When people fall and suffer injuries they often visit the emergency room or their primary doctor for medical treatment. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over one million emergency room hospital visits in this nation are due to slip and fall injuries each year. While slip, trip, and falls in Georgia only account for a fraction of these hospital visits nationwide, many Georgians suffer serious injuries as a result of falling on someone else’s property.
Slip and fall accidents can occur in a workplace, apartment building, home, retail store, supermarket, and even on a public street. While anyone can become a victim of a slip and fall, victims may suffer from different types of falls that can occur, including:
- Elevated fall – This type of fall may result in a serious or fatal injury, as a person falls from a height of 10 feet or less.
- Same-level fall – This is the most common type of fall to cause people injuries. It occurs when a person is walking and simply slips or trips on a hazardous condition and falls to the ground.
- Slippery surface fall – This common type of same-level slip and fall can be due to wet floors or spilled liquid that creates a slippery and hazardous condition.
- Trip and fall – This type of fall occurs when a person’s foot hits an object or obstacle, causing him or her to fall down.
When a trip, slip, and fall accident in Georgia occurs, a person will fall in one of two ways:
- Backwards – If the person’s front foot slips forward, the person will fall backwards.
- Forwards – If the person’s rear foot slips backwards, the person will fall forward.
It is important to understand the types of falls that can occur; however, if you suffered any type of fall as a result of hazardous property conditions, you may have a premises liability case against the property owner or property possessor for your damages. Sometimes injuries such as hip fractures can take six months or more to fully heal. During this time, you will have endured surgery, physical therapy, and pain, and you will want to be compensated accordingly.
Turn to an Atlanta premises liability lawyer for help seeking compensation for your slip and fall injuries. To find out how to protect your interests and how to obtain the maximum possible compensation in your case, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free, no-obligation consultation at 770-HURT-999 today.