Slip & Fall – FAQ
Slip & fall accidents are common – particularly for older people in high traffic areas. In this kind of accident, just as the name implies, the injury is the result of a slip on a surface that results in a fall or jerk.If you are injured in such an incident, the first step should be to get medical attention. After the injuries have been assessed, you can decide whether your injury should be discussed with a lawyer. We are happy to discuss your case and help you with decisions relating to how to proceed. There is no obligation and the consultation is free. In our experience, the sooner you talk to a lawyer the better, because the technology now available may allow us to capture the data or video of the incident. The lawyers at the law offices of Gary Bruce strongly believe that even if we are not able to obtain video immediately, we can make efforts to ensure the responsible party secures and protects the evidence so that it is not lost. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.
Every case is different, but some of the factors include:
- The amount of medical treatment required
- If the injury has affected your ability to earn a living, and the duration of that
- Amount of help needed to complete normal daily tasks (outside of work)
- If you were responsible for the accident or if the accident was a result of a dangerous surface
If you think you have a case, you should consult a lawyer to discuss the matter and preserve all of the evidence as soon as possible. You should gather names of witnesses and take photographs if you can. Notice of the problem is the most important issue in a fall down case – did the owner of the property know of the problem and fail to clear or warn of the hazard? If those facts can be proven, then it can be argued that the owners of the premises has responsibility for the accident because he or she was negligent, or did not take ordinary care, to keep the premises safe.
The insurance company for the owner will probably ask you to give a recorded statement outlining what happened. We like to be involved in giving such statements since giving that statement to a trained adjuster to illicit harmful responses can be a problem later in a case. If you have been injured and are seeking medical care, make sure to contact our office as soon as possible. The statute of limitations, or amount of time that you have to file a personal injury lawsuit, in Georgia is only two years; but more importantly, evidence can be lost and problems can develop when too much time elapses. We are happy to meet, face to face, for a no obligation and free consultation to discuss your case.