With over 30 years of experience, Atlanta attorney W. Winston Briggs is here to help you or your loved one fight for, and receive, the compensation you deserve for your injuries due to a slip, or trip, and fall accident.

We understand that not all injuries caused by slipping and falling on another’s property can result in recoverable damages, but our firm employs skilled experts, including engineers, accident re-constructionists and medical experts, who can determine if an injury was due to unreasonable or defective conditions on the property.

Winston recently represented a client in a slip and fall case, where he received a $700,000 settlement for her after she slipped in her office building. Whether your slip, or trip, and fall incident occurred in your office building or in the parking lot at the grocery store, Winston Briggs will work with you to determine if you have a viable lawsuit.

What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is the liability of a property owner who fails to maintain a reasonably safe environment for those who visit and enter the property.     People who enter a landowner’s property with permission are known as invitees and have a reasonable expectation that they will not be injured once they set foot on the property. If they are injured due to the an unreasonable hazard or condition on the property they have a claim against the property owner for the injuries they sustain.

Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents are second to car accidents for injuries and even accidental death. In the state of Georgia, the owner or occupier of the property must be negligent in some way in order to be held liable for any injuries sustained at their location. If you have suffered from an injury due to a slip, or trip, and fall accident and the owner was aware of the dangerous condition, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.

What to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident

Immediately after you’ve been involved in a slip, or trip, and fall accident, it is imperative you do the following in order to prove that the property owner was negligent:

  • Take photographs of the dangerous condition and your injuries.
  • Fill out an incident report, or written documentation.
  • Obtain the name(s) of the property owner(s) who were present.
  • Reach out to witnesses for a statement.
  • Seek medical treatment.
  • Contact experienced Atlanta slip and fall attorney W. Winston Briggs.

It is extremely important that you contact an attorney after you have been the victim of a slip, or trip, and fall accident. This is because witnesses will oftentimes forget all of the necessary details to prove that the property owner was negligent or over a period of time additional details are at risk of being lost or destroyed.

Causes of Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents

Many types of slip, trip and fall accidents can be caused by the following:

  • Poorly aligned sidewalks
  • Broken steps or platforms
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Food or foreign substances
  • Icy sidewalks or stairways
  • Loose rugs or carpeting
  • Debris or obstacles
  • Loose handrails

In most slip and fall cases, those injured suffer from back injuries. This type of injury is the most difficult to diagnose and treat, especially when the severity of this injury does not become apparent right away, but months down the road. As with any personal injury claim, the victim has the potential to become compensated for the following:

  • Lost wages or loss of income.
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering

Be sure to keep records of all your medical bills and supporting documentation for these types of claims. In Georgia, there is a limit to the length of time you are able to file a slip, or trip, and fall lawsuit. Due to the complexity of these cases, it is important to contact an experienced Atlanta slip and fall attorney from our firm to assist you in proving your claim for compensation for your injuries.

What You Need in an Atlanta Slip & Fall Lawsuit

When an individual has been injured in a slip and fall accident, under Georgia Law they must satisfy the following to have a valid claim:

  • The property owner was aware of the dangerous condition or should have reasonably known.
  • The victim was unaware of the dangerous condition.

Attorney W. Winston Briggs can help you prove your case by gathering and presenting evidence that the dangerous condition or unreasonable hazard existed for an extended period of time. Therefore, it should have been discovered by the property owner or they should have exercised reasonable care in inspecting the premises and resolving or eliminating the problem.

Handling the Insurance Company

An insurance company is likely to contact you about the incident. But remember, they are representing the property owner, not you. Their goal is to avoid liability by claiming that the individual injured due to the unsafe condition could have somehow avoided slipping, or tripping, and falling.  They may also seek to assert that your injuries are unrelated to your fall.

Always be careful when providing them with information regarding your accident as they are known to ask leading questions designed to defeat your claim and recovery. Before giving any statements, speak to attorney Winston Briggs first so that he can best advise you of your rights under Georgia law.

How the W. Winston Briggs Law Firm Can Help

Winston is available to help you prove your injuries resulted from the property owner failing to make sure it was free from dangerous hazards. He will assist you and your case by doing the following:

1. Gathering Evidence 2. Assessing Your Injuries 3. Negotiating a settlement 4. Filing Suit
Winston will help you collect statements from witnesses, gain access to video surveillance, receive copies of accident reports, and more.

Contact our Atlanta slip and fall law firm today for a free consultation to discuss your claim. You can reach us by phone at 404-692-6160 or via e-mail. We take most cases on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay any attorney’s fees unless we win compensation for you.

Slip & Fall Accident FAQ’s:

  • Does an accident report have to be filed at the time of the fall?
  • What information might the insurance company ask me for?
  • Should I answer questions from the insurance company?
  • Who is most at risk for slip, or trip, and fall injuries?
  • If I fall at my place of work, am I able to sue my employer?

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Suffering a serious injury due to another person’s negligence can change your life in an instant. Without warning, you can be facing massive medical bills and find yourself unable to work. Once you have received medical care for your immediate injuries, it is important that you seek the advice of a reputable personal injury lawyer in Atlanta who can help you understand your rights.

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The Briggs Law Firm specializes in representing people and the families of people injured or killed due to the carelessness and recklessness of others. Our founder, W. Winston Briggs, has tried more than 200 jury trials in his 30 year career. Mr. Briggs is a skilled trial lawyer well known for his ability and willingness to try cases. That results in higher settlements to our clients because insurance companies recognize that Mr. Briggs is a seasoned and fearless litigator who will try cases if they don’t pay the full value of the claim. If the case must be tried, there is no better firm to have on your side.

Winston and his team were the best I’ve ever dealt with. Honestly, I’ve hired many law firms in the past 10 years and no other law firm made me feel as important as Winston Briggs. To them I wasn’t just another case, I was family and for that I’m forever grateful. They got me a settlement that I deserved and they fought tooth and nails to make sure I wasn’t being taken advantage of. Nicole, kept me updated with my case’s progress and anytime I had a question she was on it! I felt like I was the only client because of how personalized they made it feel. Best of the best hands down. Thank you once again for everything you did for my family and I!
EM Watson, Former Client
After interviewing attorneys recommended by other cyclists, I engaged W. Winston Briggs as my attorney because he seemed to have the best grasp of my situation and because, of the attorneys I interviewed, Winston had the most litigation experience. Six months after the collision, we have received a policy limit settlement from the driver’s insurance company, and Mr. Briggs has addressed the subrogation claim of my health insurance company, resulting in a substantial reduction of their claim.
Tom Erdmanczyk, Former Client
The case required Mr. Briggs to make numerous trips to Virginia to take on the responsible parties on their home turf. Although it required significant effort, at the end of the day, Mr. Briggs successfully forced the responsible companies to accept responsibility for my husband’s death and to pay a settlement that will take care of my son and me over the course of our lives. The event was tragic but I am very pleased that I hired Winston to represent me and my son in the case.”
Mary Ann Garrard, Former Client
I injured myself requiring surgery when I fell at a hotel in New Orleans while on business. The insurance company for the hotel initially denied responsibility for my injury and then later offered me only a modest sum to settle the case, claiming there were multiple problems with my claim. I retained Winston Briggs to handle my claim and he did the rest. Without having to go through a lawsuit, Mr. Briggs convinced the hotel’s insurance company to pay more than six times the amount they had offered me to settle the claim before I hired Mr. Briggs. I hope I never need his services again but, if I do, I wouldn’t think of hiring any other attorney to represent me.
Ed Dietzel, Former Client
I am extremely pleased I hired The Briggs Law Firm and would highly recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in the position of needing a personal injury lawyer, and particularly, one who has been injured in a bicycle accident. Once the insurance carriers learned Mr. Briggs was my lawyer, they accepted responsibility for the accident and compensated me for my injuries.
Bruce Fernald, Former Client
To those injured; I’m writing to show everyone out there that Mr.Winston Briggs is here to help you. As he listened to my story I realized that he sincerely cared and knew that, even though the injury occurred, he was able to see forward and find ways to help. Winston through the years has demonstrated that he is on the cutting edge of injury recovery. He makes a painful process turn into a more profitable and emotional reward...
Brandon Johnson, Former Client
Attorney Briggs accepted my case, within a month the defendant was served, and less than a year my case was settled. To him I am indebted for his enthusiastic, encouragement and support he and his staff offered throughout the handling of my case. Unlike any other law firm, they continue to keep me in the loop on how my case progressed. I highly recommend Winston Briggs Law Firm to anyone looking for an attorney in Atlanta who cares and have integrity in his work getting the case settled, without a doubt, he’s the Best!
Camille, Former Client

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