Slippery Floor Accident Attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia
Slip and fall accidents are no joke. They cause serious injuries, including facial lacerations, concussions, neck and back injuries and sprains, and hip fractures. Accounting for 15% of accidental deaths, slips and falls are the most common cause of accidental death after motor vehicle accidents. A slippery floor accident is not always the fault of the property owner, but often times the owner or manager of the premises simply failed to take reasonable steps to prevent an otherwise avoidable accident. In cases of serious injury, the Atlanta attorneys at Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall, LLC work to hold the negligent property owner responsible for the harm they have caused.Unreasonably Slippery Floors
There are many different flooring materials that may be used, and some are naturally more slippery than others. Spilled liquids, mopping and waxing obviously make any floor much more slippery than it would ordinarily be. Property owners have a duty to avoid making floors unreasonably slippery. In the case of spills, this means conducting routine inspections of the floor and promptly cleaning up any liquids. In the case of mopping, waxing or other cleaning and maintenance, this may mean not performing such tasks in the middle of the day when there is a high volume of foot traffic, or refraining from such activities when it is raining outside and it is expected that visitors will be tracking in additional rain, mud or other slippery substances. Using the right cleaning products is also required to avoid creating a dangerous condition in walkways.Was the Owner on Notice of the Hazard? What About the Victim?
Regardless of the cause of the slippery floor, placing a sign or warning about the hazard in a conspicuous location is almost always a good idea. The fact that a floor is slippery is not always obvious, and putting out a sign warning customers or visitors may help people to be more cautious and avoid a serious slip and fall accident. Keep in mind, however, that having a sign in place may not relieve the property owner of liability for a slip and fall, depending upon all the circumstances.
In proving the owner's liability, a skilled accident attorney will show that the owner knew or should have known about the slippery surface, yet failed to correct it or put up a warning within a reasonable period. This can be a difficult aspect of the case, depending upon the reason the floor was slippery. An experienced premises liability lawyer will know how to investigate the accident, determine its cause, and prepare a strong case that proves the owner's liability to the injured victim. They will also help with the recovery of lost wages, medical bills, and other costs of the accident.Call KWFDM for Assistance After a Slip and Fall Injury
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on another's dangerously unsafe property, call Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall, LLC in Atlanta at 404-460-0101 for a free consultation regarding your right to compensation for your injuries. All information is kept strictly confidential, even if you choose not to hire our firm. We represent clients in Atlanta, Marietta, Roswell, Jonesboro and across the state of Georgia.