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Discuss Your Legal Rights with a Macon Trip and Fall Lawyer at Searcy Denney

When you get injured in a trip and fall accident, proving fault is a key step on the road to securing just compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses. While many victims assume they are at fault since they are the ones who tripped and fell, the reality is that trip and fall accident victims frequently have fault-based claims for damages. If you were injured on someone else’s property in Georgia, it is important that you speak with a Macon trip and fall lawyer to find out if you are entitled to a financial recovery.

What Constitutes “Fault” in a Trip and Fall Accident in Georgia?

In order to prove that you are entitled to financial compensation for a trip and fall accident, you must first prove that someone else (i.e. the owner of the property or business where you tripped and fell) was legally at fault. This fault can take many different forms, including:

1. Failure to Maintain a Clear Walkway

Many trips and falls occur because property and business owners fail to maintain clear walkways for their guests and customers.

2. Failure to Perform Routine Maintenance

Inadequate property maintenance is a common factor in trip and fall accidents as well. This includes failure to maintain walking surfaces in a reasonably safe condition and failure to clear potential trip hazards.  

3. Failure to Make Necessary Repairs

Failure to repair sidewalks, parking lots, stairs, and interior walking surfaces can expose guests and customers to trip hazards that can lead to serious injuries.

4. Failure to Provide Adequate Lighting

Inadequate lighting can obscure trip hazards and lead to sudden and unexpected falls. This is a common factor in hallways, alleyways, parking lots, parking garages and other dimly-lit areas.

5. Faulty Construction and Building Code Violations

Faulty construction is to blame for a significant number of trip and fall accidents. This includes, but is not limited to, faulty construction resulting in building code violations (i.e. stairs that are too steep or curbs that are too tall).

6. Unmarked Trip Hazards

Unmarked curbs, parking blocks, changes in floor height (i.e. step-ups and step-downs) and other hazards are also common factors in trip and fall accidents. Property owners in Georgia have a legal duty to ensure that these types of hazards are properly marked.

7. A Macon Trip and Fall Lawyer Can Also Handle Your Workplace Accident Claim

Construction sites and other workplaces present many trip and fall risks. If you were injured at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation, and you may have a premises liability claim against the property owner as well.

Discuss Your Legal Rights with a Macon Trip and Fall Lawyer at Searcy Denney

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a trip and fall accident in Macon, we encourage you to speak with one of our personal injury lawyers about your legal rights. You can call us 24/7 at 888-829-3357 to schedule an appointment, or tell us how to reach you and a member of our team will be in touch shortly. 


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