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Fall Down Injury Lawyer

“Fall down” cases (also known as “slip and falls” and “trip and falls”) are the result of someone falling, slipping, or tripping because of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property. Common fall down cases are because of water, snow and ice, abrupt changes in flooring, dim lighting, or hidden perils, like holes or weak places in the floor or ground.

These cases are considered premises liability claims bought by an injured person against a property owner or occupier. Landlords and renters may be responsible when someone falls down if they knew or should have known about the dangerous condition that caused the fall.

Types of Hazards

Most fall down cases occur when someone either slips or trips on something or mistakenly steps and falls.
Common causes of slips are:

  • Spilled liquids
  • Wet or oily surfaces
  • Weather hazards
  • Surfaces that do not have the same traction in all areas
  • Loose, unanchored carpets, rugs, or mats

Trips are simply when someone’s foot strikes an object and causes that person to fall.
Common causes of trips are:

  • Out-of-place object
  • Uneven steps or thresholds
  • Poor lighting
  • Obstructed view
  • Uncovered cables
  • Wrinkled carpeting, rugs, or mats

Step and falls happen when someone’s foot does not land where you expect it to as you take a step forward.
Common cases of step and falls are:

  • Unmarked steps
  • Dips in pavement
  • Evaluation changes without warnings

Types of Hazards

Most fall down cases occur when someone either slips or trips on something or mistakenly steps and falls.
Common causes of slips are:

  • Spilled liquids
  • Wet or oily surfaces
  • Weather hazards
  • Surfaces that do not have the same traction in all areas
  • Loose, unanchored carpets, rugs, or mats

Step and falls happen when someone’s foot does not land where you expect it to as you take a step forward.
Common cases of step and falls are:

  • Unmarked steps
  • Dips in pavement
  • Evaluation changes without warnings
Trips are simply when someone’s foot strikes an object and causes that person to fall.
Common causes of trips are:

  • Out-of-place object
  • Uneven steps or thresholds
  • Poor lighting
  • Obstructed view
  • Uncovered cables
  • Wrinkled carpeting, rugs, or mats

Who Is at Risk

Between 1997 and 2007, falls were the #1 cause of injury for people of all ages. Certain groups of people, though, are more susceptible to fall downs:

Tips for Staying Safe

To avoid slipping, tripping, or stepping and falling, there are some things you can do:

  • Pay attention to what is in front of you
  • Shorten your stride
  • Walk with your feet pointed slightly outward
  • Make wide turns
  • Keep floors clear from clutter or obstructions
  • Maintain floors
  • Use proper lighting
  • Store liquids to prevent spilling

Case Results

Our mission is to help you get the full compensation you deserve. Some of Mike Rafi’s recent cases include
$3,900,000
Settlement as co-counsel for client shot at Gwinnett hotel
$3,013,000
Jury verdict as part of trial team in wrongful death tractor-trailer crash on I-285
$2,000,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client who injured hand in defective machine
$1,850,000
1,700,000.00 jury verdict against gas station operator
$1,600,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client hit by car while walking his dog
$1,250,000
Settlement for client injured at convenience store
$1,100,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client injured at factory
$1,100,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client shot at Brookhaven apartment complex
$1,100,000
Settlement for client injured at gas station in Tucker
$1,000,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client shot at Brookhaven apartment
$1,000,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client hit while driving motorcycle
$800,000
Settlement in medical malpractice case
$637,500
Settlement ($100,000.00 policy limits) for client injured while passenger in car
$700,000
Settlement for client injured at construction site
$575,000
Settlement for client shot at Decatur apartment complex
$500,000
Settlement for client injured at Decatur apartment complex
$500,000
Settlement ($25,000.00 policy limits) for client in car crash
$475,000
Settlement for client who crashed in unmarked section of road work
$475,000
Settlement for client injured at Atlanta apartment complex
$460,000
Settlement for client rear-ended on I-285
$450,000
Settlement for client who fell from 2nd floor balcony due to defective railing
$450,000
Settlement for client injured in head-on crash
$450,000
Settlement before closing arguments in dog bite case
$414,000
Settlement for client injured in backseat of police car
$400,000.00
Settlement for client injured in car wreck
$400,000
Settlement for client injured near Lenox Mall
$375,000
Settlement for client injured in truck crash on I-285
$375,000
Settlement for client shot at Lithonia apartment complex
$350,000
Settlement for client shot at College Park apartment complex
$350,000
Settlement for client rear-ended by 18-wheeler
$333,333
Settlement for client injured at trailer park
$325,000
Settlement for client injured at Atlanta apartment complex
$315,000
Settlement for client injured in car crash
$300,000
Settlement as co-counsel for client injured in car crash on I-20
$300,000
Settlement for client shot at College Park apartment complex
$300,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client injured in head-on crash
$300,000
Settlement for client injured by police officer who ran red light
$300,000
Settlement for client injured when tire flew off his car after faulty tire installation
$300,000
Settlement for client who fell because of greasy floor mat at big box store
$275,000
Settlement for client who fell at restaurant
$260,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client injured in 3-car crash
$250,000
Settlement for client shot at College Park shopping center
$210,000
Jury verdict for clients hit by car while walking on sidewalk (highest offer by defense was $62,500.00)

Common Injuries

1 out of 5 falls causes a serious injury, such as a broken bone or a head injury. Injuries from fall downs can make routine daily living very difficult. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries for all age groups. Falls cause spinal cord injuries and broken hips, arms, shoulders, wrists, and arms. A person who falls may fear falling again and become less active and physically weaker—creating a greater risk of falling again.

What to Do After a Fall

The first thing you should do after a fall is seek medical attention if you are injured.  If you do not need immediate medical attention, here are some things you should do at the location of the fall down:

  • Inspect the area where you fell and try to determine what caused you to fall
  • Take photos of the scene
  • Look around and ask if anyone saw you fall, and if so, get their contact information
  • If you fell at a business or at someone else’s property, tell the  owner, manager, or supervisor and ask to create a report
  • Keep the shoes you were wearing when you fell

How to Win

Mike Rafi knows the laws and statistics related to fall down cases, and will gather the evidence necessary for you to win. Mike will focus on:

  • Determining the cause of your fall
  • Locating and talking with witnesses
  • Obtaining reports related to your fall and also reports of any prior incidents at the location
  • Proving the extent of your injuries

If you have fallen and believe it may be because of someone else’s negligence, contact Mike so he can analyze your case and help you win.