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Types of Slip and Fall Accidents

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Types of Slip and Fall Accidents

Types of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are common and can happen anywhere. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you’ll want an experienced lawyer to handle your case. The Musgrove Trial Firm in Norcross, GA is here to help! Learn more about the different types of slip and fall accidents below and what to do if you are a victim of a slip and fall accident.

Common Slip and Fall Accidents

The most common causes of slip and fall accident are poor weather conditions, hidden hazards, wet floors, and dangerous interior conditions, but a slip and fall accident can happen anywhere and at any time.

If you fall when walking on another person’s property, be on the lookout for these causes of slip and fall accidents:

  • Recently mopped or waxed floors.
  • Potholes (for example, in a parking lot).
  • Uneven surfaces, such as an unexpected step, with no signage indicating the step is there.
  • Loose floorboards, rugs, or mats on floors and stairways.
  • Spilled liquids that are not cleaned up
  • Icy surfaces that are not treated with salt to prevent slipping and sliding.

There may also be environmental conditions that result in a slip and fall accident, including:

  • Extension cords, laptop power cords or other wires or cords that run across areas where people commonly walk.
  • Poor lighting.
  • Open drawers.
  • Bright lights that cause glare and make it hard to see surrounding areas.
  • Random debris on the floor.
  • Lack of a handrail in needed areas.

Slip and Fall Accidents Can Result in Mild to Serious Injuries

Injuries from slip and fall accidents vary from sprained ankles to broken bones, spine damage, shoulder dislocation, and even brain injuries. If you’ve been a victim of a slip and fall accident, seek medical attention and document the area in which the injury occurred. By documenting the surrounding area, we can see if there’s a lack of signage, low lighting, or other dangerous variables like those described above.

Once you’ve attained medical attention, it’s crucial to know the statute of limitations that places a time limit for you to file a slip and fall lawsuit here in Georgia. You have two years from the date of the accident to file against the property owner for any injuries. You’ll need to give yourself plenty of time for potential settlement discussions.

Proving Fault in a Slip and Fall Accident Case in Georgia

If you’ve fallen on someone else’s property, we must prove that the cause of the accident was a hazardous condition that the owner previously knew about and just didn’t fix or handle in any way. It must present an unreasonable risk that the injured party couldn’t have anticipated.

In Georgia, there are four specific types of cases that fall under premises liability law. The four common premises liability fall accidents have minor changes that make them different.

  • If a person loses their footing due to spilled liquid, slippery conditions, or a loose rug, that’s considered a slip and fall accident.
  • If an object is in the person’s walkway and results in tripping, it is regarded as a trip and fall accident.
  • However, if there is an obstruction in the walkway that makes a person fall, it’s considered a stump and fall accident.
  • If a defective surface caused someone to fall, it is regarded as a step and fall accident. For instance, if you are walking through a parking lot and fall because the floor is uneven, it would be considered a step-and-fall accident.

Regardless of the type of fall or injury you’ve sustained, if the accident was not your fault, call us today to talk about the details of your case. Our team will help you determine if you truly have a strong case and what to do next.

Call The Musgrove Trial Firm About a Slip and Fall Accident Case in Georgia

If you have been a victim of a slip and fall accident, call The Musgrove Trial Firm today: 678-226-1994. Let our experienced attorneys help you with your case.