According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 15 percent of all job-related injuries are caused by slip-and-fall accidents. Additionally, there are over 19,500 deaths each year in the United States from unintentional falls. The CDC also reports that over 60 percent of all elevated falls causing injuries are from heights under 10 feet.
Georgia law requires commercial and private property owners to maintain safe properties for people who are legally on the premises. Most properties are subject to safety codes or regulations requiring the property owner or manager to prevent negligent exposure to harmful or injurious situations. Premises liability claims may hold these property owners or managers liable when someone is injured due to hazardous, unsafe or dangerous conditions.
If you have suffered a serious injury on someone else's property, a premises liability attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can review your accident and injuries to determine if you have a reasonable case against the property owner involved and advise you of your legal rights.
Two of the most common causes of premises liability claims are slippery surfaces and improper maintenance. These frequently occur in retail establishments where spills are not promptly cleaned up or displays are imbalanced causing injuries.
Slip-and-fall accidents often lead to serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Concussions/head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue damage
A slip-and-fall victim may have difficulty identifying the party responsible for the accident. An experienced premises liability attorney can obtain evidence that documents damage reports, repair receipts or other accident claims. Offenders may include the retailer or parent company, landlord, maintenance or janitorial services or inspectors.
Slip-and-fall accident victims should call a Clayton County premises liability attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.