Slip and fall accidents may cause those who are injured to miss work or to suffer from debilitating permanent injuries. There are many contributing causes to slip and fall accidents and the injured party may be entitled to compensation. A dangerous or hazardous condition may have previously been reported with the property owner being slow to address the problem.
In a Clayton County slip and fall lawsuit (premises liability suit), the injured party has an obligation to prove that the property owner's negligence was the proximate cause of the injuries sustained. Additionally, the victim must show that the owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and the owner neglected to remedy the problem by making repairs or appropriately issuing warnings to protect the public from the dangerous situation. The property owner will attempt to show that the injured party did not exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would under similar circumstances.
Actions after a Slip and Fall Accident
Injured parties should have a medical consultation and any necessary medical treatment. A physician should be given a complete record of any pain, discomfort, or injury related to the accident and the relevant time period when such discomfort occurred.
An injured party should document the area around the accident in as much detail as possible. This includes video or photographs of the accident scene or comprehensive descriptions of the area. Witness names and contact information should be obtained. The incident should be immediately reported to the property owner or manager. Injured parties should keep lists of all people who were consulted at the accident scene including property officials (employees, managers or owners), witnesses and medical or emergency personnel (including law enforcement officers).
Clayton County Premises Liability Attorney
Victims may be entitled to compensation if they have been injured in a slip and fall accident. Call a Clayton County premises liability attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 888-927-6955 and ask to schedule a free legal consultation.