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Slip and Fall Lawsuits can be More Complicated Than you Think

The general belief among the public is that if you are injured in a public place or business, the owner of the location will be held responsible and pay for your injuries.  People often do not put careful enough consideration into their choice of attorney in these cases, and many even try to represent themselves because they believe they will save money.  However, many seemingly simple personal injury cases, such as slip and fall cases, are deceptively more complex than you may believe.  In fact, they include many aspects that a non-attorney or less experienced attorney may not realize or know how to address, and in the end, you may end up losing a substantial amount of recovery, and possibly losing your entire settlement.  By calling an experienced personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith, you can trust that they know how to handle your claim to get you the settlement you deserve.

 

Cases involving slip and falls in public places can be complex because of the many defenses and rules involved.  Usually, such slips and falls are considered to be at least partly the fault of the person who fell, and usually the defendant will try to claim the fall was entirely the victim's fault.  For example, the owner may state that any reasonable person would have noticed the obstacle and avoided it.  In some states, if the business owner proves your fault in the accident more than you prove his, you will not be able to recover any amount of money at all.

 

Furthermore, even if there is some fault on the part of the establishment, they can still try to claim the defense that they were not negligent.  For example, if you slipped on debris on the floor, the owner may state that the debris was very recently dropped, and even if he was exercising due diligence as a business owner, he never would have had enough time to notice the debris to pick it up prior to your slip and fall.

 

For these reasons and more, it is vital that you have a dedicated and experienced Coweta County accident attorney representing you during your lawsuit.  Even if your injuries from your slip and fall are minor, the owner of the business should be held liable if the fall was his fault.  Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 to speak to an attorney about your case.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia