If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident in Georgia, you probably have a lot of questions. Slip and fall cases can be complicated and challenging, especially if they involve large businesses who are used to fighting against these claims. You will need a legal professional on your side, and—most importantly—you’ll need to know what to look for in a slip and fall attorney in Georgia.
The right lawyer is invaluable to your case. They can answer all your questions, investigate the details of your accident, gather evidence, and determine how much your claim is worth. Without legal expertise in slip and fall claims, you could miss out on getting the full compensation you deserve.
Here are four things you should look for in a slip and fall attorney in Georgia.
1. They Specialize in Personal Injury
You definitely want to work with an attorney who takes on exclusively personal injury cases (which includes slip and fall accidents). Many attorneys will say they take slip and fall cases, but that doesn’t mean they have the expertise to do it well.
A lawyer who routinely works on personal injury will be up-to-date on the most current laws and know how these types of cases work. For example, they’ll understand the duties of property owners and occupiers to those who come onto their property (Georgia Code § 51-3-1). You can be more confident that you’re working with an expert in this field.
2. The Lawyer Has Handled Cases Like Yours Before
Before hiring a lawyer, make sure they have handled types of cases similar to yours before. There are important distinctions (and statutes) between slip and fall cases and other types of cases. You will want someone who is familiar and comfortable with slip and fall claims so you can be confident in their abilities.
At John Foy & Associates, we’ve been working on slip and fall accident claims in Georgia for over 20 years, and we know what it takes to win these types of cases. Call us today for a FREE, no-risk consultation at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
3. They Do Not Work for Insurance Companies
Some lawyers will work take on defense cases for insurance companies. In other words, they work for the “other side,” and it can be hard to know if they go into your case seeing things from your perspective. It’s best to work with an attorney who focuses on the injury victims and does not work for insurance companies.
4. The Slip and Fall Attorney Is Prepared to Go to Trial with You
Most slip and fall accident claims settle well before you need to file a lawsuit. However, there are situations where going to trial is the best option.
You will need to hire a lawyer who is prepared to go all the way to court with you if that’s the direction the case goes. They should have your best interests in mind, and that includes being prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve—no matter what.
What Your Slip and Fall Attorney Should Ask from YOU
You’ll want to schedule a consultation with an attorney before working with them. The consultation can tell you a lot about what it will be like to work with this attorney. A good lawyer will ask you for the following information when they meet with you.
Your Side of the Story
The attorney should listen carefully to what happened to you. You should feel like you are speaking to someone who is on your side—on your team. An attentive attorney will ask you to explain what happened, when it happened, the consequences you’re facing, who was nearby, and other important details.
Pictures from the Scene
Pictures can be so helpful in slip and fall accident cases in Georgia. The attorney might ask if you were able to get any pictures at the scene. If you were, they’ll ask to see them.
If you haven’t gotten any pictures, a good attorney will discuss going back to the scene right away to take pictures and investigate. They’ll know that preserving the scene as soon as possible after the accident is best for your case.
An experienced slip and fall attorney will be looking ahead when discussing your case. They’ll ask if you were able to talk to and get the contact information of any witnesses to your accident. If you were, they’ll be interested in contacting them immediately to preserve their memories of what happened and to utilize them for witness testimony.
The attorney will also want to see any medical records you currently have from the treatment of your injuries. They’ll be thinking about your total damages and how much your case is worth.
Talk to a Georgia Slip and Fall Attorney for Free Today
If you’re looking for a slip and fall attorney who is attentive, experienced, and compassionate with your best interests in mind, contact John Foy & Associates. We have been working on slip and fall accident cases for more than 20 years, and we make working with us risk-free because we don’t take a fee unless we win you money.
To get a FREE consultation and case evaluation, call us today at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online. Under Georgia Code § 9-3-33, you have two years from the date of your accident to file your claim—and that goes quickly. Contact us at (404) 400-4000 to get started right away.