Macon Slip & Fall Lawyers
Protecting Your Right to a Fair Recovery
While it’s true that blameless accidents can and do happen, most are the result of negligence or wrongdoing. This is often the case when a person slips, trips, or falls on someone else’s property—while many believe that such incidents are simply the result of the victim’s own clumsiness or failure to pay attention, the fact is, countless people are seriously injured after slipping and falling due to dangerous property conditions. In Georgia, as in other states, property owners can be held legally accountable for damages when their failure to properly maintain their property or remove, repair, or warn others of dangerous conditions leads to accidents.
If you slipped and fell in a store, at an apartment complex, or even in someone’s home and you believe that the accident occurred because of the property owner’s negligence, reach out to Adams, Jordan & Herrington, P.C. as soon as possible. Our Macon slip and fall lawyers have over 150 years of experience; we know the law, and we know how to protect your rights. Our team can help you understand your options and, if you have a case, can assist you in seeking the full, fair recovery you are owed.
To learn more, contact us at (478) 449-0137 and request a free, confidential consultation with our award-winning team.
Grounds for a Slip & Fall Case in Georgia
When an individual is injured as a result of a dangerous property condition or poor property maintenance, he or she can hold the property owner liable for damages under Georgia’s premises liability laws. Therefore, in order to have grounds for a slip and fall case, the first thing you must do is prove that your injuries resulted from an accident that was caused by some type of dangerous condition.
Examples of dangerous property conditions that frequently lead to slips, trips, and falls include:
- Slippery or wet floors
- Recently mopped or waxed floors
- Unmarked steps
- Uneven floors
- Ripped or torn carpeting
- Exposed wires and other tripping hazards
- Cluttered aisles and walkways
- Cracked sidewalks
- Lack of handrails
- Improper signage
- Insufficient lighting
Property owners can only be held liable for unsafe property conditions that they knew about or reasonably should have known about yet failed to remove, repair, or otherwise address. It follows that a property owner cannot be held legally liable for any condition that he or she did not know about or could not have reasonably known existed. For that reason, proving that the property owner knew about or should have known about the dangerous condition that led to your slip and fall accident is a critical element of your case.
Your attorney can help you prove that the property owner knew about or should have known about the dangerous condition that led to your slip and fall injuries. This might involve proving that the condition existed in a high-foot traffic area or that the property owner (or another responsible party) failed to provide adequate notice (such as wet floor signs) warning others of the condition.
Comparative Negligence in Slip & Fall Cases
The state of Georgia follows a rule of comparative negligence, meaning a person is not barred from recovering compensation even if they were partially at fault for the accident that caused their injuries. However, because the state follows a rule of modified comparative negligence, you cannot recover any compensation if you are found to be more than 50% to blame. Additionally, even if a jury finds you less than 50% at fault for the accident, your total recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage.
This is a common defense used by property owners in slip and fall claims. The property owner might argue that you were negligent because the dangerous condition was “open and obvious,” with the implication that you should have noticed it and taken proper precautions to avoid it. The property owner might also argue that you were being careless—for example, that you were walking while looking down at your cell phone—and therefore failed to notice the dangerous condition.
How Our Firm Can Help
If the jury decides that you were partially to blame for the accident, you will not be able to recover the full compensation you would have otherwise received. Our Macon slip and fall attorneys can help you fight back against such a defense and work to recover all of the compensation you are entitled to. We conduct exhaustive investigations to uncover exactly what happened and what factors played a role in your slip and fall accident. We also look at the nature and severity of your injuries using medical records and accident reports. This allows us to build a clear, comprehensive picture of how the property owner’s negligence has affected—and will continue to affect—your life.
Millions of Dollars Won
At Adams, Jordan & Herrington, P.C., we take pride in serving people in and around Macon and the nearby areas who have been severely injured through no fault of their own. We understand that a slip and fall accident can result in serious, catastrophic injuries that can affect nearly every aspect of your life. You could be facing a long, uphill road to recovery and a number of physical, emotional, and financial challenges. And we want to help.
To date, our experienced attorneys have successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients. We treat every case and every unique client with the care, attention, and personalized legal counsel they deserve. If you were injured after slipping and falling on someone else’s property, get in touch with our team right away to discuss your next steps.