After surveying the contents of his refrigerator at 10pm, a man decides to go to the grocery store to pick up a gallon of milk for his cereal in the morning. At the store, as the man moves toward the refrigerated section, he skids across the floor, slips and falls. In an attempt to break the fall, the man broke his wrist, which necessitated surgery and a one-week stay in a hospital.
The man arrived at the grocery store as a customer, and left as an injured party who suffered damage as a result of a liquid substance on the floor. To assess whether people such as this man possesses a claim, Marietta slip-and-fall accident attorneys routinely perform investigations of events, similar to the event describe above. It is crucial to preserve all evidence related to the slip and fall and complete an accident report if the injury occurred in a public place.
A customer in a store is classified as an invitee. Under O.C.G.A. § 51-3-1, business invitees, which include customers, are those who enter a premises at the express or implied invitation of the owner or possessor for the purpose of participating in a business transaction. To customers, a business owner or possessor owes a duty to maintain the property in a safe condition, and to conduct a reasonable inspection of the property to detect hidden dangers.
If a hazardous condition is found, the owner or possessor should do one of the following:
- Fix the hazardous condition.
- Repair the hazardous condition.
- Remove the hazardous condition.
If the owner or possessor cannot fix, repair or remove, then they must warn the invitee of the condition. In the above example, the manager or owner possessed a duty to customers to provide a safe store for one to purchase grocery items. From collecting evidence of the injury to assembling witness statements, Marietta attorneys can provide the support you need during your traumatic time.
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By retaining the Nicholson Phillips, you work with sympathetic attorneys who are committed to pursuing your slip-and-fall claim. The firm represents clients in Marietta and the surrounding areas who possess injuries related to slip and falls.