Representing Clients after Slip and Fall Injuries in Forsyth County and North Georgia
When you head out to pick up groceries, to grab a takeout meal, or to do anything else on someone else’s property, the last thing you expect to happen is to be injured in the process. When business owners, however, fail to maintain their properties reasonably safely, slip and fall accidents can ensue. While the term “slip and fall” might not cause you much concern, the truth is that such accidents can result in surprisingly serious injuries – and they often do just that. If a property owner’s negligence leaves you injured in a slip and fall accident, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Georgia slip and fall attorney. Contact Banks, Stubbs & McFarland, LLP, for help today.
While nearly anything can lead to a slip and fall, there are several common causes that are most closely associated with this type of accident, including:
- Parking lots and outdoor walkways that are in general disrepair, that have broken, buckled, cracked, uneven, or crumbling surfaces, that are otherwise worn, that are made slippery by weather, or that are littered with debris
- Business entryways that are made slippery from tracked-in debris or weather, are poorly lit, are unsafely designed, or have dangerously worn walking surfaces
- Aisles and common walking areas that are poorly lit, are made slippery by spills or debris, or are obstructed by signage or promotional displays
- Staircases that are poorly lit, faultily designed, dangerously worn, or made slippery by spills, tracked-in weather, or debris
Any of these and more can lead to serious slip and fall accidents and injuries.
Elements of a Slip and Fall Case
In order to bring a successful slip and fall case, the following elements must apply:
- The property owner must have had a duty to you as a visitor of the property – most slip and fall accidents that occur at businesses easily qualify on this point. For example, when you enter a grocery store, you enter as an invited guest, which means the property owner owes you a necessary duty.
- The property owner must have breached his or her duty to you, which generally means that he or she must have failed to keep the property reasonably safe or failed to adequately warn you regarding the risks of injury. To continue with the above example, if a gallon of milk spills in the dairy aisle and causes you to slip and fall, the property owner’s duty to you may have been breached (if he or she should have reasonably known about the spill).
- You must be able to demonstrate that the injuries you incurred were the direct result of the property owner’s breach. This means that, in our example, the spilled milk caused you to fall and is directly responsible for your injuries.
- You must have incurred damages as a result of your injuries, which can include medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
An Experienced Cumming Slip and Fall Attorney Can Help
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, the dedicated North Georgia slip and fall attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland, LLP, are on your side. Our experienced legal team has decades of experience helping clients like you obtain the compensation to which they are entitled, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (770) 887-1209 for more information today.