Premises liability and the Georgia winter

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2020 | Premises Liability |

Like most people, you probably do everything in your power to avoid a fall, maintaining awareness of your surroundings and avoiding anything you see that may be dangerous. Indoors, slip-and-fall accidents are often caused by slippery substances spilled on the floor or dropped objects presenting tripping hazards. 

However, freezing winter temperatures and early spring rains or floods can overlap to create slippery conditions in parking lots, steps and business entrances. Shaded spots may be wet or icy even when the rest of the parking lot is dry, and water may pool around steps. Covered entrances often retain ice or moisture longer than other areas, and water from outside may get tracked inside, making indoor conditions perilous as well. 

Do not feel embarrassed 

No matter how careful you are, sometimes a hidden hazard may still trip you up. You simply have no way of knowing the property as well as the owner, manager and occupants do. For example, potholes and low spots collect puddles which become tripping and slipping dangers after rainfall, but once the rain has begun you have no way of detecting their location. 

Seek medical attention 

If you do slip and fall, it is imperative that you seek medical evaluation. You may feel like a bruise, cut or ache is minor and temporary. However, unless you are a trained medical professional, you may not realize the extent of an injury or the long-term implications. Consult with a doctor as soon as possible after an incident. 

Get proper help 

You may be hesitant to seek medical care because you fear insurance may not cover it, and you wonder if you will be able to afford the bill. Do not let financial concerns keep you from taking proper care of yourself. Resources are available, and the full burden of payment may not fall solely on you. Georgia law states that owners must keep their property safe and that you do not need to suffer needlessly when your injuries are due to someone else’s negligence. You deserve to receive all the care you need.