Atlanta Premises Liability Attorneys
Property owners and managers have a responsibility to take certain steps to guarantee that their premises is safe and does not pose any danger of injury, illness, or death. If a property is not correctly maintained, or if it doesn’t have sign that clearly warns about existing dangers, visitors are put at risk.
Premises liability is a type of personal injury claim where the plaintiff sustained an injury on another person’s property due to the property owner’s negligence. Even on private property, owners are required by law in Georgia to ensure that the premises are safe. This includes inspecting for dangerous conditions, warning others of them, and/or fixing them. If the dangerous condition causes harm to a victim, the property owner may be liable even if he was unaware of condition itself.
Like other negligence-based cases, a premises liability lawsuit is complex and involves confusing legal rules and exceptions. If you were injured in an accident such as a slip-and-fall, it is imperative that you seek an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable of Georgia premises liability law. At Grant Law Office, our skilled Atlanta personal injury lawyers have decades of experience tailoring representation to each client’s unique case. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality service. To discuss your options, please contact us at (404) 995-3955.
The plaintiff must prove that the property owner was negligent in maintaining the premises or warning of a dangerous condition, and that negligence was a direct or proximate cause of his or her injuries.
The level of care a property owner must exercise towards you depends on what type of visitor you are. If you are an invited guest, the owner has a duty to inspect the premises for any dangerous conditions and warn you of them so that you can avoid them. If the land is open to the public, the landowner must also take reasonable steps to fix or warn of dangerous conditions. Trespassers are less likely to be afforded legal protection, but exceptions are made for children.
"Dangerous condition" is a catch-all phrase used to describe a multitude of health hazards that endanger the safety of people on a property. Examples of dangerous conditions include:
- Broken, uneven stairways: Staircases are the most common locations for slip-and-fall accidents. If a step is broken, a property owner has a legal responsibility to repair it in a timely fashion or to post warnings in order to prevent visitors from falling.
- Chemical/toxic exposure: Property owners are expected to clean up chemicals or toxins to prevent dangerous fumes or contaminated water. These substances should be transported, used, and stored properly.
- Dog bites: If a dog bites a guest or customer, the owner of the dog may be liable for the injuries, even if the dog had no history of violence or the owner was not aware of the violence.
- Criminal acts: If a premises has a documented history of criminal activity taking place, the property owner can be held liable if a visitor is injured during a crime. If a property owner knows that crimes are being committed but does not add extra security measures to fix this, he or she can be held accountable if a visitor are harmed by assaults, robbery, rapes, or other crimes.
- Falling debris: Whether it’s a shingle on a roof or an old tree branch, debris often falls without warning. If the owner knew or should have known the item had potential to fall, the owner may be liable for resultant injuries.
- Poorly maintained elevators: If an elevator does not have regular and proper maintenance, it may be unsafe. It could lose elevation suddenly, or it may not stop evenly, which could cause a visitor to trip over the gap between the floor and the elevator's doorway.
- Slippery or wet conditions: If a building's floors have been mopped recently, or if it has rained, a property owner should notify visitors of the potentially dangerous condition.
- Attractive nuisance: Attractive nuisances are dangerous but enticing conditions on a property that attract children, even children who don’t have permission to enter the property. The owner must place adequate warnings, attempt to secure the nuisance, or try to restrict children from entering and endangering themselves.
There are many other situations that can cause an injury. If you have been injured on an unsafe property, it is in your best interest to consult with a personal injury lawyer in Georgia to learn more about your legal options. Premises liability cases are often difficult to prove, as the property owner must be found negligent in order to be held accountable. Having a highly skilled attorney fighting on your behalf can help ensure that you obtain just compensation for your injuries and related losses.
The Atlanta premises injury attorneys at Grant Law Office have dedicated their practice to helping people who have been injured due to another person's negligence. We have a reputation for giving quality legal representation. If you have been injured on someone else's property due to unsafe conditions, contact our law office to schedule a free consultation with one of our Atlanta slip-and-fall attorneys. We can help you assess the validity of your claim and explain your legal rights. Call us at (404) 995-3955.
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