When property owners fail to keep their premises safe for lawful visitors, they may be liable for accidents and injuries that arise as a result. Slip-and-falls, electrocutions, structural collapses, and other accidents can leave visitors with severe injuries, costly medical bills, and lost income from time missed at work.
If you were hurt while on someone else’s property, do not hesitate to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to fair compensation for your injuries.
The Roswell premises liability lawyers at Butler Kahn are here to help. For decades, our legal team has worked with injury victims throughout Georgia to secure the accountability and compensation they deserve. We are ready to do the same for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Under Georgia law, property owners must ensure their premises are safe for lawful visitors. This “duty of care” owed to visitors is at the heart of premises liability law. If a property owner does not satisfy their obligation and a visitor is injured as a result, they may owe the injured party compensation.
The level of care owed by property owners varies depending on their relationship with each visitor to the premises. Georgia law classifies visitors into three categories:
However, Georgia makes an important exception meant to protect young children who are unlikely to understand the inherent dangers of trespassing. A property owner might be liable if a child is enticed onto a property by an “attractive nuisance” and injured as a result.
Accidents that may lead to premises liability are extremely diverse. At the end of the day, each should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. That said, some of the most common scenarios leading to premises liability include:
Any accident sustained on property belonging to someone other than the victim may lead to premises liability. Among others, these include:
The common trait shared by all premises liability accidents is simply that they occur on property that belongs to someone other than the injured victim. Beyond this shared trait, premises liability accidents can happen anywhere. Some of the most common sites of premises liability accidents include:
Whoever owns the property where your accident occurred may be liable for the injuries you sustain, provided they failed to address the underlying hazard that led to the accident. Beyond the property owner, any other parties responsible for the conditions that caused the accident may also be liable.
For example, owners of an apartment complex may be liable for accidents in common areas, whereas apartment tenants may be liable for accidents within their zones of control. Similarly, property management and maintenance companies may also be liable.
The premises liability lawyers at Butler Kahn are ready to evaluate your case and identify all sources of liability. Call today for a free consultation.
The compensation available through a premises liability lawsuit varies widely depending on the nature and severity of your underlying injuries. Our Atlanta premises liability lawyers can help you pursue compensation for:
Yes. In Georgia, the standard deadline to file a personal injury lawsuit — including most premises liability cases — is two years from the date of the injury. This deadline is strictly enforced. Subject to very few exceptions, your case will be dismissed in court if filed after the deadline. Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident to avoid having your case barred by the statute of limitations.
If you are reading this page because you or a loved one has been hurt in a premises accident, we hope you are receiving the medical care that you need and are making a recovery. We hope the information on this page has been helpful. If you’d like to talk with us about your situation, call us or contact us online. There is no charge to talk with us about your case.
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