Shell gas stations can be found in many cities throughout Georgia and the rest of the United States. They provide gasoline as well as food, beverages, and other necessities on the road. Employees at Shell stations have a duty to keep the premises safe; otherwise, a slip and fall accident might happen. If you were injured in this way, it’s time to speak with a Shell gas station slip and fall accident and injury lawyer in Georgia.
At John Foy & Associates, we have been helping slip and fall victims for over 20 years. Our practice has grown from a small, local office to one of the largest and most respected law firms in Georgia. We’d love to give you a FREE consultation to evaluate your case and talk about how we can help you.
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An Overview of Shell Gas Stations in Georgia
Royal Dutch Shell PLC, also known simply as Shell, is the third-largest oil and gas company in the world. Their headquarters is found in the Netherlands, and they are incorporated in the United Kingdom. The company began in 1907 with the merging of a British company and a Dutch company.
Shell has about 92,000 employees in over 70 different countries and territories. Shell gas stations can be found all throughout the state of Georgia and near every major city, including Atlanta, Rome, Columbus, Warner Robins, Macon, and Athens.
If someone working at a Shell gas station is negligent and it leads to your slip and fall accident, the business may be liable for your damages. Enormous companies like Shell can make the personal injury claim process very difficult, so you’ll want to get an experienced slip and fall lawyer on your side right away.
What a Slip and Fall Accident Means in Georgia
A “slip and fall” accident is a type of personal injury accident. It happens exactly as it sounds: someone slips, falls, and gets injured on someone else’s property because the premises were not kept safe enough.
The key element in a slip and fall accident is negligence. In Georgia, when a legal duty is breached (also known as negligence) and it leads to an injury, the victim can seek compensation through damages (Georgia Code section 51-1-6). Businesses in Georgia like Shell have a duty to maintain safe premises for customers, so they may be liable if they cause an injury accident.
Ways Slip and Fall Accidents Might Happen at Shell
A slip and fall accident at a gas station like Shell can happen in just about any way, but some of the most common hazards we see include:
- Wet or slippery floors from spilled beverages or other liquids
- Dropped food items
- Loose, torn, or curled up carpeting
- Uneven or cracked flooring
- Merchandise left in the gas station aisles or
- Water or liquids on bathroom floors
- Oil or gas leaks or spills
No matter how your slip and fall accident happened, if the incident occurred through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Store managers and employees must exercise care to prevent hazardous conditions from being present on the premises. If they do not and it causes your accident, it’s a liability concern.
How Liability Works After a Slip and Fall at a Shell Gas Station
A slip and fall accident is also known as a premises liability accident. That’s because stores like Shell can be liable if they do not keep their premises safe for those who come onto it.
A store may be negligent in an accident (and therefore liable for damages) if owners or employees:
- Caused the hazard that resulted in the slip and fall accident
- Knew about the hazard but did not fix or remove it within a reasonable amount of time or
- Should have known about the hazard through reasonable care but did not know about it
You will need to prove one of these points in your slip and fall claim, which will be filed with the store’s insurance company. When you’re dealing with such a large company like Shell, you can be sure that they will be legally prepared for these types of claims. To level the playing field, you’ll want to get an experienced lawyer on your side as soon as possible.
How a Shell Slip and Fall Accident and Injury Lawyer Can Help
Slip and fall accident cases can be very difficult and complicated. While you have every right to handle your case alone, it’s not recommended, especially when a company like Shell is involved.
It’s best to consult an attorney who can determine if you have a valid (and strong) case, help you gather evidence, and make sure the insurance company does not take advantage of you. The insurance company might use tactics like:
- Trying to blame you for the accident
- Claiming your injuries are not that serious (or caused by a pre-existing condition) or
- Offering you a lowball settlement that they hope you’ll take
It’s very important that you do not take the first settlement offer. It’s never going to be enough to cover all of your damages, but the insurance company knows that if you take it out of desperation, you’ll lose all chance of getting more.
An experienced lawyer will give you the best chance at full compensation for your damages. Plus, slip and fall lawyers like John Foy & Associates do not charge you a fee unless they win you money—so there is no risk and upfront fee.
Speak with a Shell Gas Station Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer in Georgia for Free Today
If you or someone you love was injured in a slip and fall accident at a Shell gas station in Georgia, John Foy & Associates is here to help. We have been doing this for more than 20 years, and we are not afraid to handle every aspect of your claim—including the insurance adjuster—for you.