FAQs About Georgia’s Premises Liability Laws
We are in our third decade of practicing injury law, and over the years, we have answered many questions and helped alleviate many burdens for people who were struggling in the aftermath of slip-and-fall accidents and trip-and-fall accidents.
To help you better understand premises liability issues in Georgia, we have compiled this list of frequently asked questions. If you want to discuss your case with an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer, contact us today to arrange a free consultation: 404-692-7474. Our attorneys represent injury victims in the Atlanta Metro area and throughout Georgia.
What specific steps should I take after a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident?
If you fall on a dangerous property, report the fall and the hazard immediately. If there are any witnesses, try to get their names on the incident report. Then seek medical treatment right away.
Important: Always report your fall immediately after it happens. Do not leave the premises — whether it’s a store, a parking lot, a hotel or other property — without reporting your fall to the management of the store or property. Telling a manager or property owner sometime later that you fell on their property will not always be believed, and this can make your case much more difficult to prove.
Do I need to know what caused me to fall?
Always know what caused you to fall. Be aware of your surroundings. If you are unable to say with some degree of certainty what caused you to fall, you almost certainly will not have a case.
Do I need an accident report at the location?
Try to make sure that some type of incident/accident report is filled out by a store employee, preferably a store manager, immediately after you have fallen. And try your hardest to get a copy of that report for your own records.
Do I need witnesses?
Get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses who saw you fall. Witnesses may include other customers, store employees and store managers. This is very important and can strengthen your case significantly.
What should I notice about the area where I fell?
Look at the area where you fell for any caution signs. Be aware that store employees may try to put caution signs or cones in the area after you fell, and say they were already there prior to your fall. So be sure to look at the area right after your fall.
Should I take pictures?
Take pictures of the hazard that caused you to fall. This is often the best way to preserve the evidence that helps prove the property owner’s negligence. Once a hazard has been reported, it will likely be fixed quickly, so take pictures of the scene as quickly as possible.
What should I say to the store management or insurance company?
Do not give a statement about your fall over the phone to any person who claims to work for an insurance company. The same goes for anyone who contacts you from the risk management department of the store or property where you fell. Talk to us first. There are strict laws in Georgia regarding proof of negligence if you are injured in a fall on someone else’s property, and how you explain what happened could make all the difference in whether or not you get compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys will advise you and protect your interests with regard to responding to insurance companies and store representatives.
How will I get my bills paid?
There are multiple options, including health insurance or a medical lien. We can explain your specific options in a free consultation. We can also help you get appropriate medical care for your injury, and when we represent you, we will work to maximize your compensation so that more money goes into your pocket at the conclusion of your case.
What are your attorney fees?
Our attorney fees are 1/3 of whatever money we recover for you in a settlement.
I do not live in the city of Atlanta and will not be able to travel to your office. Is there anything that can be done?
Yes. Although we prefer to meet with you in person (at least for the initial visit), it is not mandatory that you come in. There are other options available. Please ask at the time of your call.
When will I get my money?
Personal injury settlements generally occur after the injured party’s medical treatment is finished, and a settlement demand has been sent to the at-fault party’s liability insurance company. But there can be some exceptions.
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