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How to Tell if You Have a Slip and Fall Claim


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Should You Schedule a Free Consultation with an Albany Slip and Fall Lawyer?

You slipped and fell on someone else’s property. So, does this mean that you have a slip and fall claim? While slip and fall accidents are usually fairly straightforward, determining if you have a claim for financial compensation can be a challenge. Here are three questions you can ask yourself to decide if you should speak with an Albany slip and fall lawyer:

1. Where Did You Fall?

If you slipped and fell in your own home, you do not have a premises liability claim (although you could potentially have a claim for a product defect or negligent construction). However, if you fell anywhere else – including a store, office, government building, public park or neighbor’s home – then you could potentially have a slip and fall claim.

2. Why Were You There?

On the road, all drivers owe the same duty of care to all other motorists. But, when it comes to premises liability, this is not the case. In Georgia, property owners and tenants owe varying duties of care depending on why someone else is on their property:

  • If you were shopping at a store, vising a professional or medical office, or patronizing any other type of business, then you were on the property as an “invitee.” In Georgia, invitees are owed the highest duty of care.
  • If you were visiting someone else’s home (with their consent), then you were on the property as a “licensee.” Licensees are not owed the same duty of care as invitees, but property owners and tenants still have a duty to avoid “willful” or “wanton” conduct that causes licensees avoidable harm.
  • If you were on the property without permission or consent, then you were a “trespasser” for purposes of the law of premises liability. Trespassers are afforded the least protection in Georgia, but they can still have claims for compensation in some circumstances.

3. Why Did You Fall?

Finally, why did you fall? If you were being reckless or if you ignored an obvious risk, then your injury might be on you. But, if you fell as a result of almost any other issue, then there is a good chance that you are entitled to financial compensation. For example, common grounds for pursuing premises liability claims in Georgia include:

  • Failure to clean up spills and other slip hazards
  • Failure to repair damaged premises
  • Failure to warn of (or prevent access to) areas with potential injury risks

These are not the only questions you need to answer, but they are among the most important. For a comprehensive assessment of your legal rights after a slip and fall accident in Albany, schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.

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