Rights and Responsibilities

Your Liability Rights and Responsibilities

You must report the injury to the place where the accident occurred as soon as possible. Have them fill out an incident report and get a copy.

You must see a doctor as soon as possible for your injuries. Only a doctor can determine if the injuries are from your fall or pre-existing. If your injury is pre-existing, only a doctor can determine if it was aggravated or worsened by your fall.

If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence you may be entitled to monetary recovery. However, the establishment would have to have known (or should have known) about the hazard, and failed to rectify the situation in a timely manner, in order to pursue a liability (or slip and fall) claim against them.

If you see a hazard on the ground and fail to safely navigate your way around it. Then the law considers both you and the establishment to have equal knowledge and no one is liable.

In liability cases it can sometimes be hard to identify whether or not you have a case, please contact our office if you were injured due to someone else’s negligence and we will review each case individually to help determine if anyone is at fault for your accident.

Frequently Asked Questions For Liability

Q: I slipped and fell while I was shopping, but don’t know what caused me to fall. Can I still get a recovery?

A: No. You can not get a monetary recovery for your injuries from a fall if you do not know what caused you to fall.

Q: I was injured when I fell, what do I do now?

A: If you fall in a store, report it immediately. If there are any witnesses, try to get their names on the incident report. Then seek medical treatment right away.

Q: I saw water on the floor and tried to go around it, but fell anyway, can I pursue a claim against the establishment?

A: No. You can NOT collect for injuries from a fall if you were aware of the hazard BEFORE you were injured.

Q: I fell in a store, but wasn’t hurt. However, the manager was rude and wouldn’t even help me. Is there anything I can do?

A: Not really. The law does not allow for common courtesy (unfortunately).

Q: Will your office pay for me to go see a doctor?

A: NO, unless you have a potentially serious injury and have already been to an Emergency Room.

Q: How do I get my bills paid?

A: There are several options available: Health Insurance and Lien
Health Insurance
| Lien

Q: If my case does not settle will you still pay my doctor bills?

A: Our office is not responsible to pay any bills unless we settled your case AND YOU HAVE AUTHORIZED US TO PAY OUTSTANDING BALANCES OR WE HAVE SIGNED A DOCTOR’S LIEN ON YOUR BEHALF.

Q: What are your attorney fees?

A: Our attorney fees are 1/3 of whatever money we recover for you in a settlement.

Q: Do I need an appointment?

A: Yes. However, most appointments can be made the same day if need be.

Q: I do not live in the city of Atlanta, and will not be able to make it into the office, is there anything that can be done?

A: Yes, although we prefer to meet with clients in person (at least for the initial visit) it is not mandatory that clients come in. There are other options available, please ask your attorney at the time of your call.

Q: When will I get my money?

A: Personal Injury settlements generally occur after the client is finished treating, but there can be some exceptions.


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