Atlanta Slip & Fall Attorney

Slip and falls have an annual cost of $70 billion for American businesses. Each incident costs around $4,000 per worker, and even more for customers, who range from $60,000-$100,000 for each claim. These types of accidents are responsible for being the third leading cause of injury to both customers and employees, and the leading cause of death to workers.

Injured in a slip and fall accident in Atlanta? If you are one of the many workers that have been injured in a slip and fall accident, then you may be entitled to compensation from your employer. By contacting a North Georgia personal injury lawyer from Douglas F. Kaleita, P.C., you can ensure that your rights will be protected, no matter how large and powerful your employer may be.

What should I do after a slip and fall accident?

If you become injured from a slip and fall accident at work, then the first thing you should do is seek medical assistance. Even if your body seems to be fine, you should make sure that a doctor looks at the injury to see if there are any internal problems. The next action you should take is to photograph the scene, especially focusing on the accident area. If there were any witnesses to the fall, it is helpful to get their contact info so you can ask them to testify to the incident.

After that, report the accident to your employer, but it is important that you speak to your legal counsel before an extensive report is given. Note the date, time, and location of the fall in your report, as well as any weather conditions and other physical evidence. Lastly, you should contact Douglas F. Kaleita, P.C. who can thoroughly investigate your case and surrounding circumstances to ensure that your rights are protected. Do it quickly because there is a short window of time in which an injured person can file a lawsuit for compensation by the owner of the premises.

Is my employer liable for the damages?

Believe your employer is at fault? You will need to prove one of three things:

  1. Your employer must have caused the hazard.
  2. Your employer must have known about the hazard and failed to do anything about it.
  3. Your employer should have known about the dangerous condition.

The last one can be difficult to prove since it has to do with how "reasonable" your employer was in making the premises safe. To determine this, the court might see if there was proof that he was making regular inspections or if the hazard had been there long enough for him to have known.

Another thing the court might check is if the object had a good reason for being there, or if there was a better and safer place for it to be. In addition, they might look at if there were sufficient warning signs that could have prevented the accident. Your employer has a responsibility to keep you and the premises safe from harm so accidents such as these do not occur.

If the court finds that you were somehow responsible for the accident, such as you were careless, ignored warning signs, or had no reason to be in the area, then they might find you liable. In some states, both parties can be partially liable, depending on the case. To ensure that you have a competent legal defense team behind you, get in touch with a lawyer from our firm.

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Our firm has dealt with a wide range of premises liability cases that have varied in complexity and size so no case is too big or small for us to handle. We will personally go through the details of your case to try and accurately assess the maximum amount of compensation that you should be getting. To avoid lengthy and costly insurance battles, we try to negotiate a fair settlement that will help you recover the amount you are owed. We are sensitive to the fact that you need to recover as soon as possible, and we will do whatever we can to make the process smooth and painless.

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