A slip and fall can happen to anyone, regardless of age. And it often happens when you least expect it. Slip and fall accidents can leave you badly hurt, affecting your health, your finances, and your life.
If you were hurt in a slip and fall accident in Georgia, you may be able to sue the property owner or manager who failed to keep their property safe.
However, recovering damages for your slip and fall can be difficult, because Georgia law has specific laws and regulations for premises liability cases. In this article, you will learn what to do after a slip and fall accident, and how to get help from a seasoned slip and fall lawyer in Georgia.
Know Your Rights in a Georgia Slip and Fall Case
You can slip and fall because of dangers like wet floors, uneven surfaces, or hidden things. If property owners do not fix or warn about these dangers, and you slip and fall because of them, they can be sued for your injuries. These accidents can happen anywhere—from businesses to homes—and knowing the law helps you understand your rights.
Immediate Steps to Take Following the Accident
Step 1: Take Photos
If you don’t need emergency help, take photos of the site and any hazards, such as wet floors, loose cables, or bad lighting. You can even take photos to prove the absence of warning signs. Furthermore, it’s important to take photos of your injuries before any treatment. If there were witnesses, get their contacts, and look for security cameras that recorded the accident.
Step 2: Report the Accident
Before you leave, report the accident to the property manager or owner. Tell them what happened and ask for a copy of the incident report. Make sure they file an official report, and get a copy. If they had cameras, ask for the video, as it can help your claim.
After reporting the incident, it’s critical to address your injuries.
Step 3: See a Doctor
Even if you don’t think you’re severely injured, see a doctor right away. Some injuries, like internal ones, may not show up immediately. Plus, delaying a doctor visit makes your injury appear less serious.
A doctor can also document your injuries and treatment plan, which can be used as evidence in your claim. It’s important to diligently follow the treatment plan, as it shows the necessity of (and your commitment to) recovery.
Next, let’s discuss how to handle interactions with insurance companies.
Step 4: Avoid Speaking to the Property Owner’s Insurance Company
The property owner’s insurance company may call you after a slip and fall. Remember that they likely care more about their bottom line than your health and well-being. They may offer you a low settlement. Don’t talk to them or agree to anything before you talk to your lawyer. Anything you say to them can hurt your claim.
Step 5: Call a Lawyer
Georgia has a rule that can lower or stop your compensation if you were partly to blame for the accident. For example, if you were 20% at fault, your compensation will be 20% less. An experienced lawyer can help you with this process, making sure your rights are protected and you get fair money for your injuries and losses.
Your Fight Is Our Fight
Slip and fall accidents can leave you physically hurt and emotionally distraught. For the sake of your health and your legal claim, you need to understand the steps to take after an accident.
After a slip and fall, one of the most important steps is to contact an experienced lawyer. At Flanagan Law, your case is more than a file number—your story and the outcome of your case matters deeply to us. Schedule a free consultation today to learn how we can help. Your journey to justice starts here.