Slip and fall accidents can occur almost anywhere and usually happen out of the blue. When premises owners and landlords fail to keep their properties in a reasonably safe condition, they may be liable when slip and fall accidents occur.
Slip and fall accidents often lead to serious injuries, especially if you fall and hit your head or back. When you strike the ground hard, it can take you a long time to recover and you may incur long-term medical costs and treatment. Slip and fall accident victims may also need to undergo additional medical procedures, including surgeries.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident that occurred on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a claim for monetary compensation. An Alpharetta slip and fall lawyer can review the circumstances of your fall with you and help you determine whether you have a viable claim. Work with a capable slip and fall lawyer who could build your defense.
Common Locations for Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur both indoors and outdoors. These accidents are especially common in restaurants and grocery stores where liquid and food spills can occur. Outdoor slip and falls may occur on sidewalks and in parking lots and parking garages. These outdoor falls often result from potholes, concrete spalling, and other defects. A property owner may also be liable if someone slips and falls on patches of ice or in puddles they should have either removed or warned visitors of. For help with filing a claim, contact an Alpharetta slip and fall lawyer.
Duties of Premises Owner
Owners and occupiers of premises, including landlords, have a duty to keep their properties (both indoors and outdoors) in a reasonably safe condition. However, the duty owed to visitors depends upon their status.
Business invitees, such as store customers and restaurant patrons, are individuals who are on the property to benefit the property owner whereas licensees are usually individuals who are visiting the premises as social guests. Trespassers, on the other hand, are those with no permission to be present on the property.
Premises owners owe invitees a duty to warn of known, dangerous defects on the property and to regularly inspect their property for hidden dangers. They owe licensees a similar duty to warn of known, hidden defects. Except in the case of trespassing children, property owners do not usually owe a duty of care to trespassers.
Notice and Ample Time to Correct a Dangerous Condition
For a property owner to be liable for a slip and fall accident, the owner must have:
- Ample notice of the dangerous condition
- Ample time to correct the known dangerous condition
If either of these is lacking, the plaintiff may have trouble proving a slip and fall case. A detail-oriented can examine the facts of a particular case to determine whether a property owner may have been negligent.
Contacting an Alpharetta Slip and Fall Attorney
Slip and fall accidents can result in high medical bills and other damages, including missed time from work, pain and suffering, and loss of life enjoyment. If you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, you may be able to hold the premises owner accountable. An Alpharetta slip and fall lawyer can explore all your legal options and potential avenues of recovery in your case. To learn more, call to set up a no-obligation consultation.