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Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorney – I am currently awaiting a settlement in a workmans comp case. I fell outside the building where I work because of ice on the sidewalk. Can I also sue for negligence?

Generally speaking, in Georgia you could have a claim against the property owner if they are different than your employer and you can prove negligence.

This is what is known as a third party claim.  In Georgia you would need to establish that the property owner had knowledge of the danger or should had knowledge of the danger and did not warn you.

These claims can be difficult and you likely will need to get Georgia Slip & Fall attorney involved.  You may need  an expert determine if in fact the dangerous condition or ice was not naturally occurring and was the result of either the way the building was designed or the way the water was diverted by the property owner which caused the ice to develop.

Typically just because you fall and get injured on another person’s property, does not mean in and of itself you are entitled to compensation or recovery for your medical care.  These cases are difficult and you need an attorney who can fully investigate especially while it is cold and ice is likely to accumulate again so the expert can determine the cause of the accumulation.

If you have a workers compensation claim and a personal injury related to the same incident you should contact an attorney who will help you develop a strategy on both claims for you maximum benefit.

Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.

Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.

If you have specific questions for a workers compensation attorney in Georgia, give Ty at call 912-508-4711 in Savannah or 770-948-5454 in Atlanta.

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