Frequently Asked Questions About Premises Liability In Atlanta
Premises liability falls under the expansive umbrella of personal injury law, relating to injuries sustained on another person’s property, whether it be a store, parking lot, apartment, hotel, or other property. Some of the most common premises liability cases involve slip-and-fall accidents, though there are several other types as well. If you sustained an injury on someone else’s property due to hazardous conditions, you might be eligible for compensation. At Pratt Clay LLC, our skilled personal injury attorneys have experience in handling such cases and will provide the knowledgeable and trustworthy services you deserve.
We have compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions regarding premises liability cases and accompanying answers that will help you as you move forward with your lawsuit:
What steps should I take after being injured in a slip-and-fall accident?
After falling on dangerous property, you should report the hazard as soon as possible and, if there are any witnesses, try to obtain their names for the incident report. Additionally, you should make it a top priority to seek medical treatment immediately, even if you do not believe the injury to be that severe. Symptoms are not always readily apparent, so the only way to know for sure how injured you are is to have a medical professional examine you. Remember, always report a fall after it happens and, no matter where you are, do not leave the premises without first reporting the incident to the manager or owner of the property.
Is it crucial for me to know what caused my fall?
You should absolutely understand what the cause of your fall was. If you cannot say with any certainty what caused your fall, it is not likely that you will have a case.
What should I take note of regarding the area in which I fell?
Examine the area where you feel for caution signs, but be aware that store employees might attempt to put signs or cones up in the area after your
fall and claim that they were already there. Maintaining awareness of your surroundings can make a big difference in your case. In fact, if possible, take pictures of the hazard that caused your fall. It is more than likely that the hazard will be addressed after it is reported, so the pictures you take will be the best way to preserve evidence that proves the property owner’s negligence.
What should I say to store management or the insurance company?
Never give a statement over the phone to a person who works for an insurance company or to anyone who contacts you from the risk management department of the property or store in which you fell. Instead, speak with your personal injury attorney first. At Pratt Clay LLC, one of our attorneys can provide sound legal advice and assist you in protecting your interests by helping you deal with the insurance company and store representatives.
Is it okay if I wait and see if my pain goes away before deciding if I need to see a doctor?
Postponing medical treatment not only poses a risk to your health and overall well-being, but it can harm your personal injury case as well. If you put off a visit to the doctor, the insurance company might argue that you were not as badly injured as you claimed to be since you did not seek medical attention immediately. They might even suggest that you sustained your injuries from a different incident. You might not enjoy having to see a doctor, but doing so can save you a lot of trouble in the future.
Should I save the clothes I was wearing at the time of the incident?
Yes, save the clothes and shoes you were wearing during the accident, particularly if they were altered in any way as a result of it. For example, your pants might have a hole or scuff. Do not wash your clothes and shoes or wear them again since they can be used as valuable evidence in your premises liability case.