Alpharetta Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
HS Law represents victims in Alpharetta and the Greater Atlanta area who have been injured in a Slip and Fall incident.
There is a legal doctrine in place that holds property owners reliable for making sure their premises are safe, called “premises liability”. This includes proper inspections, repairs on known hazards, and a proper warning of existing threats to visitors. If an accident happens and they fail to maintain their space, they will be held liable for the damages of the victim.
Unfortunately, many prospective clients that call other injury law firms never have their potential cases evaluated by attorneys. Many other personal injury law firms rely on “Case Managers” or “Intake Specialists” to evaluate potential cases. This is another way of saying that an attorney is not evaluating your case. Georgia premises liability law is very complex and non-lawyers frequently miss important information when evaluating potential new cases. Do not rely on advice from a non-lawyer. Your potential case deserves attention from a licensed and experienced slip and fall injury lawyer like those at HS Law.
Open and Obvious
If you suffer an injury on someone else’s property in Georgia, there are many potential ways an insurance company can defend your case. “Open and Obvious” is one of the defenses used by insurance companies handling premises liability cases. Basically, this defense states that if the injured person easily could have seen the hazardous condition (often something spilled or dropped on the floor), the store owner is not legally obligated to pay the injured victim.
Insurance company adjusters frequently deny claims by using this legal defense without examining all the facts. For example, if you told the insurance adjuster that the puddle of liquid that caused your fall was massive but did not go into more detail, the insurance adjuster may deny your claim based on that fact alone.
Some other important facts to know before denying this type of claim include not only the size of the spill but also what color the flooring was and what color the liquid was that spilled. Was the liquid clear? Was the floor white? If so, the spilled liquid may not be open and obvious despite the fact that there was a lot of it on the floor. The bottom line is that slip and fall cases require thorough legal evaluation by experienced lawyers. The lawyers at HS Law are happy to talk with you regarding your potential claim, even if it has been denied by an insurance adjuster.