These are common hazards that most property owners should be aware of. Failure to prevent these personal injury risks could be negligence if a “reasonable and prudent” party would have been able to do so. You might need a premises liability attorney to help you learn whether someone was negligent in failing to prevent your slip and fall. If so, you could be eligible for compensation. Contact our Georgia slip and fall accident lawyers today.
Slip-and-falls are some of the most common premises liability accidents. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, more than one million emergency room visits per year stem from slip-and-fall accidents. Bone fractures are the most serious common injury related to these accidents. Fractures of the hip in the elderly could lead to fatal complications. These accidents are the number one cause of workers’ compensation claims. About 50% of all home deaths result from falls – most of which occur on ground level.
Broken bones (especially in the wrists and hips), sprains, and strains are some of the most common slip-and-fall accident injuries. Injuries to the skull and brain are also common and can occur if the victim hits his/her head in the fall. Slip-and-fall accidents from heights also run the risk of serious spinal cord injuries and broken bones elsewhere in the body. Elderly people are most at risk of fatal injuries and health complications from slip-and-fall accidents.
Georgia premises liability laws state that is a property owner’s legal duty to be aware of common fall hazards and to take steps to ensure they don’t exist on a property. If the owner welcomes invitees to his or her premises (invited guests such as customers at a business), that owner owes them the highest standards of care.
This means the owner must check the property for unknown hazards, repair known ones, and warn visitors of hazards present on the premises. Failure to adhere to these duties, resulting in a preventable slip-and-fall accident, is negligence. Other types of visitors – licensees and child trespassers – also come with certain (lesser) duties of care depending on the situation.
Your slip-and-fall accident case deserves attention from experienced Georgia slip and fall accident lawyers. Dermer Appel Ruder has the resources and hands-on experience with the insurance industry to optimize your odds of a successful claim. We can assist you in accident investigation and naming the defendant, as well as negotiating for a fair settlement from the property owner’ or occupier’s insurance company.
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