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.
Other Chatham County Communities We Serve
- Garden City
- Port Wentworth
- Tybee Island
- And all other surrounding Chatham County communities.