If you’ve suffered an injury due to the negligence of the owner or manager of a store, home, or other location, then you might have a viable personal injury claim due to premises liability. Whether you tripped on something left on the floor or slipped because someone neglected to clean up a spill, you deserve compensation for your injuries and losses.
The skilled attorneys with Shrable Law Firm, P.C. can help you secure that compensation and move forward with your recovery. Please get in touch with us as soon as possible to learn more about what we may be able to do for you. Give us a call at (229) 349-6291 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
What you should do after a slip-and-fall
It’s frightening when your feet suddenly come out from under you and you have no control over how you hit the ground. Suffering an injury in this situation can be confusing, but if you can manage to follow these steps, you can protect your health and your case.
- Get medical help right away so you can receive the care necessary to prevent further injury. Ongoing medical care and following treatment plans can help you know the extent of your injury. Seeing a doctor will also create a record of your injury, which will help you get the money you deserve.
- Report the incident to the manager or owner of the property immediately. They should make a report of the accident and should provide you with a copy.
- Be careful what you say at the scene and afterward — Don’t admit fault, not even the slightest amount. Property owners, managers, and insurance companies will use whatever you say against you.
- Gather evidence by taking pictures and videos of the accident scene if you can.
- Collect witness contact information for anyone who might have seen what happened or who can corroborate your story about the hazard that caused you to slip and fall.
When to file a claim
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for filing a slip-and-fall lawsuit is two years from the date of the incident. This means that if you don’t take action and file before that deadline expires, you won’t be able to pursue compensation.
Although two years might seem like a long time, you should consult with an attorney right away and file as soon as possible. The earlier you hire an attorney, the more time-sensitive evidence they’ll be able to obtain to support your case. Ultimately, the sooner you file, the sooner you can get the compensation you’re owed.
Compensation and damages you can claim
The financial losses you incur as the result of a slip-and-fall accident and that you can recover through a personal injury lawsuit are known as “damages”. The damages most plaintiffs receive are from categories: economic and non-economic.
If you’re still in the process of interviewing attorneys, please remember that no ethical attorney will make any promises regarding the amount of money you’ll receive. There are a lot of factors that go into determining the amount of damages you can seek, none of which can be fully evaluated during a consultation.
Generally speaking, the worse your injury, the more money you’ll likely receive because severe injuries cost more to treat.
Economic damages are losses you suffered that are considered tangible because they’re easily supported by bills and invoices. For example, you know the cost of the medical treatment you’ve received so far because you have the bills and treatment records.
You also know how much you’ve lost in wages and benefits because your injury forced you to miss work because you have old pay stubs. You’ll use expert witness testimony and their reports to support your claims for necessary future medical care and any lost future wages if your injury prevents you from working in the same capacity.
On the other hand, non-economic damages are subjective and don’t lend themselves to easy calculations. It’s hard to put a price tag on issues such as pain and suffering or emotional trauma. Fortunately, our skilled Albany premises liability lawyers can calculate those losses to make sure you obtain full and fair compensation for all of your damages, including ones the defendant can’t see.
How to deal with insurance after a slip-and-fall
The insurance company covering the negligent property owner will send an adjuster your way soon after the incident. The best way to handle the adjuster or any insurance representative is to simply refer them to your attorney because they’ll try to trick you into admitting fault or saying something that damages your case.
Cost of hiring a slip and fall lawyer
The Shrable Law Firm works with clients on a contingency basis for slip-and-fall lawsuits. This means that our compensation is contingent on the success of your case. In other words, you won’t pay anything unless we win your case. You have nothing to lose by turning to our team of skilled Albany personal injury lawyers.
How our slip-and-fall lawyers can help
If you choose to work with the team at Shrable Law Firm, we’ll immediately get to work investigating your case. We have extensive experience gathering the solid evidence it takes to help our clients obtain maximum compensation. We guarantee that no other firm will work harder to fight for your rights.
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