Slip and fall injuries can be serious simply because of the surprise element associated with the event. The Atlanta community counts on public and private property owners to provide a safe environment with the expectation that no harm will occur during their visit or use of the grounds, building or organization. This expectation is one the law completely agrees with, so when a property owner is negligent in their responsibilities they can be pursued for damages as a result.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
With over 300,000 slip and fall accidents occurring each year in the United States, the common causes of these incidents usually fall within a category of negligent behavior on behalf of the property owner. Although this is not always the case, it is important to contact an attorney to understand your rights and how the property owner or operator may be liable for your claim. At The Marks Law Group, LLC, our attorneys have successfully handled accident cases caused by:
- Obstructed Walkways or Stairs
- Poor Lighting
- Recently Mopped/Waxed Flooring
- Ripped or Torn Carpeting
- Uncovered Holes
- Uneven Steps of Floors
- Weather Conditions
When these hazards are met with surprise, the results can be as severe as a brain injury or spine injury, broken bones or bruising, cuts and muscle pain. Our attorneys will help you understand what it takes to recovery from these injuries and the amount of damages to pursue to ensure you are fully compensated.
Gathering Details When Filing a Claim
If you are in a slip and fall accident, there are a number of details you can gather to adequately pursue a claim with the help of our experienced and dedicated Atlanta personal injury attorneys.
First, ask for help from the fall. Getting up and walking away should not be an option, until you are assessed for medical issues right away. Although a lot of people feel embarrassed about a slip and fall accident, the truth is you can do more harm than good by trying to remove yourself from the situation. Be still and allow someone to help you before getting the medical care you need.
Next, document the slip and fall by taking notes on when and where the accident took place, and your assessment of the cause. Get the names, telephone numbers and contact information from anyone who witnessed the incident. If there was something specific that caused your fall, take a picture of it with your camera phone or device or ask someone else to do so and send it to you. It is important to preserve all of the evidence you can right away.
File an accident report with whoever is in charge of the area, whether it is a property manager or a store clerk. Do not admit any fault, or make a statement without an attorney present, just be sure that someone who is affiliated with the venue knows that you have slipped and fallen. Do not sign anything as a result of this exchange.
Finally, contact our law firm right away. Allow us to review the scene, collect additional evidence, and hold the negligent responsible for the recklessness that caused your slip and fall injury. It is important to disseminate the information from the incident — including witnesses and the property’s disposition — so that we can review all of the facts while they are fresh in everyone’s minds. This will only help support your case and allow us to pursue the negligent party successfully.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact our Atlanta attorneys today at 404-939-1485, and allow us to review your case with a free consultation so you can begin healing right away.