Dangerous property causes accidents and injuries

A slip, trip, or fall accident on someone else’s property is a type of premises liability case. Slips and falls are often minor accidents, but sometimes they can lead to serious injuries or even death. There are many property hazards that may result in slip and fall accidents, including:

  • Broken steps
  • Cracks in sidewalks
  • Rain, ice or snow
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Parking lot potholes
  • Spilled liquids or debris
  • Torn carpeting
  • Uneven flooring
  • Wet floors

If you have been seriously injured in a slip, trip, or fall accident, it is wise to contact the slip and fall attorneys of Hartman-Imbriale to discuss the conditions surrounding your injury and determine if you have a case.

What to do if you slip, trip, or fall

Sometimes, serious injuries from accidents are immediately apparent—for example, if you break a bone or are bleeding profusely. But in others, you may not even feel injured in the immediate aftermath. Regardless, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible following your accident. Serious soft tissue and other injuries often make themselves felt only days or weeks later. Be aware that the longer the time between your accident and when you go to the doctor, the less the insurance company will try to get away with paying for your injuries.

To protect your interests, go to your doctor immediately and then contact a Georgia slip and fall attorney at Hartman-Imbriale.

Determining if the property owner is at fault

To be legally responsible for your injuries resulting from a slip, trip, or fall on their property, the owner of the premises or an employee must be found liable for at least one of the following:

  • Caused the spill, worn, or torn spot or other slippery or dangerous surface or item to be underfoot
  • Knew about the dangerous surface but did nothing about it
  • Failed to recognize a dangerous surface that a reasonable person taking care of the property should have discovered and removed or repaired

Judges and juries often decide liability in these cases based on common sense, after considering if the steps the owner or occupier took to keep the property safe were reasonable

Our slip and fall lawyers have extensive experience and an outstanding record of success in taking slip, trip and fall cases for our clients to trial and obtaining large verdicts for them. Most recently, our Cherokee County premises liability attorneys won $1.78 million for a slip and fall due to leaking water from AC units, causing post concussion syndrome. This was a record high verdict in a small county.

Contact us today

The right legal representation can play an integral role in achieving a positive outcome in your case. At Hartman-Imbriale, we are prepared to assist you in your personal injury, real estate, motor vehicle accident, wrongful death, or workers compensation case and stand ready to draft or review any business contracts, wills and trusts. Contact our lawyers online or at 678-445-7423 today for assistance.