Slip & Fall Accident Lawyer in Atlanta

Every year, slip and fall accidents injure countless people in Atlanta and in surrounding areas. People fall unexpectedly in public and private properties, often because of some hazard on the ground that should have been fixed.

If you injured yourself after a fall, you might receive compensation from the property owner, but this is a complicated claim to make. Please contact MG Law today to discuss your case.

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Common Causes Of Slip & Fall Accidents

Slip and falls can happen in public buildings, on private property, and in businesses and other establishments. There are many hazards that can make the premises dangerous, such as:

  • Freshly washed or waxed floors
  • Debris or garbage
  • Condensation
  • Spilled liquids
  • Wet leaves
  • Water or ice
  • Worn carpeting

Other people slip or fall because of the layout of the premises. Poor lighting, for example, can make it hard to identify where you put your foot, or bright lights could create blinding glare. Stairs might also be poorly designed so that it is easy to slip.

Not every fall is the result of a hazard. For example, a pedestrian could have been distracted by their phone and not watched where they were going. This is always a possibility, and many defendants claim that a victim’s own negligence contributed to their fall.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Many of the injuries our clients suffer are caused by the fall, in particular hitting something. We have seen people struggle with blunt trauma injuries, such as:

  • Fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord damage

When a person falls down a flight of steps, they can suffer multiple traumatic injuries as they strike each step on their way down to the ground.

If you were injured, please seek out medical attention promptly. The sooner you receive treatment, the better your odds of making a recovery.

Identifying Who To Sue

Every case poses certain questions that our Atlanta slip and fall accident lawyers must answer: “Who is in control of the property?” The person in control could be the owner, the tenant, or a property management company. We need to identify this person before we can make a legal claim.

Second, we ask: “What caused the accident?” If there was a hazard, was the premises owner aware of it? In some situations, the owner might have created the hazard, in which case they know that it is dangerous. In other situations, a hazard (like condensation) could form naturally, but a premises owner should still discover it if they are reasonably careful about maintaining their property.

Legal Standards In Slip and Fall Accidents

A victim cannot sue simply because they fell on someone’s property and were hurt. Instead, they need to show that the premises owner did not use adequate care. Under Georgia law, the amount of care is determined by the status of the person visiting the property.

If you were invited onto the property, then you are an “invitee,” who is owed the highest amount of care. Under O.C.G.A. § 51-3-1, an owner or occupier must use “ordinary care” to keep the premises safe. Often, this means that they must promptly fix any hazards they are aware of and, sometimes, actively find problems by walking around the premises.

If you are not an invitee, you might be a “licensee,” which is someone who enters the property for their own convenience or pleasure but is permitted to stay on the property. For example, someone who tailgates in a parking lot has not been invited, even if the parking lot owner allows them to stay.

Licensees are owed a much lower standard of care. In sum, O.G.C.A. § 51-3-2 states that a premises owner only owes them a duty not to injure them willfully or wantonly. In everyday language, this means not intentionally or recklessly harming someone, which is a low bar.

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How We Can Help

Slip and fall cases are fact specific. A lot depends on what the property owner knew about the property, who or what caused the hazard, and whether a person was warned to be careful. At MG Law, we help injured victims by carefully investigating their claims and identifying whether they have legal grounds to sue.

Ideally, you should take a photograph of any hazard that causes you to fall. For example, if you slipped on a cup of spilled coffee, then get a picture using your smart phone before the owner can clean it up. Otherwise, the owner or occupier might claim you tripped over your own feet.

Please contact us today. These are difficult cases, and our attorneys possess the knowledge necessary to make a successful claim.


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