Falls are one of the most common reasons for injuries in the United States and certainly in Georgia. When someone is injured because of a slip and fall, they often face rising medical bills and lost wages.
If you have been injured in a serious slip and fall accident, your injuries are likely taking their toll on your day-to-day life. Contact us right away to schedule a consultation appointment to learn if you are entitled to financial compensation.
At Metro Atlanta Law Group, we are here to help you get the answers you need. Property owners in Atlanta have a duty to keep their floors free of substances that could cause slip and falls.
If you suffered a serious injury due to a slip and fall, contact our expert premises liability attorneys today. We will schedule your free consultation to evaluate your case.
What are the Common Reasons for Slippery Floors?
Multiple reasons can be responsible for slippery floors. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the following are some of the slippery floor risk factors that contribute to slip and fall accidents in the Atlanta area.
Loose mats and rugs
Freshly mopped floors
Freshly waxed floors
One of the most common reasons for slip and falls is wet flooring. When a spill occurs or a floor has been mopped, employees must put up a caution sign to warn visitors. Unfortunately, employees do not always follow proper safety protocol.
What Kinds of Injuries Are Caused By Slippery Floors?
When someone slips on a wet or slippery floor, the result can be severe injuries. People can fall backwards or forwards and can sometimes land on objects that further complicate their injuries.
The following are some of the injuries our clients have suffered after a serious slip and fall accident.
Spinal cord injuries
Back injuries, including disc herniation or broken vertebrae
Shoulder injuries, including dislocation
Broken bones, including compound fractures
Traumatic brain injury
Slip and fall injuries are not limited to those above. When a loved one has died because of a slip and fall accident, a wrongful death claim may be brought against the liable party.
What Is the Property Owner’s Responsibility?
Property owners in Atlanta have a duty of care to ensure their properties are safe for visitors. When owners fail to maintain their properties and injuries occur, they can be held liable.
What Must a Slip and Fall Victim Prove?
There are four elements to every slip and fall case. Proving these is essential to getting a win.
1. The property owner must have owed a duty of care to the injured party.
2. The property owner must have breached that duty of care.
3. The breach in duty of care must have directly caused the slip and fall accident.
4. The slip and fall accident must have caused measurable damages to the injured party.
You will quickly learn many property owners will immediately deny any claim of injuries. The property owner may even attempt to pin the blame on you.
You need a slip and fall accident attorney who will be on your side every step of the way. We will dispute any claims of blame from the property owner and build a formidable case.
What Happens When Property Owners Fail to Warn?
If a person is injured in a slip and fall accident because of a wet floor with no warning sign, the property owner should be held liable.
Often, a property owner will argue that they did not know the floor was wet. They may even try to blame the victim and say they caused their own fall.
In a business, owners have the responsibility of keeping their property safe for customers. They should check the floors periodically and ensure there are no hazards that could cause accidents.
If you are injured in such an accident, do your best to take pictures immediately, especially if the fall was caused by wet flooring. Make sure to capture the scene to the best of your ability.
Also make sure the save your shoes and clothing or anything else that came in contact with the wet floor. These items could prove valuable in holding the property owner responsible for your injuries.
Facts About Wet Floor Injuries
The National Floor Safety Institute warns, people over the age of 65 are more likely to fall. In fact, half the people that fall each year have fallen multiple times in the past.
In seniors, falls are the second leading cause of death. Slip and falls account for around 87% of all the fractures seniors face. Falls also account for 40% of all nursing home admissions.
Talk to a Premise Liability Attorney Today
Pursuing a slip and fall accident is never easy for victims. Not only are you already facing serious injuries, with pain and suffering, but then you are revictimized because of the property owner or their insurance company.
You do not have to face your claim alone! Call us right away to schedule your free consultation appointment. You could be entitled to financial compensation. You will not be forced to pay attorney’s fees unless your claim is won.
Do not allow the property owner or their insurance company to bully you into accepting a denial of your injury claim. Do not accept any fault, and do not settle for less than your case is worth.
Our slip and fall accident attorneys are standing by to take your call and schedule your free consultation. You can reach us 24/7, even on weekends and holidays.
We will evaluate your case for free and give you information on your best legal options. We will become your advocate and work on your behalf to ensure the property owner is held liable. Call Metro Atlanta Law Group right away.