Visitor Question

Cut myself on table trim…

Submitted By: Rene (Atlanta, GA)

I was going to a friend’s house to babysit her child. I walked in and put my purse down on a small table like I usually do. The table has iron small trim that pokes out from the bottom of the table. I did not notice it and got too close. It tore into my skin.

I had to get 8 stitches and miss a day of work. Are they liable partially or is it my fault? Probably will not file a claim but I was just curious. So far, I am only out about $600.00 total. That includes my emergency room deductible and lost wages. It would have been nice if they’d offered to pay, but maybe I expect too much.

What do you think? Thank you.

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Answer

Dear Rene,

Here are your options:

– Your friend may have homeowners insurance. If so, ask for the name and contact information for the insurance company and file an injury claim.

– In the event your friend doesn’t have homeowners insurance, ask your friend to pay out-of-pocket for all or part of your emergency room medical bills and lost wages.

– File a small claims court lawsuit in one of Atlanta’s Magistrate Courts. Georgia’s Magistrate courts, also called small claims courts, are informal courts which handle claims of less than $15,000.

For more information about Georgia Magistrate Courts go to: Georgia Department of Law Consumer Protection Unit

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: February 9, 2016

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