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.
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