Slip & Fall Attorney in Franklin, GA
Standing Up for Victims in Premises Liability Cases
The law expects property owners to keep their premises free of hazards and dangerous conditions. If hazards are apparent, the property owner must post signs warning of wet floors, poor lighting, and obstructed sidewalks, for example. Whether you’re on private property or in a government office, you have the right to expect to walk freely without injury of any kind.
Have you, or someone you know, been injured in a slip and fall accident? Have you been hurt on or outside of a property? No matter if it’s private property or publicly-owned, The Park Law Firm can help you pursue the justice you need for the damages you suffered.
Set up a free consultation today by contacting our Franklin slip and fall lawyer at (931) 450-4904.
How to Determine Liability in Slip & Fall Cases
Slip and fall cases can be complicated, especially as they occur on another person’s property. In order for a property owner or other party to be considered liable, certain factors must be in place.
For example, to be legally responsible for any injuries you suffered the owner / employee must have:
- Known or reasonably been able to know about a dangerous hazard
- Had reasonable time to fix the hazard, yet failed to do so; and
- Been the source of the injuries or damages you suffered due to this negligence.
If all three of these factors are met, an injury victim may be able to pursue compensation from the property owner or responsible party so long as they were acting in a reasonable manner when the injuries occurred. However, determining what a property owner “shoulder have known about” on their own premises can be challenging. It is often up to a judge or jury to determine whether reasonable care was taken to maintain the property and keep it safe for people.
What Are Common Hazards that Should Be Fixed?
There are a number of issues that can lead to a devastating slip and fall. It is often the simple issues that a property owner fails to fix that can suddenly trip up an unsuspecting visitor, guest, or customer.
Some of the most common hazards can include the following:
- Torn or ripped carpet / flooring
- Slippery surfaces
- Black ice
- Damaged or uneven sidewalks and walkways
- Wires or other objects left out
- Unmarked holes, ditches, or dips
- Damaged handrails or stairways
Again, your negligence claim will likely hinge on whether or not the defendant acted reasonably in keeping their property safe and properly maintained.