Common Causes of Slip and Falls
We often associate a slip and fall with clumsiness or improper footwear. The truth is that many of these incidents are the result of safety hazards, some of which are preventable.
Many slip and fall accidents are caused by:
- Slick or wet surfaces
- Uneven flooring
- Loose or unsecured rugs or carpets
- Cluttered walkways
- Insufficient lighting
- Lack of handrails
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents, often overlooked as minor incidents, can lead to serious injuries that dramatically impact an individual's quality of life. A simple stumble may result in consequences that require expensive medical attention. Sometimes, these injuries can be so severe that they lead to chronic conditions or enduring disability.
Common slip and fall injuries include:
- Knee injuries
- Shoulder and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
When you suffer a significant slip and fall, you should not instantly assume you are in the clear, even if you have no obvious injuries. You should promptly get a full medical evaluation, as some injuries have delayed symptoms. If you sustained harm that leads to costly medical bills, missed work, and pain and suffering, get in touch with our Georgia slip and fall attorneys. We are ready to investigate what happened and get to work on building your claim.
Premises Liability, Explained
Slip and fall cases fall under premises liability law, which holds property owners liable for negligently failing to keep their properties free from hazards. If you suffer slip and fall injuries on another party’s property due to a safety hazard, you may have a case.
What Are My Legal Options If I Slipped and Fell at Work?
If you slipped and fell at work, you in most cases cannot sue your employer, even if they negligently failed to maintain safe premises. What you can do is potentially file a workers’ compensation claim and access monetary benefits to cover medical care and a portion of your missed wages. You do not have to prove fault to get workers’ compensation benefits. You can also typically get benefits even if the slip and fall was your fault so long as you were not intoxicated, under the influence of drugs, or attempting to hurt yourself or someone else. Our firm also handles workers’ compensation claims and can help you explore all of your options.
How Long Do I Have to File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit in Georgia?
Georgia’s statute of limitations for premises liability lawsuits is two years. Therefore, you have two years from the date you slipped and fell to take legal action, though doing so as soon as possible is in your best interest. You cannot recover any compensation if you do not file your lawsuit before this deadline.