Any auto parts store will have potential hazards that can lead to injuries if store employees are not careful. At NAPA Auto Parts stores in Georgia, slip and fall accidents happen all too often. If you were injured at one of these stores, you may be able to file a claim for your damages, and a NAPA auto parts slip and fall lawyer can help you do it in the best way.
You should not have to pay for someone else’s negligence on the property they are supposed to manage. At John Foy & Associates, we are dedicated to helping slip and fall victims in Georgia win the financial recovery they deserve. We can help you build a strong claim to show how the store was at fault and what damages they are liable for covering.
Contact us today to get started with a FREE consultation. There is no risk because we don’t charge a fee unless we win you money. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started with your FREE consultation today.
Facts About NAPA Auto Parts in Georgia
“NAPA” is an acronym for National Automotive Parts Association. There are more than 6,000 NAPA Auto Parts locations nationwide, and they have been providing automotive parts and accessories since 1925. Other merchandise includes tools, equipment, paint supplies, farm supplies, and heavy-duty parts.
There are many NAPA locations throughout Georgia, including in the cities of Atlanta, Alpharetta, Douglas, Marietta, and Valdosta. Under Georgia law, a NAPA Auto Parts store is responsible if someone is injured on their property due to manager or employee negligence. If the store was at fault for your fall, you have a right to seek compensation.
Potential Hazards at Stores Like NAPA
Employees at any store in Georgia should be careful to watch for, recognize, and clean up or remove any hazardous conditions that are present on the premises. Employees must also be careful to not create hazards.
Here are some potential hazards that can exist at an auto parts store like NAPA:
- Wet and/or slippery floors
- Items that have fallen off shelves into store aisles
- Spilled liquids or dropped food items
- Discarded trash on the floors
- Uneven flooring
- Torn or curled up carpeting or rugs
- Rain, ice, or snow that has been tracked onto the premises
The examples above are just some that we see often. However, it doesn’t matter specifically what the hazard was as long as it could have been prevented if employees were more careful.
How a Slip and Fall Claim Works Against NAPA Auto Parts
Slip and fall accidents specifically center around the concept of premises liability. Under premises liability, the owner or occupier of a property is responsible for injuries that result from unsafe conditions on the property.
Negligence, which is basically a legal term for carelessness, is also at the heart of any personal injury claim. Someone must have failed to act in a way that any other diligent person would in the same or a similar situation. If your slip and fall accident wouldn’t have happened if the NAPA Auto Parts store had been more careful, the store was been negligent.
If negligence has caused your accident, you can seek financial recovery for your damages through a personal injury claim. In your claim, you will need to demonstrate that:
- The store (and its employees) owed you a duty of care.
- That duty of care was breached.
- Your slip and fall accident happened as a result of the breached duty.
- You suffered damages because of the accident.
The store’s duty of care refers to its duty to maintain safe premises for you and other customers. If employees were negligent in preventing hazards—as mentioned above—they have breached their duty.
You will need to show that your accident occurred as a direct result of the store’s carelessness. You’ll also need to prove your damages like your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Proving the above points after a slip and fall accident is not easy. You will need to gather a lot of information to support your claim, and this is typically difficult (if not impossible) to do without legal expertise. That’s why it’s best to contact an experienced NAPA Auto Parts slip and fall lawyer in Georgia as soon as you can.
How the Insurance Company Interferes
Insurance companies do not like to pay much on injury claims, especially if they’re involved with a large company like NAPA Auto Parts. When you file your personal injury claim, you’ll be dealing with the store’s insurance company much more than NAPA. Unfortunately, the insurance company will not have your best interest at heart.
The insurance company might:
- Contact you soon after the accident and try to get on your good side
- Ask you things or get you to say things that might be used against you later
- Offer you a lowball settlement, hoping that you’ll take it and end your case
- Ask you for a recorded statement that could be used against you
It’s vital that you do not accept any money from the insurance company or sign anything from them without speaking to a slip and fall lawyer first.
While the insurance company will be thinking of their own needs, your lawyer will know what’s best for your case. They can communicate with the insurance company for you, so you won’t have to worry about the insurer taking advantage of you.
Talk to a NAPA Auto Parts Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer in Georgia for Free Today
Don’t get stuck footing the bill for employees’ mistakes. Get help with your claim today—with no upfront fees, no risk, and a FREE consultation. When you contact John Foy & Associates, we’ll put our 20 plus years of experience to work on your case.
You don’t pay unless we win you money in your case, and the consultation is FREE. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to schedule your FREE consultation today.