A slip and fall accident is a type of personal injury accident. If necessary, seek medical attention immediately after slipping and falling. Afterward, contact the Bushway & Waystack attorneys should your injuries require a lawsuit.
Call our experienced personal injury attorneys today at 478-621-4995.
Three elements of your injury can help you decide whether or not you should take legal action: if you were hurt enough to seek medical attention, your injury affected your ability to earn an income, and if someone else’s negligence was the cause of your accident.
Georgia Slip-and-Fall Lawsuits
In a slip and fall lawsuit in Georgia, the plaintiff must prove that the owner of the facility where the injury occurred was negligent. Negligence means that the owner failed to alert you of a wet or slippery area, either by a sign or verbal communication. Also, the plaintiff must prove that damages occurred either physically or financially (medical bills or lost work time due to injury).
The court also considers contributory negligence, which concerns the amount of negligence the victim contributed to the accident. If there is an abundance of contributory negligence found, it is less likely the facility owner will be found responsible.
Statute of Limitations
Statute of limitations is the time frame in which you are legally allowed to file a lawsuit due to a personal injury. In Georgia, a victim must file a lawsuit within two years of the slip and fall accident. The two-year time frame begins on the date of the accident.
If you decide to file a lawsuit concerning property damage (such as expensive jewelry, a watch, etc.) from a slip and fall accident, the plaintiff has four years from the date of the accident.
The two-year time frame concerning personal injury and the four-year time frame concerning property damage applies to accidents occurring at commercial or private property. If you slip and fall on government property, you must send in a notice of injury within 30 days.
If you are injured or suffered property damage due to a personal injury, we believe that you are entitled to the appropriate compensation for your injuries.
Contact Bushway & Waystack today.