Conyers Slip and Fall Injury Attorney
Georgia property owners have a legal obligation to ensure they provide a safe environment that prevents accidents such as slip and fall accidents.
Slip and fall accidents might sound like no big deal, but the truth is that slip and fall accidents can cause broken bones, head injuries or even injuries to spinal cords. Not only can slip and falls cause severe physical injuries, but any injury caused by a slip and fall accident can lead to expensive medical bills and missing wages due to lost work. An experienced slip and fall accident attorney in Georgia can not only help you recover those costs, but can help you with compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Slip and Fall Liability
When you visit another person’s property, no matter if it is a residential property like a home or apartment, commercial property like a shopping center or store, or even if you are walking through a parking lot or using a building’s escalator or elevator, you expect to encounter safe conditions. You would not expect to trip in a parking lot, or slip on a wet area in a store. That is because property owners are expected to provide adequate warnings to hazards they are unable to remove immediately. If you do find yourself injured by a hazard left in negligence on a property, you need to contact a slip and fall lawyer right away.
If you were injured because of an uneven walkway, a floor was wet unexpectedly, or if a stairway or parking lot was covered with patches of ice, your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. The failure of the property owner to maintain a safe environment on the premises led to your slip and fall injuries, and that property owner or company needs to be held accountable.
There are a number of different injuries that can arise out of a slip and fall accident. Any of these injuries caused by a slip and fall accident could cause serious harm.
Slip and Fall Injuries
- Fractures – Someone who falls will instinctively reach out to try and break their fall with a hand or arm. This is why broken wrists and bones in the hands are common injuries associated with slip and fall accidents. The height of the fall and the position of landing could lead to more severe injuries such as a broken arm or leg. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling. The elderly are especially subject to hip fractures after a fall. One out of every five patients die within a year following a fall caused by a hip fracture.
- Shoulder Injuries – Another injury commonly caused by instinctively catching oneself is a dislocated shoulder or an injury known as a “brachial plexus injury.” A brachial plexus injury can not only limit movement in the shoulder and arm area, but it can be a painful injury to sustain.
- Head Injuries – It can be easy to hit your head when you fall, whether it is on the ground or on another object that might break your fall. Falling causes a range of head injuries from mild to severe concussions to a more serious traumatic brain injury. According to the CDC, falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
- Back and Spine Injuries – Falling can cause especially serious injuries to the back and spine. Landing wrong in a fall or landing on your back can cause slipped or herniated disks, damage to the vertebrae or other serious issues. One of the most common complaints from accidental injuries or strain is chronic back pain, a painful recurring condition. A fall can also cause severe damage to the spinal cord in more serious situations, resulting in paralysis.
According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries to adults age 65 and older. Of these adults, one in three will fall this year. The elderly are especially susceptible to being severely injured in a slip and fall accident.
Lawsuit Settlement After a Slip and Fall
Our experienced slip and fall accident attorneys in Conyers know the steps to take to protect your rights if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident. We will work quickly to gather evidence proving negligence of the property owner using witness statements, the client’s account, photos of the unsafe property, expert testimony, and even the property owner’s own report of the incident. We represent injured individuals aggressively after slip and fall accidents in premises liability claims across Georgia. Call (770) 766-1636 for a case evaluation.