We never plan on getting injured when we step out of our home, and the managers and staff at nearly all public places are obligated to be sure their customers are safe, regardless of how busy they are.
Unfortunately, this safety doesn’t always come first to all business owners. If you have been injured due to a slip and fall accident that was the result of a public entity’s negligence, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Having an attorney experienced in premises liability can help you determine what legal option would be best for your situation.
What is Premises Liability?
In Georgia, the law makes owners and operators of businesses responsible for injuries resulting from conditions that may be dangerous to others that are located on their property. The law says that it is the business’ responsibility to take reasonable care to ensure that the people that visit their property are safe.
The law says that any owner of land, by implied or expressed invitation, that has others come upon their land, is responsible for the damages or injuries that the person sustains due to the owner’s failure to exercise ordinary care and upkeep of their premises.
What Are Unsafe Premises?
There can be many things responsible for unsafe premises in the state of Georgia, and they may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Hazards and holes near a construction site
- Wet or icy sidewalks and stairs
- Swimming pools that aren’t properly fenced in
- Falling debris
- Lack of security
- Defective or poorly maintained stairs, elevators, or escalators
- Water leaks, fires, and flooding
Unsafe premises aren’t limited to restaurants and hotels and can include many other types of businesses if they have failed to maintain their property adequately. Even private homeowners and government agencies are subject to premises liability.
What to Do if You’ve Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, there are several steps that you can take that may help your case. They include the following
- Get the names of the managers and owners of the property in which the accident took place as well as names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
- If you’ve been injured, seek medical attention immediately and have a doctor document your injuries.
- Avoid making any statements, including statements to insurance adjusters. Never admit fault, even if you feel like you could be partially responsible.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident as well as your injuries and save the footwear and clothing that you were wearing during the incident.
Contact an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney
One of the most important steps to take if you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident is to contact an attorney knowledgeable in slip and fall, aka premises liability, law. There are strict statute of limitation laws regarding this type of accidents so time is of the essence. In most cases, the statute of limitation is two years from the time of your accident.
The attorneys at Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. have more than 30 years of experience handling slip and fall cases. Contact us today for a consultation so one of our experienced, knowledgeable attorneys can help guide you through your legal options and help you obtain the compensation for your injuries that you deserve.