Even in a well-lit grocery store, it is still possible for a person to sustain injuries in a slip-and-fall accident. In most cases, Georgia law protects those who have gotten hurt because of the negligence of another party. In fact, it may be possible to file a lawsuit for an accident that occurs in the parking lot or elsewhere outside of the store.
While those who fall may feel sheepish about it happening, there are thousands of such occurrences per year. In addition to actually slipping on a wet floor, individuals could get hurt because of an icy parking lot or cracked pavement leading to the entrance of the store. Those who have been injured should know that they may have a claim even if they don’t buy anything. This is because the store owner generally has a duty of care to protect anyone who is permitted to be on the property for any reason.
Individuals can also file a lawsuit regardless of how significant the injuries were. For example, someone who is in pain and has to see a doctor could take legal action to be compensated for those damages. If the person who fell was elderly or had some sort of physical condition, even a minor fall could lead to significant injuries.
A person who is injured because of the negligence of another party might be entitled to compensation for damages. Compensation may help pay medical bills related to the accident, lost wages or future earnings. An attorney may look over a case to determine if dangerous conditions existed that a property owner should have known about and taken steps to remove. In some cases, multiple parties may be liable for damages in a premises liability matter.