Business owners in Georgia have a responsibility to keep the inside and outside areas of the business free from anything that clients or employees can slip or trip on. When someone does fall and hurt themselves, the owner may be liable for injuries depending on the specific situation.
Most may think that the resolution of premises liability litigation in Rome would be fairly straightforward: one slips and falls, sues the owner of the property the accident occurs, and the matter is handled from their. Yet personal injury cases are rarely they simple, and can often involve complexities that may challenge even the most experienced attorneys. A failure to recognize those complexities could seriously hinder one's chances at succeeding with their civil action.
As residents of Georgia grow older, one concern they tend to have is falling. In fact, according to an article published by Forbes, every year, one-fourth of seniors over 65 years old report a fall. Falls also account for 95 percent of hip fractures each year and is the most common reason seniors are admitted to the hospital for none-fatal trauma.
You could slip or trip and fall anywhere in Georgia, and your first impulse may be to get up and move on. However, hurrying away after the accident could be one of the worst things you can do. We at Cromartie Law understand the importance of taking precautions after a slip-and-fall accident.
The theory of premises liability states that when a Georgia property owner fails to maintain his or her building or land, repair dangerous conditions and/or provide adequate warning for dangerous conditions, the courts may hold him or her accountable for any injuries visitors sustain as a result of the dangerous condition. The most common premises liability claims and lawsuits involve slip and fall injuries. Though premises liability law strongly favors plaintiffs, there are instances in which the courts hold the injured parties accountable for their own injuries.
Injuries happen in myriad ways and circumstances in Georgia, and every person's experience is unique. Statistically, though, people are most likely to suffer a preventable fatal injury in one of three situations. According to the National Safety Council's Injury Facts, between 1999 and 2016, the top three for all ages were motor vehicle accidents, falls and poisoning (which includes overdoses).
People who slip and fall on a slick surface in a Georgia restaurant, store or other commercial establishment will probably throw out a hand to try to catch themselves. This is the most common response, and Johns Hopkins Medicine notes that it is the reason that distal radius fractures occur more than any other broken bone.
You probably have already heard that as an adult over the age of 65, you are in the age group most likely to fall, and also the group most likely to suffer injuries that require medical assistance at a Georgia hospital. We at Cromartie Law have often assisted seniors in taking the right actions after being injured in a fall.
Many people view a fall as an embarrassing event and hope no one noticed. However, when someone else's negligence is the source of the accident, it can be good to have witnesses and other evidence, particularly if you have sustained a serious injury as a result. At Cromartie Law, our legal team often provides advice to people who want to hold the responsible person liable for the physical, emotional and financial damages of a fall.
No matter where you are or what you are doing in Georgia, if you slip or trip and fall, you could be at risk for an injury. If you are looking at a smartphone or are distracted in another way, you may be responsible for the harm you suffer and the costs of medical attention. However, if your environment causes the fall in some way, the person who is responsible for the safe maintenance of the property may be at fault. Our legal team at Cromartie Law often helps clients analyze whether someone else's failure to make an area safe caused a fall.