Have you ever been to a store and noticed a spill that was not properly cleaned or at least identified by a sign or other cautionary measures? Or even worse, have you experienced a slip-and-fall accident due to lack of attention to hazards like a wet floor?
People who find themselves in situations like this often end up asking the question, “What do I do now?” They fell and were hurt in a store or injured on someone else’s property and simply do not know what to do afterward.
It is important to note that regardless of whether or not there are visible injuries, one of the first things anyone involved in a slip-and-fall accident should always do is get medically evaluated soon thereafter. I’ll tell you why. On the surface, some injuries may seem minor, harmless or even non-existent, but sometimes there is more harm done than what is visible to the naked eye. Additionally, the effects of the resulting injury can last longer than one could anticipate. Unfortunately, without documentation from a medical professional, it will be difficult to argue your case for medical expenses, pain, suffering and more in a lawsuit.
If it is determined by your physician that you do have injuries related to your accident or you are anticipating the need for ongoing medical care, you should find an Atlanta slip-and-fall attorney who will be able to offer information, guidance and, if need be, representation for you.
Keep in mind that to an extent, both parties may be responsible for injuries caused. As a plaintiff, you will have the burden of proving that the fall was unavoidable and a result of negligence on the part of the property owner. Determining liability will be the main objective of any lawsuit that may arise, and anything awarded will be a reflection thereof. It isn’t as simple as getting an attorney, filing a lawsuit and winning. There will need to be a substantial amount of evidence pointing to and against the other party. Therefore, it is necessary to document and gather as much information as possible to validate any claims you make. Included in this list of things would be:
Witness names and contact information
Photos of the location of the fall
Surveillance tapes showing the fall
A copy of any accident reports
Statements or comments made by witnesses
Photos of any visible injuries
Medical reports, evaluations, bills, etc.
Respectively, each of these items serves as a building block in your case against the property owner. Additionally, some questions to think about are:
Was the owner aware of a danger or hazard that caused the fall?
Had the owner already received complaints about it, but failed to deal with it?
Were there any strategically placed signs or indications that there was a possible safety hazard?
Once you are able to analyze your situation based on the answers to these questions as well as gather all the information necessary to prove that the owner is actually responsible, you and your attorney will know whether or not you should pursue things any further. If you believe you have a case against an Atlanta property owner, please contact us for a consultation.
Ty Wilson is a personal injury attorney in Georgia and is dedicated to helping injured people and their families. Call his office today at 866-937-5454 to order his free book, 10 Secrets of Georgia Car Wreck Claims. This book is intended to give you and/or your loved one a solid foundation regarding Georgia auto accident claims, how to hire an attorney, and how to deal with the insurance company prior to speaking with an attorney.