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Q
Is a trip and fall accident the same as a slip and fall accident in Georgia?

A

Slip and fall accidents as well as trip and fall accidents all fall under the premises liability umbrella—that is if they were caused by the negligence of a property owner or property possessor. However, the fall and what caused the fall does vary slightly.

Slip and fall accidents in Atlanta occur when there is little to no friction or traction between the ground and a person’s shoes. This can be caused by:

  • Oily surfaces
  • Wet ground from a spill
  • Loose rugs or mats
  • Weather hazards
  • Flooring that has different traction

Trip and fall accidents in Georgia occur when a person’s foot hits an object and that person loses his or her balance. Trips happen from causes such as:

  • Uneven steps
  • Torn carpeting
  • Objects or clutter in the way
  • Obstructed view
  • Inadequate lighting

While some accidents involve traveling up or down staircases, most premises liability accidents happen as a result of same-level falls due to slips and trips. If you believe your slip or trip and fall accident was a result of a dangerous property condition or hazardous premises and that the property owner or occupier was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages that resulted from your fall.

To find out more, call a skilled Atlanta slip and fall lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith for help with your case at 770-HURT-999, and receive a free case consultation today.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia