The term "slip and fall accident" refers to any type of injury sustained as a result of a fall occurring on someone else’s property. Often, these falls are the result of a dangerous condition or negligent maintenance of the premises such as:
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident caused by the property owners negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation through a premises liability lawsuit.
Property owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their premises are kept in a reasonably safe condition. When dangerous conditions exist, a property owner must clearly warn others of the unsafe condition until the necessary repairs can be made. If the property owner was negligent in performing these duties, he may be held liable for your injuries.
Comparative negligence is a doctrine that evaluates your responsibility for the accident in comparison to the other parties involved. In states that work under a comparative negligence system, the court will evaluate the percentage of liability for each party, and your compensation will be reduced by your percentage. For example, if you are determined to be 25% at fault for your slip and fall accident, you will only be entitled to receive 75% of the total compensation you would be owed if the property owner were 100% at fault.
The state of Georgia operates under a modified comparative negligence system. You will be able to receive compensation for your damages as long as you were less than 50% at fault for the accident, and your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault. However, if it is determined that you are more than 50% at fault for your slip and fall accident, you not be able to recover any damages.
Depending on the specific facts involved in your slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the following damages:
If your slip and fall accident occurred on public property or at a business establishment, you should request that a report be filled out to document the events of your accident. If your slip and fall accident occurs at a private residence and you are unable to fill out an accident report, then you should carefully document what happened as soon as possible. Make sure to keep a record of the following information:
Please contact Robbins & Associates today to schedule your free slip and fall accident consultation. Laurie Robbins serves clients in Atlanta, Georgia.
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