When a person slips and falls on someone’s property in Georgia, it could fall under the category of cases referred to as premise liability claims. This is because slip-and-fall accidents usually happen on a premise that is owned by someone, which could make the property owner legally responsible for the conditions that led to the slip and fall.
There are a number of dangerous conditions, such as poor lighting, narrow stairs, slick floors and changes in flooring elevation or style, that could be responsible for a person slipping and getting injured. The same principles may apply on a public sidewalk if there is a crack in the concrete or someone falls down public stairs.
Slip-and-fall personal injury cases require a person to slip and fall, but they also require the individual to sustain some type of injury. The injury could be minor.
There is no exact science to determining who is legally responsible for a person’s injuries in a slip-and-fall case. Much of the case revolves around the efforts the property owner put into preventing someone from tripping and falling. It also has a lot to do with whether the individual who slipped was careless and failed to avoid an obvious situation that led to their fall. In many cases, the injured individual has the responsibility to show that the accident was the result of a dangerous condition and that the property owner was aware of the dangerous condition and should have anticipated the circumstances that led to the fall.
When slip-and-fall accidents occur, the injured individual may consider a legal claim. It may be good for them to discuss their case with a personal injury attorney who understands the laws revolving around these types of cases. Time is of the essence as there are usually time limits on when an injured individual can file a personal injury lawsuit.