Slip and fall cases can be complicated. Georgia law allows you to collect compensation from the negligent property owner responsible for your fall, but defendants in these cases often argue you were trespassing, contributed to your injury, or otherwise do not deserve compensation for your damages. We advise working with a slip and fall lawyer in Atlanta who is familiar with premises liability cases and can anticipate what the insurance company might do to minimize your claim.
S. Burke Law is ready to go to work for you. We make you a member of our family from the first call, and dedicate ourselves to helping you get the maximum payout available in your case. Call us today at 404-842-7838 for your complimentary consultation.
How Do I Know If I Have a Valid Slip and Fall Claim?
To hold a property owner liable, we must be able to prove the following:
- There was a dangerous condition on the property.
- The owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition.
- The owner did not fix the dangerous condition or warn visitors.
- You suffered injuries due to the dangerous condition.
Consider the following: You are shopping in a department store when you trip on the torn carpeting. You fall and suffer a head injury. The torn carpeting was not immediately obvious and there was no sign warning you of the hazard. We must be able to prove the property owner knew of the hazard or should have known of the hazard (such as if it was present for days or weeks) and yet did nothing to fix the hazard.
These cases require evidence to prove negligence and prove your losses. We interview witnesses, collect pictures and video, and identify other sources of evidence for your case.
The other side will fully investigate the accident and your injuries. They will look into what you were doing at the time of the accident. They will evaluate the condition of the property. They may even look at what shoes you wore. We also need to be thorough in our investigation so we mitigate any "evidence" of your own negligence. This is paramount, because if the insurance company or court believes you contributed to your injuries you will not be able to collect the full value of your accident-related damages. If you were 50 percent or more at-fault in the fall, the court may prevent you from receiving any compensation at all for your injuries.
Why Do I Need to Be Cautious About Talking to the Insurance Company?
In some cases, the property owner’s insurance company tries to trick injured people into a quick and reduced settlement that does not cover all their losses. I used to work for the insurance companies, and I know these tactics.
We recommend you do not accept any settlement or even give a statement to the insurance company without talking to us about your case first. We often see injury victims who settled for too little and now cannot pay for ongoing care or other expenses.
One of the reasons the insurance companies act quickly to offer a settlement after a slip and fall is because they hope you are not yet aware of all your injuries and the long-term impact they could have on your life. It can be difficult to turn down thousands of dollars in cash, but it is important to not let them tempt you.
Their initial settlement offer is unlikely to cover all your pain and suffering, the stress you endured, or anything beyond your early medical care and a few days of lost wages. Give us a call and let us handle your slip and fall claim to protect it from unfair tactics the insurer might use.
Let Us Handle the Insurance Claims Process for Your Slip and Fall
At S. Burke Law, we pride ourselves on treating every client like a member of our family. When you trust us to recover the compensation you need, we return the favor by providing you with the compassion and support you need during this stressful process. Our legal team knows each client by name. Each of our clients get a client relations coordinator to answer their questions and to serve as a point person for their case.
In addition, your client relations coordinator can help you identify and contact local resources who can make your life easier during the insurance and legal processes. It is our goal to ensure you have everything you need to relax and focus on your recovery while we handle all aspects of your legal fight.
What Types of Compensation Can I Get From a Slip and Fall Claim?
Before we negotiate a fair settlement, we need to analyze all your expenses and losses to put an estimated value on your claim. This requires us to consider:
- Medical bills
- Ambulance bills
- Prescription costs
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Cost of help around the house, such as chores and child care
Depending on the facts of your case, we may also be able to identify other costs we can recover from the negligent property owner. By knowing the full value of your claim, we can ensure we maximize your payout when we negotiate a settlement.
Let Us Protect Your Rights and Fight for Your Recovery
At S. Burke Law, you are a member of our family. We commit ourselves to protecting your rights and fighting for the full benefits you deserve after your slip and fall injuries. Please call us today at 404-842-7838 to learn more about how we can help you.