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How slip-and-fall cases are decided

If an individual gets hurt from a fall that occurs while on another party's property, he or she may have a legal claim. Typically, such cases that are brought forth in Georgia are negligence claims. This means that the defendant was not intentionally trying to hurt the plaintiff. How a case is settled depends on the severity of the injury and the amount of the damages incurred.

It's important to point out that those who visit a property have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to protect their own safety. This could be true regardless of the type of claim being made against a property owner. There are several different types of slip-and-fall cases. If the accident occurred because of poor lighting or bunched-up carpet, one could claim that an inadequate facility caused the fall. Other cases might have to do with inadequate warning signs that may have otherwise helped to prevent an accident from occurring.

Issues with equipment could also play a role in a person falling and getting hurt. Such a claim might be brought if an elevator stops suddenly or starts going faster than it's supposed to. As there is a higher potential of experiencing severe injuries in an inadequate equipment claim, the amount of damages incurred may also be higher.

If a property owner fails to remedy dangerous conditions on his or her property, that owner could be liable for damages incurred in an accident. Damages could include the cost of current and future medical expenses, lost wages and lost future earnings. Compendation may be awarded by a jury or through a settlement. An attorney can review a case and help a client establish that negligence caused the accident.

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