Slip and fall injuries are one of the most common types of cases Georgia personal injury lawyers see. Many people who get injured from falls are not even aware of how seriously hurt they are until later. This is particularly true with elderly people who have more delicate systems. For them even a light fall can cause broken bones or trauma that leads to further injury. When people fall in a public area they tend to get embarrassed. This coupled with their bodies going into shock can lead them to feel their injures are not as bad as they really are.
In instances where you fall and land on your back, you may damage the nerves in the spine, causing pain and numbness in your limbs that you would not immediately associate with your fall. Georgia slip and fall victims should be aware that just because they were not immediately rushed to the emergency room after a fall, they are still entitled to file a suit for their injuries.
There are many different scenarios to how a slip and fall can occur in Georgia. If you walk into a public restroom and slip because there is liquid soap on the floor that no one cleaned up, that is an example of negligence. Another example is slipping on ice or snow in front of a store. Generally, property owners are not liable for dangerous weather conditions, but in cases where a walkway should clearly have been shoveled or a heavy traffic area obviously needed salt are pretty clear cases of negligence, especially in Georgia where snow and ice are such rare occurrences. Slip and falls can also happen at work. For example, a water cooler in the break room drips onto the linoleum floor. Several employees have reported this to HR and it is cleaned up when reported but nothing further is done about it. One day you are walking past and slip in a puddle and fall down bruising you tailbone and causing permanent injury to your back. This is a clear case of negligence and not your bad luck or clumsiness. Likewise, if a client was to slip in the same situation, the office would most likely be liable for the injuries.
If you do slip and fall, even if it seems minor at the time, make sure you report it to store management, your office's HR, or the property owner. This just makes good sense, even if you feel fine and the fall was not that serious. You will be helping both yourself if your injuries prove more serious than you thought initially and others from slipping on the same hazard in the future.