Lawrenceville, GA Lawyers Prosecute Slip and Fall Injury Claims
Quality representation in hard-to-prove personal injury cases
An ordinary day can turn into a nightmare when a sudden slip and fall causes a serious injury. If your fall was caused by a hidden hazard, you can make a personal injury claim against the landlord, alleging negligence. But such claims are hard to prove, even when the victim’s injuries are severe. Fortunately, the personal injury attorneys at Pearson Law Group, LLC are experienced in managing slip and fall litigation. We know how to assemble the evidence necessary to pursue your claim, and we dedicate ourselves to producing the best possible result in your case.
How slip and fall accidents can occur
The essential elements of a slip and fall case are:
- A hidden hazard on the premises — A key to the case is that the hazard that causes the fall must not be open and obvious to the victim. The hazard must take the victim unaware, or else the defendant can claim the victim assumed the risk of encountering the hazard. (However, assumption of risk is not a defense if the victim had no choice but to deal with the hazard.)
- The landlord knew or should have known about the hazard — Persons in charge of premises have a duty to take reasonable care to discover hazards that might injure visitors. Landlords must show they were reasonably vigilant in this regard, but despite their reasonable efforts, the hazard remained hidden.
- The landlord failed to remove the hazard or provide visitors with adequate warning — A landlord who knew or should have known about the hazard has a duty to cure the problem by removing the hazard or warning guests about it. A plaintiff must show the landlord failed because the hazard remained hidden.
- The hazard caused the fall — Common examples of hazards causing falls include spills on floors, potholes in pavement, loose floor tiles, and sudden changes in level.
- The fall caused the victim’s injuries — The victim must be able to prove the injuries are real and there was a direct link between the fall and the injuries.
Time is an important consideration in most slip and fall cases. Whether the landlord acted reasonably often depends on whether there was a reasonable amount of time to act between the creation or discovery of the hazard and the accident.
How your status on the property could influence your recovery
In Georgia, the law distinguishes among plaintiffs who entered the property as invitees, licensees, or trespassers. A greater duty of care is owed to business clients or servants (invitees) than to social guests (licensees), because the invitees come onto the property for the benefit of the owner, whereas licensees come for their own personal reasons. The duty owed a trespasser is severely limited; the owner must refrain from taking actions to harm the trespasser, and once the trespasser’s presence is known, the owner must take reasonable steps to warn of hazards. Whether a landlord violated the duty of care in your case could depend on whether you are viewed as an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser.
How our Lawrenceville attorneys can help with your slip and fall case
As you can see from the information above, slip and fall cases have many elements to be proved before an injured plaintiff can recover damages. This requires thorough investigation and a technical application of the law. For these reasons, it’s imperative that you retain an experienced personal injury attorney with a record of success in slip and fall cases.
Contact our Lawrenceville lawyers today for slip and fall injury representation
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident, trust Pearson Law Group, LLC to pursue full compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call today at 470-809-6411 or contact our Lawrenceville office online. We are conveniently located at 16 Towne Park Drive, just off the Sugarloaf Parkway.