When you slip and injure yourself, your first instinct should never be to blame yourself. Many falls in Kennesaw are caused by obstacles, slipping hazards, lack of handrails or poorly maintained premises. If you fell under these kids of conditions, it may mean that you have a valid insurance claim and a right to recover money. And that money can help with medical bills, missed work time and more. Don’t miss your chance to recover the money you need. Talk to a Kennesaw slip and fall lawyer.
John Foy & Associates can help. We founded our law firm over 20 years ago with one simple idea: deliver the best possible results for those who have been injured. We have stayed laser-focused on this mission and created one of the most respected law firms in Georgia, with a history of winning money for our clients. A fall and injury can leave you with pain, questions, and uncertainty—let us help. We will give you a FREE consultation to answer your questions and show you whether you have a case. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
If I’m the one who slipped, why would someone else be liable?
It all depends on what happened.
It is true that, sometimes, when a person falls it was a pure accident—no one did anything wrong.
But what we’ve seen is that, in many cases, falls happen for a reason. And if that reason was someone else’s carelessness, they’re liable—even if they intended no wrongdoing.
Here’s an example. Imagine that you trip on an unmarked step in a store, causing you to fall and be injured. The store owner obviously knows about the step; they’ve probably seen people stumble on it before. They’ve had ample time to fix it:
- They could have put up a sign
- They could have marked the step with a bright color
- Or they simply could have had the step removed or changed it to a ramp
If the store owner did none of these things and the step caused your fall, then the store is liable for the injury.
In other words, people have a legal duty not to be careless with the safety of others—especially if they own or run a place that will have lots of foot traffic, like a store, stadium or other public space. They have a duty not to be negligent.
This legal concept of negligence has both advantages and disadvantages:
- The advantage is that everyone who is injured by someone else’s carelessness has a legal right to a financial recovery. You don’t have to pay for the injury yourself.
- The disadvantage is that negligence isn’t always obvious when an injury happens. You might not see anyone else around, or you might not know what caused your fall. This is why it’s so important not to blame yourself or apologize after you fall. Wait until you know the full story.
The best way to figure out what caused your fall and who was responsible is to talk to a lawyer.
How much money can I recover in a slip and fall claim in Kennesaw?
The City of Kennesaw follows Georgia state law, which does not place a limit on how much you can recover. It simply depends on what kind of injury you suffered, how much it cost you, and how much it has affected your life.
The costs that can be included in your claim are:
- All of your medical bills relating to the injury
- Money for any lost income if you missed work time
- The cost of any ongoing treatment you will need, such as physical therapy or medication
A good lawyer will make sure you have gotten a complete diagnosis, and that treatment is working, before taking an amount to the insurance company. It can be very risky to rush and accept an offer right away, because you could end up needing more treatment than you originally expected.
In addition to these costs, you can recover money for how the accident has affected your life. For example, if you suffered extreme pain, or if you now have a permanent injury that won’t fully recover, you’ve lost something bigger than just the cost of your doctor bills. In these cases, the local courts allow you to recover much more—sometimes up to 500% more.
This can result in injury claims that pay hundreds of thousands of dollars.
What if I fell at someone’s house?
This can be very difficult, because it’s usually someone you know. You don’t want to create any bad blood between yourself and the homeowner. But you also need money to pay for your medical costs and any other fallout from the injury.
Under the law, homeowners have the exact same duty as any other property owner. They need to make sure the premises are safe for people who enter their property, even though they get far fewer visitors than a store or government office. So you have the same rights as you would if you fell anywhere else. It’s simply a more sensitive situation.
If this has happened to you, remember: you aren’t filing any claim against your friend. And they don’t have to pay any of your costs themselves. You’re simply filing a claim with their insurance company, and insurance will pay for it. (Or, if the friend’s home is rented, your claim may be with the landlord’s insurance.)
These claims can be very delicate, and it’s often best to talk with a lawyer first so you know if you have a valid claim before you bring it up with your friend.
Talk to a Kennesaw Slip and Fall Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we only take one kind of case: the kind where we can help the victim. We have devoted over 20 years to helping injury victims get money, care, and all of the rights they are guaranteed under law. Don’t let yourself get stuck with the bill after a fall that you didn’t cause. Let us give you a free consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.