Most of us are on property owned by other people or businesses on a daily basis. Whether you are going to your office, the gym, the grocery store, a restaurant or bar, or someone else’s home, these places are owned and managed by other people.
These people owe you a duty of care when you visit. Unfortunately, sometimes they do not live up to their duty of care, allowing dangerous hazardous conditions to exist. When such negligence happens, and you suffer an injury, you can pursue compensation through a premises liability lawsuit.
If you have suffered injuries in an accident on someone else’s property, you should contact a premises liability attorney in Athens as soon as you can. Contact The Larrison Law Firm Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys today online or at 770-626-7895 to schedule a free case evaluation with a lawyer.
What Kinds of Accidents Can Lead to Premises Liability Claims?
Premises liability claims can arise from a wide variety of accidents and hazardous conditions. Some of the most common include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Accidents involving elevators and escalators
- Pool and spa accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Accidents involving falling objects
- Toxic exposure
- Incidents resulting from negligent building maintenance
- Inadequate removal of snow or ice
- Inadequate security
- Hotel accidents
- Incidents at restaurants and bars
Not all accidents on someone else’s property result in a premises liability claim. To be legally actionable, an accident must be the result of the property owner or manager’s negligence.
Negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that will ordinarily be used by a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances. So, for example, an accident that was the result of inadequate lighting in a common area of an apartment will likely entitle the victim to compensation. The best way to find out if you are entitled to compensation is to discuss your case with a premises liability attorney in Athens as soon as you can.
How Can a Premises Liability Attorney Help You?
You may be wondering what exactly a premises liability lawyer can do for you, especially if the other party has admitted liability and wants to settle your claim. As a victim, you should know that the insurance company wants to settle your claim for as little as possible and will happily deny your claim entirely if they can find any way to do so.
For this reason, it’s in your best interest to retain a premises liability attorney as soon as you can after an injury-causing accident that occurred on someone else’s property.
Some of the specific ways that an attorney can help you include the following:
Determining whether you have a claim
The first thing a lawyer can do for you is to evaluate your accident and let you know whether you have a viable legal claim. In addition, a skilled lawyer can determine who may be liable for your accident, which can often be difficult in premises liability cases.
Filing your claim with supporting documentation
If you do have a claim, your lawyer will then do the work involved with actually filing your claim with the insurance company and providing supporting documentation of your losses. This documentation can include medical records, photos, expert opinions, and pay stubs.
Attempting to negotiate a settlement
Once your claim is filed, your lawyer will likely attempt to negotiate a settlement agreement with the insurance company. In a settlement agreement, the victim agrees to release the other party from liability in return for compensation. Most premises liability cases settle, as going to court can be costly for both parties. In addition, judges and juries can be very unpredictable, so insurance companies often prefer to settle to have some control over how much they pay out.
Representing you in court
Finally, not all cases settle, and sometimes premises liability accident victims have to go to court to get the compensation to which they are entitled. If the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer, it’s likely that your attorney will file a lawsuit and take your case to trial.
Get a Free Case Evaluation with a Premises Liability Attorney in Athens
If you have suffered an injury in an accident that occurred on someone else’s property, you should talk to a lawyer as soon as you can. Attorney Brady M. Larrison has more than a decade of experience representing the rights of the injured and is committed to helping his clients obtain the fullest recovery possible.
Mr. Larrison will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and will never charge legal fees unless he wins your case. To schedule your free case evaluation, call our office today at 770-626-7895 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Premises Liability Case FAQs
What are premises liability claims?
Premises liability claims are legal claims that arise when a person suffers an injury on the property of another. Some common examples of premises liability claims include slip-and-fall cases, cases involving toxic exposure, accidents involving faulty elevators or escalators, and cases involving fires.
How much is my premises liability claim worth?
Premises liability claims can vary widely in terms of how much victims recover. Some of the factors that may have an impact on the value of your claim include your injuries, your prognosis, your occupation, and your age.
Do I need a premises liability attorney to settle a claim?
Most premises liability cases settle out of court, and you may be wondering if you really need to retain a lawyer if it looks like the other side wants to settle. You should retain a lawyer regardless of whether your case is going to settle or go to court, as insurance companies often take advantage of unrepresented victims and pressure them to settle for less than they deserve.