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If you or a loved one is the victim of a serious personal injury from a slip and fall on someone else’s property in the Augusta, Georgia area, contact the premises liability attorneys at Nicholson Revell, LLP.

When you are injured by defective or dangerous property conditions, you need a knowledgeable attorney to represent you. With a name in law for more than 80 years, Nicholson Revell LLP has extensive experience helping slip and fall accident victims in almost any scenario. Call the Augusta personal injury attorneys at  Nicholson Revell LLP today. We can be reached at (706) 722-8784 to schedule your free legal consultation.

Why Choose Us

  • We have the experience to properly handle your case. Our attorneys have practiced law for more than 100 years combined. We are leaders in the legal community.
  • Our attorneys are selective in the cases they accept. This gives us time to fully focus on each case and client for the best possible results.
  • We stand by our law firm’s principles. We believe in holding wrongdoers accountable, providing high-quality legal representation, and helping people who cannot help themselves.

Why You Need an Attorney

If you have been injured on someone else’s property, an attorney is necessary for a fair insurance process. Insurance companies are notorious for devaluing claims and offering clients as little money as possible. Most insurance companies don’t take clients seriously until they hire attorneys.

If you do hire a premises liability lawyer, your lawyer can handle complicated legal matters on your behalf, including negotiating a fair settlement. If your case cannot settle, your lawyer can help you go to trial instead.

Maximizing your financial outcome can be extremely important if you have serious or catastrophic injuries. You may be facing months, years, or a lifetime of medical expenses, medications, appointments, and physical therapy. Having a lawyer negotiate for you can give you peace of mind about the future.

What Is Premises Liability Law?

In Georgia, property owners have a legal duty to keep their properties safe from unreasonable dangers. If a property owner does not take the necessary steps to correct the dangerous condition on his or her property and you are injured, you may have a premises liability claim against the owner.

Generally, to prevail in a premises liability claim, an injured person must establish that (1) the owner prior owner had prior knowledge of the danger, and (2) the property owner did not take reasonable steps to correct the hazard. Premises liability claims include many types of accidents caused by defective or dangerous property situations.

Some of the types of premises liability case our firm is prepared to handle include:

  • Hotel or apartment fires
  • Negligent security
  • Landlords’ failure to keep a property in a safe condition
  • Falls on escalators and elevators
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Slip and fall
  • Trip and fall
  • Construction accidents
  • Electrocution
  • Improperly maintained store fixtures
  • Falling merchandise
  • Broken stairs or unmarked step downs
  • Balcony collapses
  • Assaults, shootings, or other violent attacks
  • Dog bites

Our premises liability attorneys understand the legal requirements that property owners (either residential or commercial) are required to maintain. We will help you understand your legal rights and recover damages to compensate you for your injuries. These damages can include lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are the most common reason for premises liability claims in Georgia. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, more than one million people visit emergency rooms in the U.S. each year for slip and fall injuries. A slip and fall accident can happen on a property that contains hazards or defects:

  • Ice and snow
  • Spilled drinks
  • Food debris
  • Freshly mopped or waxed floors
  • Grease
  • Lack of Wet Floor warning signs
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Dangerous staircases
  • Cracked sidewalks
  • Crowded aisles
  • Low lighting
  • Exposed cords
  • Loose rugs

Slip and fall accidents are typically preventable. They occur when a property owner or business employee is careless in property maintenance and fails to repair potential hazards. If you slipped and fell over an obstacle or defect that a reasonable property owner would have fixed, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim.

Common Premises Liability Injuries

The main reason to bring a premises liability claim in Georgia is to seek financial compensation for your injuries.The injuries you sustain because of someone else’s carelessness could cost thousands of dollars in medical expenses alone. If you were not at fault for your accident, you shouldn’t be the person who has to pay the bills.

Some of the most common injuries suffered in premises liability accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Hip fractures
  • Wrist sprains
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Herniated disks
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Dog bite injuries
  • Accidental drowning
  • Burns
  • Assault injuries
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death

Premises accident injuries can be extremely serious. They can cause permanent scarring, disfigurement, and disability. Your injuries may take you out of work temporarily or permanently, adding lost wages to your losses. It is important to bring a premises liability claim against a careless property owner if you or a loved one has been seriously injured. A successful claim can help you get your life back on track.

How to Prove a Premises Liability Case

Before you can obtain financial compensation for a premises liability accident, you or your lawyer must prove the necessary legal elements. The burden of proof – the responsibility to prove someone else’s fault – rests with the injured party (plaintiff) in a premises liability lawsuit. It is up to your lawyer to preserve, collect and present evidence that proves four elements as more likely to be true than untrue:

  1. The defendant was the legal owner or controller of the property. The person you are claiming is liable for your injuries must have been the party in charge of controlling, caring for, and maintaining the property. This gives the person a duty of care to use the property in a safe manner and take basic steps to minimize danger to others.
  2. The defendant failed to fulfill his or her duties of care in maintaining the property. A property owner’s duties of care change according to the classification of the visitor. Owners owe the highest duty of care to invitees, a slightly lesser duty of care to licensees, and no duty of care to trespassers.
  3. The plaintiff suffered an injury. You must have suffered an injury and/or compensable losses to bring a premises liability lawsuit in Georgia. These losses can include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and out-of-pocket costs. These are the losses for which you can recover financial compensation with a successful claim.
  4. The defendant’s carelessness was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff to be injured. The defendant’s breach of the duty of care must be what gave you an injury. The harm you suffered must have been foreseeable due to the defendant’s carelessness in maintaining the property.

Evidence in a premises liability claim in Augusta can take the form of photographs of the property defect, video surveillance footage of the accident, eyewitness statements, accident reports, medical records, and expert testimony. Your lawyer can help you gather clear and convincing evidence in a thorough investigation of your accident. Then, your lawyer can present this evidence to an insurance company or courtroom on your behalf.

What Is the Time Limit for Filing?

Under Georgia Code Section 9-3-33, an injured person has no more than two years from the date of injury to file a personal injury claim. This means the clock on your right to file starts ticking on the date of your premises liability accident and ends two years later. If you wait longer than two years to try to file, the courts in Georgia will most likely dismiss your case. Speak to an injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident to make sure you meet your deadline.

Contact a Premises Liability/Slip and Fall Attorney Today

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident or another type of premises liability incident in Augusta, Georgia, contact us right away for a free consultation. Our lawyers want to help you pursue justice and fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Find out how we can help you today.