Walking seems like the least dangerous of the transportation choices in Atlanta, yet hundreds of people visit emergency rooms each year because of slip and fall accidents. A slip and fall accident can cause serious injuries and even death!
Property owners in Georgia know the law requires them to keep their properties safe for visitors. Regrettably, not all property owners follow the law, and some are negligent.
The Premises Liability Law was put into place to ensure property owners keep their walkways and parking lots free of ice and snow that could cause hazards in the winter. It also requires owners to ensure their walkways and paved areas are free of potholes and cracks that can lead to falls.
When walkways or parking lots are damaged or covered in ice, serious slip and fall accidents can occur. The following are some of the top injuries caused by slip and fall accidents.
Open or closed head injuries
Bruises and lacerations
Traumatic brain injury
Many hazards can cause a person to slip and fall on pavement or concrete. Imagine you are walking along a parking lot and your foot gets caught in a pothole, causing you to fall.
You did not know the pothole was there because it was covered in snow. Who is to blame for your accident?
At Metro Atlanta Law Group, we help injured victims pursue the party that is liable for their injuries. Call us right away to schedule a free consultation appointment.
We will help you understand your legal options. Allow us to help you get the fair compensation you may be owed.
What are the Common Causes of Sidewalk Falls in Georgia?
When Georgia sidewalks are not maintained properly, the result is possible dangers for everyone. If a person becomes injured because of a sidewalk fall, they face many obstacles in recovery.
Not only does the victim have to worry about their injuries and pain and suffering, but they also face financial issues because of lost wages and mounting medical bills.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident, do not hesitate to call us right away. You may be entitled to substantial financial compensation for your damages.
Many issues cause sidewalk falls. The following are some of the top reasons for sidewalk accidents in Atlanta.
Holes in the sidewalk
Ice or snow coverage on a sidewalk
Debris or objects left on the sidewalk
Improper use of a sidewalk
If a property owner does not keep their sidewalks and parking lots safe, they can be held liable for any damages caused by slip and fall accidents.
If the city of Atlanta owns the sidewalk where you fell, you may be able to hold the city liable for the damages you have suffered.
If any form of negligence has caused you to fall on Atlanta sidewalks, contact us immediately. We will evaluate your case and answer your questions for free.
At Metro Atlanta Law Group, we work contingently. If we do not win your case, you do not have to pay us any attorney’s fees. You have nothing to lose!
What Are the Rules Regarding Safe Sidewalks in Atlanta?
If you live in Atlanta, you know sidewalks are a problem. City council members have worked to ensure sidewalks are safe, but this issue has been left up to property owners more than the city.
Home and business owners are saddled with the responsibility of keeping the sidewalks adjacent to their properties safe. The following properties must maintain their sidewalks for safety.
Property owners are responsible for the safety of the sidewalks that run adjacent to their properties. They must perform the following to ensure the sidewalks are safe for pedestrians.
Fix any cracks, broken areas, or uneven pavement
Clear the sidewalks of snow and ice during inclement weather events
Conduct regular maintenance to ensure the sidewalks are safe to traverse
Repair any sewers or grating
What Should You Do If You Were Injured on Someone’s Property?
You slipped and fell on someone’s property and were injured. What steps do you need to take to get the compensation you are owed?
First and foremost, make sure you seek immediate medical attention. Do not wait! The outcome of your claim rests on the severity of the injuries you experienced and the medical treatment you received. We recommend injured victims take the following steps.
1. Take pictures as soon as possible, especially if you fell because of snow or ice.
2. Make sure you note the time and precise location of your slip and fall accident.
3. Gather information on the property owner, including their name and contact information.
4. If any witnesses saw the accident, gather their names and contact information.
5. File a police report if necessary.
6. Contact a slip and fall accident attorney right away.
Remember, there is a time limit for filing a claim in the state of Georgia. You have two years from the date of your slip and fall accident to file a lawsuit. Do not wait too long!
Schedule Your Free Consultation Appointment
The clock is ticking, and you need answers. Our slip and fall legal experts are standing by to take your call and schedule your free consultation appointment.
At Metro Atlanta Law Group, we know how stressful a personal injury can become. Dealing with the insurance company or the city can be overwhelming, especially when you are badly injured.
Allow us to take over your claim. We will fight for your rights and ensure you receive a fair outcome. Schedule your free case evaluation today to get started.