Winter Slip and Fall Accidents
Winter is a time of heightened risk for becoming injured after falling on someone else’s property. If you slipped or tripped and then fell, sustaining an injury of any kind, you may be able to recover financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. These resources can be a real help to cover medical expenses, lost wages and other related expenses. An experienced slip and fall attorney like Dwayne L. Brown can review the details of your accident in Georgia or Alabama and determine if you have a potential claim.
What is a Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury cases. Under the laws of both Georgia and Alabama, property owners are responsible for taking reasonable measures to maintain their property to prevent accidents.
For example, if a liquid spill occurs in a grocery store, employees should quickly clean up the spill and post caution signs around the site to warn shoppers that the floor may be wet and slippery.
At the same time, people have an obligation to exercise reasonable care and prevent accidents. In other words, you cannot run and slide through the slippery portion of floor at the same grocery store and then file a lawsuit if you become injured.
How Does Winter Present a Higher Risk of Slip and Fall Accidents?
Although Alabama and Georgia do not commonly experience deep snows and heavy icing, winter does bring colder weather, increased precipitation and fewer hours of natural light. Most people are working during the hours of available daylight, requiring them to shop or visit during hours of increasing darkness. Limited visibility, combined with potentially slippery conditions, make winter risky for slip and fall accidents.
In addition, most people are more focused on staying warm in the cold winter months, and consequently are paying less attention to their surroundings. Stepping out of a parked car onto slippery pavement is a prime way to sustain a serious slip and fall injury. Or, walking out the public exit of a building after being indoors for a while, and not knowing the outside conditions, can mean the possibility of walking onto patches of ice or slippery concrete.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you’ll want to contact the Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown in Montgomery, AL, or Atlanta, GA. His experienced legal team can evaluate your potential case. They will ask a series of questions to determine where you were, what you were doing, what the weather was like and what sequence of events led up to your accident.
How Can a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Help Me?
Because property owners are obligated under the law to take reasonable measures to prevent accidents on their property, the fact of your accident may constitute negligence on their part. If they were truly negligent, the responsible parties will often work with their attorney to try and negotiate a settlement outside the courts to resolve your case.
Whether or not your slip and fall accident case goes before a court, you need a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney defending your rights and pursuing your right to adequate compensation. The Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown can provide experienced negotiators and litigators to aggressively pursue your case, in order to provide the most compensation possible.
This compensation for damages can cover injury-related expenses, including:
- Medical bills
- Therapy bills
- Lost wages from time off work
- Transportation to and from the doctor or therapy
- The cost of home assistance you may need during your recovery
In some instances, you may also be entitled to receive punitive damages, which are intended to punish the property owner for negligent or even criminally negligent behavior that contributed to your accident.
Slip and Fall Attorneys in Georgia and Alabama
The slip and fall attorneys from the Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown possess the necessary experience representing slip and fall accident victims. Each state has specific laws that govern how personal injury cases, and slip and fall cases, are to be handled. Your attorney from Dwayne L. Brown will have an intimate knowledge of the law in your state, so you can be confident in your legal representation.
Slip and fall accidents happen suddenly, and can bring with them harsh and surprising changes. Many victims do not know how or where to begin getting help. Contact the Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown in Montgomery, Alabama, or Atlanta, Georgia, to schedule a free initial consultation to review your case.
Posted on behalf of the Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown