One of the biggest obstacles to collecting damages in slip-and-fall cases is that property owners are generally represented by insurance companies that are extremely reluctant to compensate those injured for any injury suffered. These insurance companies can also afford top lawyers, making it difficult for your average person to obtain a judgment in his or her favor. Accidents on others’ property happen all the time, however, and are often the result of the negligence of the property owner. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert premises liability attorney or slip and fall lawyer at 617-787-3700.
In a recent case out of Georgia, a woman slipped and fell at a large grocery store chain while an employee was allegedly only a couple of feet away. According to reports, no one assisted the woman after she fell, but as soon as the employee was aware of the fall, he ran to report the incident to the manager of the store. The woman soon after sued the store, alleging negligence in failing to properly maintain the premises, which led to her injuries.
A Georgia court initially granted summary judgment to the defendant grocery store, as conflicting testimony made it unclear as to how close the employee was, and, therefore, if anyone should have known of the danger of people potentially slipping and falling. However, an Appellate Court reversed, as the lower court erroneously failed to consider the facts in the light most favorable to the defendant. This is a requirement in a summary judgment context. It will now be up to a jury to decide whether the store is liable for the victim’s injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert slip and fall attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our personal injury attorney specialists today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!