What to Do After a Slip and Fall Injury?
A slip and fall injury occurs whenever a victim gets hurt by tripping over an obstacle in his or her path or by falling on a slippery floor. Many slip and fall accidents result only in minor scrapes and bruises, but a good deal of people are seriously hurt when they slip and fall. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 16,000 people die each year due to slip and fall related accidents. Clearly, slip and fall injuries should be taken seriously. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, the property owner, manager, or operator may be liable for your injury if he or she failed to maintain their premises with reasonable care. In order to have the best chance of successfully pursuing a personal injury claim for your slip and fall injury, follow the steps outlined below.Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Injury
Seek medical attention. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident be sure to seek medical attention right away. It is important that you describe all of your injuries to the doctor who helps you in order to get the medical treatment that you need and so that your injuries are fully documented.
Documentation is key. In slip and fall cases it is important to know why the accident occurred. Therefore, it is helpful to take photos or videos of the scene of the accident. Additionally, take down the names and contact information of any witnesses who saw your slip and fall in case you need to contact them in the future. Also, if your injury occurred in a store or other establishment, be sure to notify the manager of your injury and ask them to write up a report and provide you with a copy.
Discuss your injuries with an experienced personal injury lawyer in order to determine if you have a viable case. Be sure to contact a lawyer as soon as possible as injured plaintiffs in Georgia have a limited amount of time within which they are allowed to file their lawsuit. Time is of the essence!
If you are considering pursuing a personal injury claim in Georgia in response to a slip and fall injury, be sure to act quickly or else your claim may be barred by our state’s statute of limitation. A statute of limitation is a law that imposes a time limit on your right to file a lawsuit. Potential plaintiffs who fail to abide by an applicable statute of limitation can be barred from bringing their claims.
In Georgia, code section 9-3-33 requires that most “actions for injuries to the person” (i.e. personal injury claims, including those resulting from slip and falls) must be brought within two years after the right of action accrues. In other words, the statute of limitation clock generally starts ticking when the injury occurs, and therefore the injured party has two years from that date within which to file a lawsuit. However, there are some instances under which a court will toll this clock, but this option should not be relied upon if it can be avoided.Slip and Fall Lawsuits Filed Against the Government
It is also important to note that if a slip and fall accident occurs on government property in Georgia, there are additional timeline requirements that injured individuals should be aware of. For example, claims against a city or county in Georgia must be filed within six months. Be sure to discuss your case with a local slip and fall attorney as soon as possible in order to ensure that you comply with all applicable statute of limitation requirements.Need Legal Advice?
If you have been injured, or have lost a loved one to a slip and fall injury in Georgia, contact the personal injury lawyers of The Angell Law Firm today. Our experienced attorneys would be happy to sit down with you during a free consultation to discuss your injury and determine if you have a viable case. Our firm is committed to our clients and fighting tirelessly to obtain the compensation to which they are legally entitled. To get the ball rolling on your personal injury case, call our Atlanta office today at (770) 217-4954.See Related Blog Posts