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Accidents such as getting hurt while at a friend’s house or slipping on a wet floor at a store can lead to life-changing injuries. Premises liability laws in Georgia are in place to help victims of serious injuries to recover compensation when a property owner knew or should have known about the hazard.
Unexpected injuries on a negligent property owner’s land can lead to mounting medical bills, inability to work, or long-term health consequences. A skilled Georgia premises liability attorney is crucial to receive fair compensation for a victim to take care of him/herself and his/her family.
Guests and visitors on a property have a reasonable expectation that property owners will keep the grounds in a safe condition. When property owners fail in that duty and injuries occur, they should be held accountable.
At Dan Chapman & Associates, our premises liability lawyers can provide you with high-quality representation so you can pursue adequate compensation for your injuries. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
What is a Premise Liability Accident?
While premises liability can be defined broadly, a simple definition is any accidents that happen when a property owner is negligent in caring for his/her property that he/she should have known about. Some common examples of accidents that fall under premise liability include:
- Slip and fall cases
- Negligent security
- Negligent maintenance of facilities
- Shared living space accidents (Airbnb, dorms, etc.)
- Elevator/escalator accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Snow/ice removal accidents
- Pool accidents
Are All Accidents in a Public Area a Premise Liability Case?
To determine whether or not an accident is a good case to bring a claim for premise liability, a lawyer will assess the facts of a case to see whether or not liability can be established. For a premise liability case, the following factors are relevant:
- Did the property owner owe a legal duty to the victim?
- Did the property owner neglect to carry out their legal duty based on an action taken or left undone?
- Was the victim injured due to the property owner’s neglect?
What Determines Whether a Property Owner Owes a Duty?
The duty that a property owner owes to those on his property depends on the reason for why the person was on the property. Georgia law follows along with many other jurisdictions in the U.S. to distinguish visitors into three categories: trespassers, licensees, and invitees.
A trespasser is someone who enters a property owner’s land without permission from the owner. Trespassers are given the lowest duty of care in Georgia’s legal system. Property owners are only required to prevent any injury if he/she knows that a trespasser is on the property or should have known that a trespasser could be on the property.
An invitee is someone who enters a property owner’s land with permission from the owner. An invitee is brought onto the property for the mutual benefit between the owner and invitee (compared to the sole benefit of the visitor, as is the case for a licensee). Examples include store customers and hotel guests.
A licensee is also someone who enters a property owner’s land with the owner’s consent. Unlike an invitee, a licensee does not have to be on the premise for the mutual benefit between the owner and licensee. Social guests are licensees. An example is a guest who is over for dinner at a friend’s house.
For both licensees and invitees, property owners are required to warn visitors of foreseeable risks of injury or to make those dangerous conditions safe for the visitors.
Contact a Georgia Premises Liability Lawyer Today
Injuries that occur on a property owner’s land should be prevented when possible. Contact a Georgia premises liability lawyer today for just compensation.