain injury, or having a permanent effect on your health
It’s impossible to know these amounts unless you get a good diagnosis from a specialist, take time to make sure you are recovering properly, and have a legal professional who can evaluate how much money you can receive in damages.
Insurance companies will almost never include the full amount in their first offer. In many cases, they will never make a fair offer at all unless you have a lawyer who can build a case and force them to the bargaining table. A single fall can have an effect on your life for years, or even forever. Your financial recovery needs to reflect that. Never settle for anything less.
Talk to a Johns Creek Slip and Fall Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we work closely with slip and fall victims and their families, and we have seen firsthand the toll taken by a serious fall. Put the power of our legal team to work on your case. We will give you a FREE consultation, help you understand your case, and give you a roadmap of the legal steps you should take. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.