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Savannah, GA 31405
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Savannah Slip and Fall Lawyer
Slip & Fall accidents can not only hurt you physically but also financially. Medical costs for fall injuries are $31 billion annually, with hospital costs accounting for two-thirds of the total. But if your trip and fall were caused by dangerous conditions on a negligent owner’s property, you shouldn’t have the bear the costs of your injuries. Our attorneys can help file a lawsuit to get the compensation that helps with all the bills and expenses you are burdened with.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Each of the following may indicate negligence on the part of the property owner or occupier:
- Improper maintenance of roads, sidewalks, and buildings;
- Failure to display proper safety signs and warnings;
- Unlit walkways;
- Hazardous staircases or escalators, including broken steps, missing handles, or any other malfunction;
- Wet, unmarked surfaces;
- Hazardous material in the path of a pedestrian;
- Building code violations; and
- Understaffed nursing homes.
Highlighted Slip & Fall: Restaurants & Bars
Slips and falls are the primary cause of lost days from work. 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees tripping on slick floors, an event that happens commonly at restaurants and bars. Bar and restaurant owners/operators are required by law to keep their property in “reasonably safe” condition for their employees and for patrons. This means they must fix problems that could present a hazard to customers in a timely manner and warn visitors of potential dangers if necessary.
If, for example, property owners fail to alert their guests of dangerously wet floors, slip and fall accidents can occur at a moment’s notice. Common injuries related to restaurant/bar falls include:
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Paralysis and spinal injuries
Elements of a Savannah Slip and Fall Lawsuit
Under Georgia law, a person injured in an accident must satisfy the following two elements to have a valid claim:
The owner had actual knowledge of the dangerous condition or should have reasonably known through the use of due care that the dangerous condition existed; and
The injured victim was unaware of the dangerous condition.
To prove that a property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition, your lawyer may present evidence that the dangerous condition had existed for such a long period of time that it should have been discovered by the owner of the property if he or she had exercised reasonable care in inspecting the premises.
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Can I Sue if a Loved One Slips and Falls in a Nursing Home?
Yes. Nursing homes have a contractual obligation to assist your loved one with daily activities, like walking and bathing. If the nursing home staff was negligent in this responsibility and your loved one fell as a result, the facility could be held liable for any injuries they suffered.
What Does Premises Liability Mean?
If you own a building, you are responsible for ensuring that it is safe for anyone you invite to enter the building. Typically, premises liability applies to public places, like stores and businesses.
When a responsible party fails to take action to ensure that a property is safe, they may be liable for expenses resulting from any injuries that were directly due to that negligence.
When Should I Consult With Slip and Fall Lawyers After Suffering an Injury?
The best time to contact slip and fall lawyers is immediately after you are injured. Contacting Morgan & Morgan as soon as you are able helps ensure you meet any legal deadlines to pursue compensation. The sooner we can obtain your medical records and start investigating your case, the sooner you can focus on recovery.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents are:
- Broken or loose flooring
- Snow or ice on sidewalks
- Wet or muddy floors
- Poor lighting
- Nursing home negligence
Usually, if a slip and fall accident doesn’t happen in your home, it is probably the result of negligence by a third party.
What Can I Get Compensation for After a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you have been injured in a fall, you should receive enough compensation to cover all your expenses resulting from the accident. These expenses include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Assistance services
- Lost wages due to the injury
- Medical devices and equipment
Most people don’t realize that they are eligible for more compensation than just medical bills. Our slip and fall lawyers can help you determine exactly how much you deserve and fight to get you every dime.
Why Do I Need to Hire One of Your Slip and Fall Lawyers?
The main reason you need to be represented by slip and fall lawyers is that they have the knowledge and experience to maximize the compensation you receive. You need an advocate who understands the complexities of the insurance claims process and is willing to take your case to trial, if necessary.
Additionally, when a business is responsible for your injuries, you can be certain that it has lawyers working to minimize its liability. Without equally experienced attorneys fighting to protect your rights, you are likely to see reduced, if any, compensation.
Can an Insurance Company Deny My Claim?
Yes. The insurance company for a third party is only responsible for compensating you if you can show that they were responsible for your injury. If you can’t produce the evidence, or the investigator for the insurance company finds evidence that contradicts your claim, your claim will be denied.
Unfortunately, many insurance companies will often look for excuses to deny your claim, even if it is legitimate. This is one of many reasons you should retain a lawyer as soon as possible.
Can I Appeal if My Claim Is Denied?
Yes, you have the right to appeal any insurance company decision you disagree with. Furthermore, even if the insurer denies your appeal, you can still have the right to file a lawsuit.
Can I Tell Friends and Family About My Injuries on Social Media?
Unless you have no other way to communicate with people who need to know about your injury, you should avoid posting about it on social media. Anything you post to social media can potentially be used as evidence to deny or decrease the value of your claim.
If you feel that you don’t have a choice, speak to your slip and fall lawyers from Morgan and Morgan before posting anything. Our attorneys will help you write a post that won’t harm your case while still sharing critical information with friends and family.
Should I Accept a Settlement Offer From an Insurance Company?
Never accept any offer from an insurance company until your lawyer has had a chance to review it. Many insurers will make a lowball offer just to get rid of your case. Once you accept money, you often can’t receive more in the future.
Morgan & Morgan attorneys will review the offer and compare it to the estimated value of your claim. We will only recommend you accept an offer if it is fair.
How Long Will It Take Me to Get Compensation?
Generally, if your attorney negotiates a fair settlement with an insurance company, you may receive compensation within just a few weeks of suffering an injury. This timeline can vary depending on the specific circumstances of your claim.
However, if your case goes to trial, you may need to wait at least a year to receive compensation. The compensation value may be higher if your case goes to trial, though.
Are There Any Benefits to Filing a Lawsuit?
Often, if an insurance company is trying to play hardball, filing a lawsuit might change its mind. Lawyers are expensive, and an insurance company might put a new offer on the table if you prove that you are willing to go to trial.
Furthermore, you can potentially win more money from a lawsuit than you will get from a settlement. Depending on the actions of the responsible party and the insurance company, a jury might also award punitive damages, which you generally can’t get from a settlement.
Can Morgan & Morgan Represent Me if I Don’t Live in Savannah?
Morgan and Morgan is one of the best law firms to hire if you don’t live in the same city where you were injured. We have slip and fall lawyers who are ready to fight for you in every state in the country.
How Much Will It Cost Me to Hire Morgan & Morgan Attorneys?
Our slip and fall lawyers in Savannah work on contingency. This means you only pay us if we get you money. During your initial consultation, we will agree to a percentage that our firm will receive if you get paid. This percentage will not change, regardless of how long it takes to complete your case.
Because we only charge you a fee if we win you money, you will never end up with less money after your case is complete.
What Guarantee Do I Have That My Attorney Is Looking Out for My Best Interests?
Fighting for fair compensation benefits both you and your attorney. The more compensation your attorney recovers for you, the more money they receive, too. There is no good reason for your lawyer to settle for less money when doing so would lower the fee they receive.
The Insurance Company Wants Me to Get Examined by a Specific Doctor. Should I?
If an insurance company is trying to force you to go to a specific doctor, you should immediately speak to your lawyer. It may not be in your best interests to trust the evaluation of a doctor chosen by the insurance company. Your attorney will help you find a fair option.
I Was Running When I Slipped. Can I Still Receive Compensation?
If you were doing something dangerous when you slipped, it’s possible that the liability of a third party could be removed. But this isn’t always true.
Your attorney will examine the circumstances of your accident to determine who is liable. There may be more to your situation than appears at first glance.
How Much Money Will I Get for a Slip and Fall Accident?
The amount of money you receive after an accident depends on a variety of factors, such as how much harm you suffered.
For example, if your injury is serious enough to warrant a visit to the emergency room, you will likely miss at least a few days of work and require one or more follow-up visits. This type of injury usually costs you a few thousand dollars.
However, if you suffer a lifelong injury, like a shattered hip or a traumatic brain injury, you will probably need hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for all the expenses you eventually incur.
Slip and Fall Lawyers in Savannah Who Are Available 24 Hours a Day
At Morgan and Morgan, we understand that you don’t just suffer slip and fall injuries during normal working hours. That is why you can reach our law offices 24 hours a day. When you are injured, we want you to be able to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible, so we can promptly evaluate your case and determine your best legal options.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Savannah, contact us for a free case evaluation today.