Winter Slip and Fall Accidents
Atlanta residents know that our winters are typically mild. But, every now and then, freezing rain or snow accumulates on roadways, parking lots, and other exterior surfaces. When it does, those areas become dangerous slip and fall hazards. If you were injured in a slip and fall incident on a commercial property in Atlanta, you might be entitled to recover compensation for your medical bills and other losses.
Slip and fall cases are technical, time-consuming, and expensive. Many of these cases are dismissed before the victim has the opportunity to put on his or her case for a jury. In order to maximize your chances of success, you should hire an Atlanta slip and fall attorneys that has successfully resolved these cases in the past. The legal team at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC has the knowledge, dedication, and resources to assist you.
Causes of Winter Slip and Fall Accidents
Many winter slip and fall accidents occur in retail shopping center parking lots and sidewalks. The shopping center management company is typically responsible for making sure that those areas are reasonably safe for walking. That means that they should regularly plow the area and disburse rock salt. If the management company failed to perform that task, and you were injured as a result, they might be responsible for compensating you for your harms.
Winter slip and fall accidents also occur inside of retail stores. For instance, people may track in snow and ice on their shoes. The snow and ice melts in the store entrance. The store tenant, and perhaps the property management company, as well, are responsible for making sure that the interior of the store is safe for customers. That means that they should place slip-resistant mats inside of the entrance. They should also routinely mop the floors and put down wet floor signs that warn customers to tread carefully. If the store tenant or property owner fail to perform those safety tasks, and you’re injured as a result, you might be able to recover compensation for your losses.
Common Injuries in Winter Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can cause many types of injuries, ranging from the most minor bruise to a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. Many victims suffer broken bones, muscle and ligament tears and herniated spinal discs that often require surgery. Depending upon the severity of the injury, the accident victim might be immobilized and unable to work for a long period of time. If surgery is necessary, the victim might also incur very high medical costs.
Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Help
If you were seriously injured in a winter slip and fall accident, we urge you to contact an Atlanta premises liability attorney. Many slip and fall accident victims mistakenly wait months, or even years, to hire a premises liability attorney. Some victims delay because they initially believe that they’re not very injured – only to later discover that they have a herniated spinal disc. Other victims delay because the property owner’s or manager’s insurance company leads them to believe that they’ll be fairly compensated for their injuries even if they don’t hire a lawyer or file a lawsuit.
The truth is that the insurance company initially denies fault in nearly 100% of slip and fall cases. In order to achieve a successful recovery, you will almost always have to file a lawsuit against the commercial property owner, manager, or both. If you wait too long to hire an attorney, critical evidence may have been lost. For instance, if there was surveillance footage of your fall, the store might have recorded over that footage if you even wait a few days to hire an attorney. In the absence of that surveillance footage, it might be difficult to prove that you fell in the store if there wasn’t a witness that watched you fall.
The attorneys at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC have won many slip and fall cases by being proactive. That means collecting as much evidence as possible at the earliest opportunity, taking the time to identify each and every safety rule that the property owners and managers violated, and making sure that their clients follow their doctor’s orders.