If you want to make sure that you have the best chance at success, you have to start by filing your case on time. In Georgia, you are given a limited amount of time in which you can bring your case. State law says that you have two years starting from the date of your slip and fall.
If you do not bring your claim or have it settled in civil court before that time frame, you will no longer be eligible for compensation. The best move to make after you have been hurt is to hire an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner that you get to an attorney, they stronger your case likely will be.
Two years can go by very quickly if you do not act with urgency. Slip and fall cases take time to get going and you want to give your attorney as much time as possible. We may not be able to help you if you wait until the last minute to bring your claim. You want your evidence protected right away and you want your witnesses to give their testimony as soon as possible.
When you are going after compensation, you should be aware of what exactly you are getting compensated for. There are tree main things that someone in a personal injury case gets compensated for and that includes:
With a slip and fall, you may even be able to get compensation if you have property damages such as the cost of fixing your phone if it broke during your accident.
An important part of how you get compensated relates to your role in possibly causing the accident. Slip and falls are typically caused by a slipping hazard or tripping hazard and if you were slightly distracted by this, you may bare some fault. For example, if you were on your phone while you tripped over something, the insurance negotiations may determine you to be partially at fault.
In Georgia, we follow modified comparative negligence. If you are partially at fault, your compensation gets reduced by the percent that you are determined to be at fault.
It is not uncommon to see a serious and/or life-altering injury happen after a slip and fall. There can be injuries such as:
If you have an injury like this, you need to get it checked on by a medical professional as soon as possible. You should never wait to seek treatment for your injuries because you want to get on the road to recovery as soon as you can.
Medical attention is the most important step to take after you have been hurt. Tell you doctor about every bump and pain. You want a thorough report done about your condition so that you can use this to show the insurance company a record of the injuries their insured is responsible for.
A common piece of advice for anyone who has been hurt and is seeking compensation would be to avoid talking to the insurance company that represents the liable party. Do not ever give a recorded statement to the insurance company without first talking to an attorney about your case. They can protect you from saying the wrong thing and damaging your chances for full compensation.
If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall and you are looking for a dependable and skilled attorney, please call our office right away to set up a free initial consultation. We will work for your case tirelessly to get the results that you deserve. Our Georgia slip and fall attorneys are here to help guide you through the case every step of the way to win you the fairest compensation award possible. We are eager to take your call.