Atlanta Premises Liability Law Firm
Keeping a property safe for visitors and free from hazards is part of property ownership. Whether the property is public or private, a home or a business, a sufficient level of safety must be maintained for guests and visitors. Failure to provide a safe environment puts the owner at risk of being held liable for injuries that occur on the property.
As a personal injury firm representing premises liability cases, we help injury victims recover damages from property owners who fail in their duty to keep their property sufficiently safe. Whether the injury happened in a grocery store or a private home, a park or a shopping mall, our firm can help you determine if you have a solid personal injury case and we can represent you in pursuing legal action.
If you or a loved one has been hurt as the result of an unsafe property, such as a slip and fall accident, we encourage you to contact our firm and discuss what happened. We are here to listen to your story, to provide answers and to help you understand your legal options.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability involves any kind of accident resulting in injury that results from an unsafe property. If the owner of the premises can be held liable for what happened, you have a premises liability case on your hands. The easiest way to tell if you have a valid case is to talk to a lawyer familiar with Georgia premises liability laws.
Premises liability cases can result from accidents in both public and private areas, including:
- Shopping malls
- Grocery stores
- Private homes
- Colleges and Universities
- Office buildings
- Swimming pools
- Theme parks
- Schools and Daycares
- Construction Sites
Common Premises Liability Injuries
A wide variety of injuries can occur from premises liability accidents, including:
- Head injuries or TBIs
- Spinal injuries
- Slip and falls
- Broken bones
- Torn muscles
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Determining Who Is At Fault
When trying to find who is at fault in a premises liability case, it is important to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident and the circumstances surrounding it. While the owner of the property is often the one ultimately found responsible, many times there are multiple factors involved. The unsafe environment could be the result of employees of a company, management, faulty building materials, poor construction. While the final responsibility may fall the owner, to build an effective case requires knowing all the facts. Gaining clarity on what happened will also make it easier to prevent unsafe premises.
Steps To Prove Liability
As your legal representation, we will work to prove that one or more parties was responsible for the conditions that lead to your injury. To prove responsibility, we will need to demonstrate that there was some aspect of the property that was unsafe. We will also need to show that the owner or another party was aware of the unsafe condition. Even if the owner claims to have not known about the problem, it may still be possible to demonstrate that he or she should have been aware of it if the property was being adequately maintained.
The next step to prove liability requires proving that the owner or other responsible party failed to fix the safety issue or failed to notify you about the issue. The final step to proving your claim is to show the court that you were injured due to the safety issue.
Premises Liability And Children
Children are sometimes drawn to things that are more hazardous than they realize. When a child is injured on someone’s property, either public or private, it is often possible to pursue a successful premises liability case.
There are laws in Georgia specific to children and premises liability, known as the doctrine of attractive nuisance. If a child trespasses onto a property and is injured, a premises liability case can be pursued if the following criteria are met:
- The property owner is aware that children may trespass, or can reasonably be expected to know
- The owner is aware of a hazard on the property that can harm a child, or should reasonably know
- The child does not know about the hazard, or is too young to understand the danger it poses
- The burden of keeping children safe from the hazard – either by fixing it or by taking preventative measures – is less than the danger it poses
- The owner fails to make a reasonable effort to fix the hazard
It is also possible to pursue a premises liability case against a property owner where the child is invited – in fact, it is often easier when the child is invited than when he or she trespasses.
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Types Of Premises Liability Cases
We can assist with all types of premises liability cases, including:
- Dog bites
- Slip and falls
- Injuries on staircases
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Collapsed decks
- Exposure to mold, toxic materials and lead
- Injuries caused by violent acts
- Falling object injuries
- Accidents resulting from uneven or damaged surfaces
- Poor security leading to injuries
- Swimming pool injuries
- Injuries caused by defective doors
No matter what the situation, if you were hurt on someone’s property due to the owner being negligent, there is a strong possibility that we can help you build a case.
Having a skilled attorney at your side can prove invaluable when you want to pursue damages from a property owner. Our firm has the training, experience and resources to investigate the accident and find solid evidence of negligence if it exists. Equally important, we can do all the work to build your case so you can rest and recover from your injuries.
If you have been injured in a premises liability accident in Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia, please contact our firm now to talk with one of our attorneys. We offer a free initial consultation, so you can discuss your situation with a knowledgeable legal professional at no cost to you.