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Slip and falls can occur both indoors and outdoors for a variety of different reasons. In some cases, these accidents occur because of something that the accident victim does or fails to do – like failing to wear proper footwear. At other times, these accidents occur because the property owner fails to keep his or her premises in a reasonably safe condition.


If you have been injured in a Georgia slip and fall accident, you may be able to take legal action against the owner of the property. At Slappey & Sadd, LLC, we have been representing victims of Georgia slip and fall accidents for many years. Our legal team regularly handles personal injury matters in Fulton County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Muscogee County, Newton County, Richmond County, Troup County, Walton County, and Whitfield County. Let us help you pursue the compensation you deserve today.

Slip and fall accidents sometimes occur when property owners fail to reasonably maintain their properties. Some common causes of these accidents include:

A silhouette on a man bending over holding his back.It’s quite common to hurt your back in an accident. Unfortunately, unless they experience a back injury that requires hospitalization, too many people ignore their back injury and assume that it will get better over time. They subsequently discover, often too late, that their injury is more serious than they thought and will require extensive medical treatment in order to make a full recovery.

Common Causes of Back Injuries

Back injuries can be caused in many different ways and sometimes in ways you wouldn’t expect. We’ve helped thousands of clients recover compensation from back injuries caused by the following accidents:

An illustration of a person fallingFalling as a result of slipping or tripping can result in serious injuries – broken bones, torn ligaments, deep lacerations, facial fractures, and broken teeth. These injuries can require surgery, physical therapy, and weeks or months of recovery. If you’ve fallen on someone else’s property and have been injured, the question then becomes whether or not the property owner can be held liable for your injuries and resulting losses.

In many cases, these falls are the result of the property owner’s negligence – they failed to maintain their property in a condition that was safe for their guests and other visitors. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you assess whether the property owner should be held liable and whether you can recover compensation for your injuries.

However, even if the property owner failed to maintain their property in a safe condition, it may come as no surprise that the property owner is likely to claim that they should not be held liable for your injuries.

A doctor holding a chartAccidents happen every day. Thankfully, most of them are minor, but many can result in life-changing injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may have a legal claim against them in order to receive compensation for your injuries. However, there are first five things you need to do in order to protect your rights.

Seek Medical Treatment

Your health is your most important asset. If you didn’t see a doctor right after the accident and are in pain, go get checked out. It’s not uncommon for some injuries to manifest themselves days or even weeks after an accident. Your symptoms could signal a more serious injury, and you’ll need medical treatment in order to make a full recovery.  

IciclesWhile Georgia may not see much snow, we do get plenty of ice. We tend to worry primarily about ice when behind the wheel of our car, but it’s important to remember that ice can lead to falls and very serious injuries. Cuts, scrapes, and bruises may not require much treatment, but some falls result in broken bones, concussions, and other injuries that can require surgery and time off of work. In those cases, you may be entitled to compensation from the property owner for negligence, but it’s important to understand how to make your claim.  


Principles of Premises Liability

Whether or not a property owner should be held liable for someone else’s injury is typically determined by a negligence standard. Most people understand negligence to mean careless or reckless behavior. In the context of premises liability, a property owner is negligent when he or she fails to maintain the property according to a standard of ordinary prudence under the circumstances. For example, a property owner could be held liable if someone fell on a staircase that was the main entry to the building and in obvious need of repair. So, the questions that typically need to be answered in this scenario are as follows:

An overhead view of a baseball stadiumIt’s October – college and professional football seasons are in full swing, and the Braves are in the playoffs! Concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment events can be a great way to spend time with friends and family. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and some accidents can result in serious injury. If you’ve been injured at a stadium, arena, nightclub, or other entertainment venue, you may want to speak with a lawyer in order to understand your rights.  

The Venue’s Obligation to Keep You Safe

Just like any other property owner, the venue owner has a duty to maintain and operate the venue so as to ensure the safety of the guests. This includes things like fixing broken railings, broken seats, and repairing other hazards, but also placing the appropriate signage concerning potential hazards that can’t be removed. When the venue owner fails to do these things, the owner may be potentially liable for any injuries that result due to their failure to maintain and operate the property appropriately.  

slip-up-709045_1920-300x200While most slip and fall accidents bruise nothing but our pride, some falls can result in serious injury. Property owners owe a duty to their guests and other visitors to ensure that their property is safe and free from hazards. In the event that the property owner negligently maintains his property causing someone to be injured, the property owner may be held liable for the victim’s medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses.  

But what if you can’t tell who owns the property? This issue can be somewhat complicated when a slip and fall injury occurs at a condominium or homeowners association.  

Condominiums

If you’ve ever had to care for an older parent or relative in your home, you know how stressful it can be. They are unsteady on their feet, and the constant fear that they will fall and injure themselves has you sitting up in bed at the slightest sound. Eventually, you realize that your home isn’t equipped to meet their needs, and so you move them into a home that is better suited for their mobility issues. We all assume that nursing homes and assisted living facilities provide a safe environment for our elders. Who is at fault when they fall and get injured?  

Negligence in the Nursing Home Context

We’ve written previously about how to define negligence, but to review, someone is negligent when they fail to act with the same level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances. It’s important to note the phrase “under the same circumstances” in order to understand that what may be negligence in one situation is not negligence in another. To apply it to the context of this post, what may constitute negligence in a nursing home may not be considered negligence in an apartment context. Here are some examples of potential negligence in nursing homes and other assisted living facilities:

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