Liquid on a slick floor can create a very dangerous condition. A slip and fall, especially onto a hard surface, can result in a sprained wrist, fractured elbow, torn rotator cuff, dislocated knee, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury. If you slipped and fell, you deserve compensation from the negligent property owner. To protect your rights, you should act quickly to investigate and preserve evidence of the slippery floor.
Gumprecht Law Firm is available to take your call 24/7. We can start an investigation immediately to determine whether you have a valid premises liability claim and to preserve crucial evidence.
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Duties of the Property Owner
The property owner is liable to visitors who are injured because of a dangerous condition he or she knew (or should have known) about. In a slip and fall case, this liability gives rise to important duties, including:
- Keeping the property in safe condition, including cleaning up slippery spills and leaks.
- Regularly inspecting the property for conditions that make floors slippery.
- Cleaning the slip hazard or warning visitors about the hazard.
Elements of Premises Liability Duties
Most slippery floor claims occur in grocery and drug stores because of the many bottles of liquids lining the shelves. A leaky or dropped bottle can immediately create a dangerous condition. Other common causes of slippery floors are leaky air conditioning units, leaky freezers or refrigerators, a maintenance crew mopping the floor or an inappropriate surface in a pool or spa area.
To prevail on your slip and fall claim, you must prove all elements of premises liability, which are:
- The property owner knew (or should have known) about the slippery floor, including a condition that was discoverable upon reasonable inspection.
- The property owner breached that duty by failing to clean up the liquid or warn you about the hazard.
- You were injured because of the fall on the slippery floor.
- You sustained damages as a direct result of your slip and fall accident.
You can prove actual knowledge or that the property owner would have discovered a slippery floor upon reasonable inspection. Notice, complaints and communications about the problem offer direct proof of knowledge. As soon as a customer complained, therefore, the store should have cleaned up the spill and set down cones to block the area in the meantime.
To prove the store should have known, we review videos that depict the spill and the accident and measure the time between the two events. We also analyze the condition of the item that caused the slipperiness. For example, a small, neat pile of liquid on the floor may indicate that a bottle just began to leak. Liquid that has spread and been tracked by footprints has probably been there for a long time, and thus, should have been discovered before you fell.
Call a Dedicated Georgia Slip and Fall Attorney to Recover From a Slip and Fall Injury
To learn more about your options for recovery after a slip and fall, call Gumprecht Law Firm at 678-800-1050. A Georgia slip and fall attorney is available for a free consultation 24/7. We represent you on a contingency fee basis, so you are not billed for attorneys’ fees unless we recover damages in a verdict or settlement.