What to do After a Slip and Fall

  • By lonatilaw2015
  • 30 Aug, 2016
Did you know that slip and fall injuries are the most frequently reported workplace accident? Slip and fall accidents account for 25% of workplace accidents and are the primary cause for lost work days. The term ‘slip and fall’ is used to describe an incident where a person is injured due to slipping or tripping […] The post What to do After a Slip and Fall appeared first on Lonati Law Firm, P.C..
Did you know that slip and fall injuries are the most frequently reported workplace accident? Slip and fall accidents account for 25% of workplace accidents and are the primary cause for lost work days. The term ‘slip and fall’ is used to describe an incident where a person is injured due to slipping or tripping over an object on another person’s property, resulting in personal injury.
Hazardous conditions such as a wet floor, ripped carpeting, and narrow or steep stairs inside a building can lead to a ‘slip and fall’ incident, causing someone to hurt themselves.  Slip and fall accidents that occur as a result of someone else’s negligence can lead to compensation for the victim.  If you sustain a personal injury due to a ‘slip and fall’ accident , you should take the following steps to help your case.

6 Steps to Follow After a Slip and Fall

  1. Seek medical attention immediately.Get checked out after experiencing a slip and fall as soon as possible. Your health should be the priority. Be sure that all of your injuries are documented so you will be able to provide proof should you choose to seek compensation for your medical bills.
  2. File a report.If you fall in a store, at work, at your apartment building or anywhere else, make sure to report it to the property owner, landlord, or manager. Ask the proper person to make a report of the accident and request a copy for your records before you leave.
  3. Take photos.It’s important to take photos of the location and document the exact area where you fell. The photos should include anything that contributed to your fall, such as stairs, ice patches, poor lighting, and railings.
  4. Gather information.If anyone witnesses your fall, ask to have their name, phone number, and address. Having this information can help you prove your version of the events that lead to the accident.
  5. Keep clothing and shoes.Place the clothes and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident into a bag for safe keeping. They may be needed later for evidence.
  6. Hire an attorney.If you plan to seek compensation for your injuries and medical bills, hiring legal counsel can help you recover all potential monies owed. Discuss your case with an attorney that’s familiar with personal injury and slip and fall accident claims.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a ‘slip and fall’ accident that resulted in injury, contact Lonati Law Firm, P.C. in Dallas, GA for a free legal consultation.  Our legal team is dedicated to fighting for your rights and getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us at (678) 363-3500 today.
By PatientPoint Launch 29 Sep, 2017

If you've suffered a dog bite or other form of animal attack, you may be missing out on compensation. Up to 2 million people are victims of animal attacks in the United States each year, but not many know that they could have grounds to sue. Here's our guide to what is involved with an injury case due to a dog bite or animal attack and how to find out if you should take legal action.

Once you've had the appropriate medical treatment and ensured you are protected from any diseases that may have been carried by the animal that bit you, it's time to get in touch with a legal expert. It's best to contact someone with knowledge and experience in dealing with injury cases involving animal attacks, as they will be able to advise you on the strength of your case and the actions to take to have the best chance of success. When contacting an attorney, make sure you have all the relevant details. This includes where and when the attack took place, plus the contact details of the animal owner and any witnesses. This will enable them to review the incident and put together a strong case.

Depending on which state the incident took place in, there are different laws regarding who is responsible for the attack. For example, in some states, the owners will be held responsible, even if they didn't know the animal was dangerous. In other states, you'll need to prove that the owner was aware of the animal's "dangerous propensities" or habits.

Additionally, liability can depend on whether there were sufficient warnings about the animal, such as a 'Beware of the Dog' sign. You may need to prove that you were not acting irresponsibly yourself, such as taking unnecessary risks. Another issue to consider is the age of the person who was attacked.

To find out whether you should take legal action regarding an animal bite or attack in Dallas, Georgia, get in touch with the team at Lonati Law.

By PatientPoint Launch 22 Sep, 2017

When someone slips and falls on another's property, it can set forth a chain reaction of events that lead to serious injury, claims of negligence on both sides, and time spent in court. However, many people don't completely understand the  Georgia laws  when it comes to this type of case and may act under assumptions that aren't actually correct. In this blog post, you can find out exactly what the state of Georgia says about the owner's responsibility to maintain a safe premises and the  rights of the person injured .

The Property Owner's Responsibilities

Private property owners have the responsibility to keep their premises free from obvious hazards that could cause injury to visitors. This includes those invited onto the property or those who have prior permission to be there as well as strangers who have a legitimate reason for being there. An example of this last point is if a delivery person leaves a package on your porch when you're not home. You may not have specifically said the individual could come onto the premises, but you would still be potentially  legally liable  if the person were to get hurt in the yard or on the porch. However, if a person is trespassing, the situation is treated differently.

The Injured Party's Rights

In short, if you believe you have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, you have the right to file a claim and seek compensation for damages including but not limited to lost time from work, medical bills, loss of future work, and pain and suffering.

It's important to remember that cases like these have a  statute of limitations . In Georgia, this means you only have two years to file -- four if you are seeking compensation for damage to personal property -- if you wish to pursue a personal injury claim against the property owner. Keep in mind, this is two years from the date of the incident, not the date you realized you were seriously injured. It's not uncommon -- particularly when the parties know each other -- for the issue to be downplayed and brushed off with a "no problem, I'm fine," only for the victim to realize that the injury was far more serious weeks or months later.

If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of a slip-and-fall accident you believe to be caused by unlawful negligence on the part of the property owner, you need legal counsel. At Lonati Law Firm, we can help you understand the Georgia laws and your options.

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