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Trip and Falls

Trip & Fall Lawyer in Athens

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Experiencing a trip and fall accident is often a sudden, unexpected, and painful event. Whether you are out running errands, engaging in a leisure activity, or at a business, the owner of the property owes you a duty to take reasonable care to keep the premises safe and to warn you about any dangerous conditions on the property that may cause you harm. Despite this, many Georgia property owners fail to maintain their premises according to this standard, placing guests and the public at severe risk of suffering devastating injuries. If you have been hurt because of a property owner’s carelessness, Athens trip and fall lawyer Joshua W. Branch can assist you. As an experienced injury attorney, he has substantial experience representing victims of trip and fall accidents and knows what it takes to vigorously assert the rights of victims.

How Trip & Fall Accidents Happen

Trip and falls typically result from uneven flooring, uneven staircases, faulty staircases, nails or other obstructions, poorly maintained carpeting, or misplaced objects on the floor or ground.

Imagine you are at the grocery store during the busy hour after work. With employees and other patrons rushing around, someone has accidentally knocked a jar of pickles from the shelf, spilling the contents of the jar all over the aisle. Several employees have seen the spill, but because they are busy with their other duties, they don’t have time to put up a sign indicating the wet floor. You come around the corner with your shopping cart and slip in the liquid, and then fall onto the shards of glass from the shattered jar. In the process, you also end up hitting your head on the floor. Employees rush to your help and call an ambulance, but you are still saddled with medical bills, the cost of the ambulance, and you have to call in sick to work for several weeks while you recuperate.

What should have been a simple excursion quickly turned into a nightmare, all because the store did not take reasonable measures to warn you of the wet floor. The Georgia civil system can help you get compensation in a situation like this.

Pursuing Compensation after a Trip & Fall

A trip and fall accident often leads to a personal injury case. These lawsuits seek to hold an individual or entity responsible for negligent conduct and to provide compensation to the victim. In a Georgia trip and fall case, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition that caused the accident. The plaintiff also must show that he or she either was unaware of the dangerous condition or, due to some reason attributable to the defendant, was unable to discover its existence.

Constructive knowledge means that there were sufficient conditions in existence before or at the time of the accident to give the defendant notice that the dangerous condition was present. In the example above, the customer would need to show that the store employees actually saw the spill (actual knowledge), or that the spill had been there long enough that they should have seen it if they had been exercising reasonable care (constructive knowledge).

After proving that the defendant failed to exercise due care, you must next show that this failure was the direct cause of the accident. This typically requires proof that you likely would not have been hurt but for the defendant’s lack of due care. In the above situation, this would entail proving that had an employee placed a “wet floor” sign near the spill or simply cleaned it up promptly, you would not have fallen.

Victims of trip and fall accidents may be entitled to seek damages for medical bills, missed paychecks, lost future earning capacity, diminished quality of life, and pain and suffering, among any other forms of compensation that may be appropriate in the circumstances. Although financial compensation cannot undo what happened to you, it can at least help offset the significant costs you might have incurred as a result of someone else’s actions.

Enlist an Experienced Athens Trip & Fall Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been hurt as the result of a trip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Athens trip and fall attorney Joshua W. Branch serves victims and their families in many Georgia cities, including Savannah, Decatur, Marietta, and Athens. We are passionate about helping injured people aggressively pursue justice. We believe that you deserve professional legal representation, especially when you are going up against insurance companies, which usually do not have your best interests in mind. We offer a free consultation to help you learn about the rights and remedies to you.

Call us at (706) 760-9220 or contact us online to set up an appointment with a knowledgeable legal representative.

Hear from Our Clients

  • There are not enough words to express or say what a fantastic lawyer that Joshua W. Branch is.

    “I would highly recommend Joshua W. Branch to anybody. He is a lawyer that takes his clients very seriously as if they were his children or his family.”

    - Gloria, Personal Injury Client
  • If there were more people like you in this world, it would be a better place.

    “If there were more people like you in this world, it would be a better place.”

    - The H. Family
  • What do I say to the most amazing attorney I’ve ever known. You have been more than an attorney. You have been a friend, and a very good listener.

    “Thank you so much for the compassion and time spent with you through my recovery.”

    - Veda, Personal Injury Client
  • There will never be enough words to describe how thankful I am for all you’ve done.

    “Thank you again for all the hard work and dedication. I pray that God will bless you abundantly this holiday season. I pray that God will bless you.”

    - Danielle, Personal Injury Client
  • Josh Branch did an incredible job for me when I was injured in a car wreck involving a tractor-trailer.

    “I had some serious injuries and Mr. Branch guided me through this tough time and I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer”

    - Vicki, Personal Injury Client
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Millions of Dollars Recovered

for Our Clients
  • $650,000 JB Client v. Negligent Driver

    A collision between a negligent driver and our client resulted in serious injuries for our client.

  • $650,000 JB Client v. Pizza Delivery Franchisee

    A collision between a texting pizza delivery driver which caused the death of our client's spouse.

  • $605,000 JB Client v. Home Health Care Company

    A horrible and tragic event occurred while the mother of our clients was under the care of her home health care company.

  • $580,000 Trucking Case: Confidential Parties

    Client sustained a fractured acetabulum when he collided into a tractor-trailer that left its trailer in the roadway.

  • $550,000 JB Client vs. Negligent Individual Driver

    The client sustained severe injuries and then had additional complications.

  • $525,000 JB client v. Georgia Medical Transportation, Inc.

    Client was not properly secured while in transit and was thrown out of his wheelchair and sustained orthopedic fractures.

  • $350,000 JB Client v. Tractor-Trailer

    Client ran into the back of an illegally parked tractor-trailer.

  • $350,000 JB client v. Shanna M. Jackson; Superior Court of Walton Co.

    Automobile collision case wherein the client who had to undergo a cervical fusion procedure.

  • $330,000 JB client v. Thomas Shirley; Superior Court of Rabun Co.

    Automobile collision case tried to verdict in Rabun County for a client who had to undergo a cervical fusion surgery.

  • $325,000 Severe Car Wreck with a Surgical Component
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Why Hire Us

  • Personalized Approach

    We pride ourselves on providing personalized client care with tailored solutions.

  • Reputation for Excellence

    We are proud of our legacy of positive client testimonials and recognition in our community.

  • Commitment to Clients

    Our passion for helping clients recover from personal injuries is the core focus of our firm.

  • Fearless Advocacy

    We are not afraid to go to trial and we will fight to get the best possible result for our clients.

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The Law Office of Joshua W. Branch, LLC has successfully helped thousands of injured victims receive the justice they deserve.