Augusta Slip and Fall Lawyer
You didn’t ask to slip, fall, and suffer injuries on another party’s property. Now, you could face mountains of medical bills, missed time from work, and other hardships. You may ask: “What happens now?”
Georgia law allows you to seek compensation for your injury-related losses. An Augusta slip and fall lawyer from our law firm can accomplish this for you. The Hawk Firm provides free case consultations for fall victims. Contact our team today if you were hurt in a slip, trip, or another fall accident. Our team can explain your rights, assess your options, and answer your questions.
Table of Contents
- What You Can Expect From Our Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers
- Frequently Asked Questions About Slips and Falls in Augusta
- Measures After a Slip and Fall Accident
- Slips, Trips, and Other Falls Are Common Causes of Augusta Injuries
The Hawk Firm Represents Augusta Slip and Fall Injury Victims
Augusta residents recognize our founder, Jacque Hawk, as one of the most successful trial lawyers in the area. For almost 35 years, our team has fought for justice for injury victims in Augusta and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). Our knowledge and experience allow us to provide legal solutions to injured people.
Our clients trust us to act both compassionately and aggressively, providing peace of mind that their case is in good hands. We look at each case individually and are honest and transparent about what the client can expect. Justice and fair compensation are always our goals, and our focus is on the client’s best interest. With our team on your side, you can feel confident that we are making the best choices for you.
It Costs Nothing Upfront to Partner With Our Team
We represent our clients based on contingency. This decision is a part of our dedication to meeting our clients’ needs. We know many people struggle financially following an injury when they have mounting bills and missed paychecks. Instead of charging clients fees upfront, we only charge attorney’s fees after we secure a payout. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
What You Can Expect From Our Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers
We have one goal: to recover compensation for your losses. We intend to do this by:
Gathering Case-Related Evidence
Our attorneys work with clients to document their injuries, treatment, prognosis, and other case details. These tasks are essential when seeking compensation. We may start your case with an investigation.
This involves gathering:
- Medical records
- Medical bills
- Related receipts for out-of-pocket expenditures
- Other documentation of expenses paid
- Expert testimony about future and ongoing medical care
- Employment records
Establishing Your Accident’s Cause
Falls can occur in many ways. Yet, we must outline the specific reason for your fall when negotiating with the insurer.
We’ve managed slip and fall accident claims caused by:
- Poor cleaning, waxing, or maintenance techniques
- Torn flooring or carpet
- Uneven floors, stairs, or unmarked steps
- Missing or broken handrails
- Holes in flooring, yards, pavement, or carpet
- Slick tiles
- Poor lighting
- Items in a walkway
- Cords across a walkway
Photographs, videos, eyewitness statements, and official reports filed by those on the scene are key to proving causation. Without knowing what caused the fall and having strong evidence to support it, there is little we can do to show the property owner’s negligence.
Under Georgia law, those hurt in a fall accident can hold the property owner legally responsible when they can show negligence occurred. In general, property owners have a duty to keep visitors to their property safe from unreasonable hazards. When there is an unreasonable hazard, and it causes your fall and injuries, the evidence could point toward negligence.
This can become somewhat complicated, though. The property owner often claims they were unaware of the hazard. We need to show they knew—or should have known—about the hazard.
For example, imagine you slipped in a spill at a big box store just off the Bobby Jones Expressway. The store managers—and their lawyers—claim the store is not liable because they were unaware of the spill. However, we obtain surveillance video that shows several employees walking by the spill, and no one stops to clean it. This is likely enough to hold the store legally responsible.
Filing a Claim or Lawsuit
When it comes to recovering compensation after an Augusta fall, our team knows the legal solutions that help our clients receive a fair and just payout.
These solutions generally include:
- Filing an insurance claim, demanding a fair payout, and negotiating a settlement
- Suing the liable party and negotiating an out-of-court settlement
- Suing the liable party and taking the case to trial
We can implement a legal strategy that meets your case’s needs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Slips and Falls in Augusta
As you weigh your legal options, you may ask:
Will I Have to File a Lawsuit?
Sometimes, we need to sue the property owner to recover compensation. This is not always necessary, but we recommend it when the circumstances require it.
This could occur because:
- There are disagreements about the facts of the case.
- Punitive damages could be available.
- The deadline is coming.
- The insurer refuses a fair settlement.
- There are other reasons why our attorney believes it is necessary.
If we need to sue in your case, we likely have only two years from the fall date to do so under Georgia law. In most cases, this statute sets a deadline on the second anniversary of the fall. Missing this deadline results in losing your right to sue and makes it difficult to recover compensation.
Does The Hawk Firm Manage Wrongful Death Cases?
Some fall victims pass away from their injuries. Georgia law allows immediate family members to pursue wrongful death damages when this occurs. We handle these cases and fight for justice on behalf of the victim and their survivors. We understand how challenging this can be. Yet, we do everything possible to recover the damages you need.
Where Do Slips and Falls Happen?
You can pursue compensation after almost any fall that occurred outside of your own home. We build cases for clients to hold various businesses, individuals, and organizations legally liable.
We’ve managed slip and fall accident cases stemming from hazards at:
- Big box stores
- Small shops
- Casual dining, fast food, or elegant restaurants
- Doctors’ offices
- Theaters, arenas, and other venues
- Bars and clubs
- Private schools
- Public property, under some circumstances
A good way to find out if you may have a case is to contact our team for your free initial consultation. We can assess your case to determine your options and explain the legal solutions that could yield compensation.
What Injuries Arise From Slip and Fall Accidents in Augusta?
Fractures are the most common serious consequences of falls. When a person falls backward, they may land on their hip, tailbone, or pelvis, breaking the bone. When they fall forward, it is instinctual to put a hand out to stop the fall. This often leads to wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries, including fractures.
Depending on the details of what happened, it is possible to suffer catastrophic injuries in an Augusta fall. This is most likely in falls from an elevated height, such as when a railing gives way on a balcony. However, traumatic brain injuries, concussions, skull fractures, neck and back injuries, and spinal cord injuries are possible in many types of falls.
Measures After a Slip and Fall Accident
We can do everything possible to seek the recovery you need. However, to some extent, we need your help. Here are some post-accident considerations that could bolster your claim or lawsuit:
Get Medical Help
There’s no such thing as a minor slip and fall—even if you walked away from the accident scene. You could have hidden injuries that affect your quality of life. By visiting a healthcare professional, you get the treatment necessary to better your well-being. You also get information to bolster your case, such as lab test results, imaging scans, and other details.
Follow Through With Your Treatment Plan
It’s not enough to seek medical attention following a slip and fall accident in Augusta. You must also follow your treatment plan. This may involve attending physical therapy, taking medications as prescribed, and scheduling follow-up visits.
Failing to adhere to your treatment plan does more than jeopardize your health; it could also jeopardize your case. We want to show the insurer that you’re committed to making a full recovery and deserve compensation.
Refer All Settlement Offers to Your Attorney
The insurance company wants to close your case as quickly as possible, so it can move on to the next claim. To do this, it may offer substantially less than you need. Accepting an initial settlement or signing a waiver of liability may not be in your best interest. So, we ask that you refer all settlement offers to your slip and fall injury team. After evaluating your damages, we can explain whether an offer meets your needs.
Consult Our Legal Team
During your free consultation, you can learn more about your financial recovery options and next steps. You can also get answers to some of your most pressing questions, including what results we’ve secured for others in similar situations.
Slips, Trips, and Other Falls Are Common Causes of Augusta Injuries
At The Hawk Firm, we represent clients with fall injuries every day. We know how these injuries occur, how to document the property owners’ negligence, and how to build a successful compensation claim. We take our job of getting justice for our clients seriously because we know the effects a fall injury can have on their everyday life.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 684,000 people pass away from fatal fall injuries every year. This makes falls the second-highest cause of accidental deaths worldwide, behind traffic accidents. About 37.3 million people visit an emergency department, doctor, or an urgent care clinic for medical attention after a fall each year.
In the United States, the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) reports there are about eight million emergency department visits annually for falls. This accounts for more than one-fifth of all visits.
- Slip and falls: These falls usually cause the victim to fall backward. They account for more than one million ER visits annually.
- Trips and falls: These falls are the most common type. The person generally falls forward and may try to use their arms to catch themselves, causing injuries.
- Falls from elevation: Falls from an elevated height can be especially hazardous. This could include falling down stairs or from a balcony, deck, or porch.
Serious fall injuries can occur anywhere. While they often happen at home, falls in other locations are often the property owner’s fault. If you suffered fall injuries while shopping at Surrey Center, dining at a local soul food cafe, or seeing a concert at James Brown Arena, our team is here to help.
Discuss Your Augusta Slip and Fall Injury With Our Legal Team
The Hawk Firm offers free consultations for those with fall injuries in Augusta. We answer questions, assess the facts of the case, and explain your next possible steps during these meetings. You can learn about our services and the legal solutions available to you from our team. For more information, reach out to an Augusta personal injury lawyer.
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