Premises Liability Attorney in Sandy Springs and Atlanta, Georgia
When you or a loved one is injured because of unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to collect damages to compensate for your injuries. Although it’s not possible to make every place you visit completely safe, owners are expected to take “reasonable precautions” to ensure the safety of people using the property. This applies to stores, business owners, landlords and homeowners.
Here are some examples of how premises can be dangerous and the types of accidents that can result:
- On roads – missing road signs, blind intersections, lack of snow plowing, and inadequate protection for road workers can lead to vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and work-related accidents.
- In apartment buildings – broken steps, unsecured swimming pools, inadequate lighting, and poor or absent door locks can lead to slip-and-fall accidents, drowning, and trespassing or break-ins that may involve assault or rape.
- In shops – poor retail layout and poorly constructed displays can lead to stumble-and-fall accidents and injury to young children who may not be easily visible to other customers.
- On construction sites – poorly-maintained equipment, unstable work surfaces, and defective electrical wiring can lead to burns, brain injury, neck injury, back injury and broken bones.
Proving Negligence in Premises Liability Claims
Proving negligence is crucial to the success of your premises liability claim. The Atlanta premises liability attorney at Robbins & Associates, PC has extensive experience gathering evidence and testimony proving that reasonable precautions were not taken in the case of a dangerous premises injury. We have handled many of these cases, and we understand the complex issues governing these sometimes complex claims.
If you are injured in an accident on someone else’s premises, it is important that you gather as much evidence as possible before the accident scene is tampered with or altered:
- Take a picture of the accident site so that any future changes or improvements do not adversely impact your case
- Make detailed notes about any conditions shown in your photos
- Present a written report to someone in charge on the premises
- Bring all of your observations and photos to your consultation with attorney Laurie Robbins
Answers to Questions About Premises Liability Claims in Georgia
I was attacked in the parking lot at my grocery store. Are the store owners liable for expenses due to my injuries?
In Georgia, liability in this situation depends on a number of factors. If you can show that lighting was not adequate, if there was a significant rate of criminal activity at the site and security officers were not made available, you may have a negligent security claim. Document everything you can about the site and bring it to your consultation with Georgia negligent security attorney Laurie Robbins. We will help you determine whether or not you are entitled to compensation.
If someone falls in my home and is hurt can I be sued?
Most homeowner’s insurance policies provide coverage for medical bills incurred by others, regardless of fault. Check your policy; if it is unclear contact your insurance agent.
My husband tripped on a cracked sidewalk and broke his wrist. Does he have a case against the city?
Unfortunately, some local governments have limited immunity against cases like this. Depending on where the injury occurred, your husband may have a case, if he can show that the city failed to maintain the sidewalk properly. If the accident occurred in the Atlanta metro area, please call us so se can evaluate the circumstances and help you determine if your husband can bring a claim against the city.
Who can be sued for unsafe premises? Is it only the property owner?
The owner is most often held responsible. But other entities may also be sued, such as an apartment complex manager, a janitorial service, gardening service, or security company. A tenant can sometimes be sued, as in the case of a shop owner who rents the premises. Again, the responsible party will depend on the specific facts of your situation.
How would witnesses be used in a dangerous premises case?
Our attorney would want to investigate any previous incidents on those premises, by way of showing that the owner knew or should have known there was danger present. People familiar with the premises could help by testifying how long it’s been since proper maintenance was performed, or how long defects have been present like blown-out lights.
If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else’ property in Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia, please contact our experienced Atlanta premises liability lawyer today to schedule your free initial consultation.