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“Slip-and-fall” is a common phrase used to describe injuries that are covered under premises liability. Slip-and-fall accidents encompass a broader meaning of the term, including accidents like tripping. Serious, life-altering injuries can occur if a person slips and falls.
At Ashenden & Associates, P.C., in Sandy Springs, Georgia, our top-rated local personal injury lawyers have a great deal of experience handling slip-and-fall cases and other lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries. Read on for more information about slip-and-fall cases or call us today to schedule a consultation.
How Slip-And-Fall Accidents Can Happen
Property owners have obligations to keep their properties safe for visitors and guests under local, state and federal laws.
A slip-and-fall accident is a common type of premises liability claim. A property owner or, sometimes, an employee of the owner is at fault when the accident occurred due to preventable or foreseeable circumstances.
Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Poor lighting in an entry/exit
- Faulty staircases
- Ice on walkways or in parking lots
- Food and beverage spills
- Leaking utilities or machines
- Uneven pavement
These accidents can lead to life-altering injuries such as back and neck injuries, damage to the spinal cord, broken hips and other bones, and even traumatic brain injuries.
Determining Liability In A Slip-And-Fall Accident
If you are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, it is important to immediately receive medical attention so injuries are recorded and documented by medical professionals.
You must show the following to prove that a homeowner, property owner or manager is at fault for injuries:
- The owner caused the condition.
- The owner knew the condition existed, but did not fix it.
- A “reasonable” person would have fixed the condition.
- Negligence caused the foreseeable accident.
Defining what constitutes a “reasonable” person can get confusing in the eyes of the court, so it is important to have a representative who understands premises liability. Our attorneys at Ashenden & Associates, P.C., in Sandy Springs will work to acquire witness accounts of the condition of the property and the accident itself.
If possible, take photos of the scene of the accident and your injuries and preserve any evidence.
Free Consultation For Slip-And-Fall Accidents At Ashenden & Associates, P.C.
Determining who is at fault in a slip-and-fall case can be complicated, and handling court proceedings can be stressful. Let the experts at Ashenden & Associates, P.C., in Sandy Springs handle your case so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Call our office at 770-394-8909 or send us a secure email through our website’s contact form to schedule your free consultation.