When you slip or trip and fall, sometimes you can get lucky and walk away without a scratch, but if you have made your way to this page, odds are that wasn’t the case for you. If you have been seriously injured after a slip and fall, you may be entitled to compensation from the liable party’s insurance company. Our Atlanta slip and fall lawyer is here to help guide you through your pursuit of compensation. After you read a little bit about your slip and fall claim, please do not hesitate to give our office a call. We offer free initial consultation to our clients.
Most Common Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and falls may be regarded as a non-serious accident, but that is a misconception. Slip and falls have the potential to cause life-long injuries and even fatalities in some cases. Depending on where you fell, what you fell in, and how hard you hit the ground, you could be feeling the pain of your injuries for a very long time. The most common types of slip and fall injuries include:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Concussions or contusions
- Head, neck, or back injury
- Spinal cord injury
The most important thing to do after you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident is to seek medical attention right away. It is imperative that you do not wait to see a doctor. You have options; you can go to your primary doctor, an urgent care facility, or the emergency room if need be. If you wait to seek medical attention, then you run the risk of two negative consequences. First, you run the risk of worsening the pain you are in. There is a chance you will have adrenaline running through your body that will moderately mask the pain. You should not assume that you will not have any pain after this wears off. It is better to be sure than to be further injured by avoiding treatment. The second negative consequence has to do with the insurance company. If they see that you did not seek medical attention right away, then they will try to use that against you by saying either your injuries occurred after your slip and fall or that you are lying about your injuries. This will be an excuse they use to reduce or eliminate your compensation.
Georgia Slip and Fall Statute of Limitations
In order to have a chance at compensation, you will have to either bring your claim or settle it in civil court within two years of the accident occurring. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. Georgia law permits victims of personal injury cases two years to bring or settle their cases. While two years may seem like a long time, it is not all that long in terms of a lawsuit. Try as we might to speed things along, lawsuits sometimes are drawn out. If you wait to hire an attorney, it puts them on an even tighter schedule to build a strong case for you and deal with the liable party’s insurance. If you wait past the two years, or even right up to the days before the deadline, you will not be able to bring a claim. These lawsuits take time and once you miss the deadline, there is nothing we can do to help you. We strongly suggest you call an attorney right away so that they have the most possible time to build you a successful case.
Contact Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
When hiring a lawyer to represent you, you want to make sure that they have experience successfully dealing with slip and fall cases. You are allowed to turn down a lawyer if they do not fit your needs and you have the right to seek out a different lawyer. The right lawyer will be someone you trust, have a good rapport with, and who has a good track record with slip and fall cases in Atlanta. Who you choose for a lawyer is very important and will affect the amount of compensation that you get from the liable party’s insurance company.
If you would like to be represented by a competent, dedicated, and caring Atlanta slip and fall lawyer, then please call our office today to set up a free initial consultation. We will go over the details of your case, let you know your legal options, then go to work for you. We will conduct interviews with your witnesses to make sure we have their testimony, we will protect your evidence and make sure it does not get misplaced by the liable party’s insurance company, and we will fight to get you the best possible result.