Sidewalk & Parking Lot Falls in Georgia
Slip and fall injuries are a primary cause of injury in the U.S., leading to around a million emergency room visits per year, according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). Unfortunately, many of the slip-and-fall accidents that end in Georgia emergency room visits happen in parking lots or on sidewalks where they could have been prevented if the sidewalk or lot had been properly maintained.
When a slip or fall occurs on a parking lot or a sidewalk in Georgia, the owner of the property or the entity responsible for maintaining the space could potentially be held liable. To get help filing a Georgia personal injury lawsuit to recover money you deserve after a slip and fall on a parking lot or sidewalk, contact the dedicated Atlanta slip-and-fall lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC. We have been representing injured victims throughout Georgia since 1995. We can put our legal experience with slip-and-fall cases to work for you.
For a free consultation about your case, call us today at 404-620-4301 or fill out our online form. We can discuss your legal rights and available options for compensation.
How Do GA Fall Accidents Happen on Atlanta Parking Lots and Sidewalks?
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen almost anywhere. They can also occur for a variety of different reasons. However, some of the most common risks that lead to slip-and-fall accidents in parking lots include:
Ice cause falls in Atlanta, GA
– Black ice can blend into the pavement and be difficult to detect.
Snow or sleet caused a slip & fall in Atlanta
– Snow and sleet, even though rare in the Atlanta area, can create a tripping hazard of their own but can also worsen the risk of black ice. A thin layer of snow can cover up an icy surface below.
Spills cause falls in Atlanta, GA
– Oil and other slippery fluids can spill onto the surface of a parking lot, creating a slick patch that is a tripping or slipping hazard.
Debris leads to a fall in Atlanta
– Items left in parking lots or on sidewalks in walking paths can create a tripping hazard, causing a fall risk.
Uneven surfaces can lead to falls in Atlanta
– An uneven surface on a sidewalk or parking lot pavement can result in your foot’s not landing as expected, causing your center of gravity to shift and leading to a fall.
Irregular or loose surfaces cause Atlanta slip and falls
– Gravel and other uneven or irregular surfaces can be more difficult to walk on and can create a danger.
Inadequate lighting lead to dangerous slips in Atlanta
– A dark or shadowy parking lot can be dangerous on its own or can exacerbate the other risk factors that exist, such as ice or sleet, since it can be difficult to see that these dangers exist in a dark space.
These are some of the most common reasons for slips and falls, trips and falls, steps and falls and stump-and-fall accidents. These accidents can happen anywhere, from parking lots at shopping centers, restaurants or churches to sidewalks that line the streets of your neighborhood.
Who is Responsible for Fall Accidents on Atlanta, Georgia Parking Lots and Sidewalks?
When a slip-and-fall accident occurs on a parking lot or a sidewalk, it could cause serious injuries, including bone fractures, brain injuries or even death. The costs of treating the injuries may be expensive and lead to more financial loss as a result of missing work. If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence or failure to exercise reasonable care, then the person who failed you can be held liable and made to pay for the damages (both economic and non-economic) that you incurred.
A number of potential individuals or entities could potentially be held liable for slip-and-fall accidents in parking lots or sidewalks. The potential defendants in a slip-and-fall lawsuit after you injure yourself include:
Owners of the commercial establishment that provided the parking lot
– Store or restaurant owners are expected to protect their guests by regularly inspecting their premises (including the parking lot). They should either fix any dangers on the premises or warn guests about them. If a store or restaurant owner allows a hazard, such as a dark parking lot or a sidewalk in disrepair, then the store / restaurant owner could be held liable.
Operators of the commercial establishment that provided the parking lot
– If a store or restaurant owner is renting property, they can still be held liable for injuries that occur on that property even if it is owned by another. Liability in these cases will depend on who had control and responsibility for the lot.
Apartment complex owners
– If you visit a friend at an apartment and injure yourself, it can be complicated to determine whether your friend or the landlord is responsible for compensating you. The general rule, however, is that if the injury happens in a common space such as a parking lot, the apartment complex owner or manager can be held liable.
Government entities responsible for sidewalk maintenance
– If you get injured on a public sidewalk, you could potentially sue the government entity responsible for maintaining the sidewalk. However, the government enjoys limited protection from suit, so these types of cases tend to be more complex and follow a different course than standard cases.
These parties are not the only potential defendants in a parking lot or sidewalk slip-and-fall case. Any person or entity who had a duty to maintain the space and who failed in that duty in a way that led to your injury could potentially be held responsible.
Proving Liability in an Atlanta, Georgia Parking Lot or Sidewalk Slip and Fall
When you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident on a parking lot or a sidewalk, you can recover compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional distress in a personal injury lawsuit. However, you’ll need to prove a few things in order to do so. For example, you’ll need to prove:
- The property owner had a responsibility to you to keep you safe.
- The property owner failed to live up to his responsibility because he knew (or should have known) about the defect and didn’t correct it or warn you about it even though he had time to do so.
- You were injured as a result of the failure of the property owner.
- The danger was not “open and obvious,” which means you didn’t see the obvious hazard and choose to walk into it anyway.
In the case of snow or ice, there’s also an added question: Whether the snow or ice was a natural accumulation that wasn’t attributed to any action on the part of the property owner or entity/individual responsible for property maintenance. In the majority of cases, property owners can’t be held responsible for normal and natural accumulations of snow in a parking lot or on a sidewalk that you can plainly see in front of you.
Contact an Atlanta, Georgia Slip-and-Fall Lawyer Today
It can be difficult to prove liability in a slip-and-fall case arising from an accident in a parking lot or on a sidewalk. At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we will help you every step of the way, from choosing the right defendant to building solid evidence. We can assist you by helping you to find engineers or other expert witnesses, and by working with you to either negotiate a settlement or prove your case in court.
Your consultation is free, and our legal fees are charged on a no-win/no-fee basis. In other words, you pay no legal fees unless you are compensated for your injuries.