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My wife slipped in the grocery store aisle where there was a clear liquid on the floor, and she broke her ankle. She’s going to need surgery and will be out of work for two weeks. If we file a slip-and-fall claim against the grocery store, what can we recover?

Published February 12, 2018 by Bruce Millar

Here are your Georgia legal rights in this injury case situation: If you or a family member slipped in a grocery store and liability is established in your case, you may be eligible to recover at least three different kinds of or categories of damages: special, general and punitive damages. Special (economic) damages are actual losses, like future and past (current) medical expenses, lost pay and earnings into the future. General damages are non-financial (or economic) harms, like physical trauma and pain, mental suffering, scars or permanent injuries, or harm to or complete loss of a marital relationship. Punitive damages can also (sometimes, but rarely) be awarded in slip and fall cases, especially where it’s proven that the business or property owner had known of a dangerous condition and allowed it to continue to exist.  Punitive damages are intended to stop a person from repeating the same conduct or to punish him or her for especially reckless conduct and to deter the defendant and others from doing the same thing in the future.

A slip and fall case presents many challenges. Insurance companies are reluctant to settle claims for a fair amount and will vigorously contest them. However, the skilled, experienced and aggressive slip and fall attorneys at The Atlanta Georgia Millar Law Firm will work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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