Firm Represents Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents in Georgia
Tenacious attorney helps you pursue compensation for your injuries
Property owners who fail to repair unsafe walking surfaces increase the likelihood of a slip and fall injury. If you’ve been hurt after a slip and fall on someone else’s premises, Jeffrey S. Bowman can outline your legal rights. My Augusta firm has represented Georgia clients in these types of cases and other personal injury actions for 30 years. After meeting with you and reviewing the facts of your accident, I can assess the value of a potential claim and initiate legal action to get you paid for your medical expenses, the income you lost while out of work and the pain and suffering you endured as a result of the fall.
Skillful lawyer works to hold negligent property owners accountable
Defendants, along with their lawyers and their insurance companies, frequently try to disclaim responsibility for a slip and fall injury or look to end the case with a quick, subpar settlement. Understanding your rights and the relevant legal standards will help you make smart decisions on how to proceed. I explain pertinent issues relating to:
- Duty of care — Whether the incident occurs in a public area such as a store or in a private home, a property owner or occupier has a duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of entrants. There is a greater responsibility to protect someone who is invited onto the premises as opposed to a licensee — such as a utility company worker —who is merely allowed onto the property for a particular purpose.
- Negligence — To succeed in court, a slip and fall victim must show that property owner or occupier did not take reasonable measures to fix or identify a dangerous condition. This analysis can turn on specific facts, such as whether supermarket personnel should have been aware of a spill on the floor or whether a pothole in a parking lot should have been pointed out with a sign or cone.
- Property damage — Your body might not be the only thing that is damaged after a fall. If you broke your phone, an expensive watch or a piece of jewelry or tore expensive clothing when you slipped and fell, my firm will pursue reimbursement for the value of the damaged property.
You have two years from the date of your personal injury to file a lawsuit, but acting promptly gives you a chance to secure payment more quickly and makes it easier to find key evidence and witnesses.
Legal advocate details damages available after a fall on an unsafe surface
In some cases, defendants try to avoid legal liability by claiming that the victim is responsible for his or her own injury. Even if you contributed to your accident because you were distracted, had an untied shoe or for some other reason, you might still be able to secure a financial recovery. Under Georgia’s comparative negligence rule, a plaintiff who is less than 50 percent responsible for an accident can still collect damages for their injuries. The award will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to the victim. For example, if a plaintiff suffered $100,000 in damages but was ruled to be 10 percent responsible for the incident because he was looking at his phone when he fell, the award would be $90,000.
Contact an experienced Augusta attorney for a free consultation about a slip and fall claim
Jeffrey S. Bowman assists Georgia victims of slip and fall injuries caused by the negligence of property owners and others responsible for maintaining safe premises. Please call 706-303-1584 or contact me online for a free initial consultation. My office is in Augusta.