Slip and Fall Lawyer in Macon
Most of the time a slip and fall accident does not produce a serious injury. You may catch yourself or experience slight bruising but never need to seek treatment. In these cases, you may not need to file a lawsuit against a property owner. If you broke your arm, suffered a traumatic brain injury, or the property owner was grossly negligent, you may want to contact an attorney to learn more about your ability to pursue a personal injury claim.
Slip and Fall and Unsafe Premises
These types of accidents fall under the category of unsafe premises claims. You slipped because a property owner did not adequately maintain the property or warn you about the hazard. Premises liability laws explain why you may see notices posted in an amusement park and why you may need to sign a liability waiver before you go into a haunted house.
All property owners and operators have a duty to keep their premises reasonably maintained. For commercial businesses, that obligation extends to the interior, doorways, and in many cases, the parking lot of the establishment. An owner/operator is liable for any hazards he or she knew about or should have reasonably discovered.
Slip and Fall Causes and Injuries
A slip and fall accident may occur when a property owner/operator fails to:
- Warn visitors about any known hazard
- Mark uneven sidewalks or floors
- Mark or clean up a spill
- Adequately and safely store hazardous chemicals and substances
- Properly stock shelves
- Address structural problems that are not up to code
- Provide adequate lighting throughout the premises
- Repair plumbing or electrical hazards
- Have defective chairs, railings, or tables
Head and brain injuries are common in slip and fall accidents. A victim may not have time to protect his or her head while falling or a falling object may strike and cause a head injury. Broken bones and torn ligaments are also common. After an accident, an injured individual may need to spend time in the hospital and take time off work while trying to balance living and medical expenses. Filing a lawsuit against the negligent party allows a victim to focus on healing instead of worrying about the future.
The Changing Nature of Slip and Fall Accidents
Premises liability laws change constantly, and slip and fall accidents are some of the most difficult injury claims. To secure a settlement, the plaintiff must prove the owner or operator knew or should have known about the hazard. Proving someone knew or should have known about something can be a tall order. Not every attorney is up to the challenge of fully protecting a client’s right to compensation.
At Nelson & Smith, we’ve seen slip and fall cases in all types of environments and circumstances. We understand the regulations that govern premises liability laws, and we know which pieces of evidence to look for to prove an owner or operator should have taken action.
After a slip and fall accident, contact an attorney as soon as you can. Collecting evidence is a key factor in securing a fair settlement, and evidence can disappear quickly in commercial settings. When you contact us to discuss your case during a free no-obligation consultation, we can help you make an informed decision about taking legal action. A qualified attorney will help you through your case from beginning to end. Our services extend to finding qualified medical support and answering any questions you may have, day or night.
We pursue every case aggressively, while ensuring our clients can focus on recovery. If you or a loved one is suffering after a slip and fall accident, contact our team in Macon today.