A slip and fall accident can leave you in extreme physical, emotional, and financial distress. Severe injuries can result in missed work, high medical expenses, and intensive rehabilitation. If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, the property owner may be liable for your injury and associated expenses.
The slip and fall lawyers at the Law Offices of Gary Bruce can help you determine whether you have a case. Our many years of experience and our passion for justice make us effective and powerful representatives for our clients. By evaluating your accident, we can advise you on how to best proceed to get the compensation you deserve.
Premises Liability Cases
Slip and fall accidents that occur on another person’s property are considered premises liability cases. Premises liability refers to a property owner’s duty to keep their home, store, or business in a safe condition. When that duty is not met, a property owner can be considered negligent and may be held responsible for an injury you suffer on the premises. Among a property owner’s responsibilities are:
- Maintaining hazard-free walkways – Debris must be cleared, cracks and uneven surfaces must be repaired, and adequate lighting must be in place and functional.
- Repairs – Broken or damaged fixtures, handrails, and stairs must be fixed in a reasonable time frame. If a repair has been needed for an extended period of time, the property owner is more likely to be held liable for a related injury.
- Security – Providing inadequate security features, such as poor lighting in a parking garage, can be considered negligence.
- Warning visitors of hazards – If a dangerous condition exists, the property owner is responsible for notifying visitors to the premises and taking reasonable measures to mark the area with signs or by roping the area off.
Your Slip and Fall Accident
When our lawyers assess your case, they will consider several factors. While every case is different, some components we consider in all cases are the:
- Cause of your fall – We will investigate whether negligence of the property owner resulted in your accident, or if there was another cause.
- Severity of your injury – A minor scrape or bruise will have minimal impact on your life. However, some slip and fall injuries, such as spinal cord injuries and head and neck injuries can have catastrophic results.
Severe injuries can cause long-term or permanent disability, prevent you from returning to work or to your career, and require extensive medical treatments and rehabilitation. In these extreme cases, our lawyers work tirelessly to get our clients the compensation they need to be able to heal, recover, and move forward.
- Reason you were on the premises – Different degrees of liability apply to different types of visitors. Property owners have the greatest responsibility to invited guests, which include social visitors and store patrons. Property owners also have an obligation to licensed visitors, such as a person approved to be on the property to perform a task. In contrast, a person on the premises without authorization may not be entitled to any compensation if they are injured.
Contact Our Slip and Fall Attorneys for a Free Consultation in Columbus
A no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our slip and fall attorneys is the best way to find out if you have a case. We have the experience and knowledge to assess the accident details and deal with insurance companies to get you the compensation you need.
We serve clients in Fort Benning, Columbus, and the surrounding areas of Georgia. We also serve the Phenix City area of Alabama. Call us today at 706-596-1446.