Loganville Personal Injury Lawyers
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is the legal responsibility that states a property owner must take reasonable actions to keep visitors and or residents safe. If property owners fail to take proper precautions, victims may suffer devastating injuries. Fortunately, Georgia law allows victims in premises liability cases to recover compensation for their losses. Located in Loganville, Gwinnett premises liability attorneys are here for you.
If you’ve been seriously injured on someone else’s property, the premises liability attorneys at The Larrison Law Firm can help you navigate the complex claims process and premises liability laws.
Our lawyers have more than 20 years of experience assisting individuals in Loganville and throughout Gwinnett County who have been injured on someone else’s property.
Types of Premises Liability Cases
Common types of premises liability cases include:
- Slip & fall
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool accidents/drowning
- Toxic fumes
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Rape or other assaults
- Amusement Park accidents
Examples of Premises Liability Cases
Slip and fall cases are one of the most common types of premises liability cases. They occur when someone slips, trips, or falls on someone else’s property. Common causes include uneven walkways, defective stairs, wet floors, tripping hazards such as cords or unsecured rugs, loose or broken floors, or poor lighting.
Other examples of premises liability cases include:
- Lack of maintenance or poor maintenance
- Poorly designed thresholds, walkways, or sidewalks
- Defective products such as a defective escalator, bridge, or banister
- Damaged products such as flooring, stairs, or elevators
- Inadequate building security
- Lack of fences, gates, or warning signs
- Failing to run background checks on employees
- Failing to warn residents, customers, or visitors of a potential hazard
Types of Injuries
Some common injuries in a premises liability case may include:
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Who May Be Liable in a Slip and Fall Case?
Georgia law imposes a duty of care upon any person or entity that has control over the property where you were injured.
Possible parties in a Gwinnett County premises liability case may include:
- Property owner (residential or commercial)
- Property Manager
- A tenant that leases the space
- Homeowners’ association
- Security Company
- Other entities depending on the circumstances
What Compensation can I Recover in a Loganville Premises Liability Case?
There are three types of damages in a premises liability case:
- Economic damages such as medical costs and lost wages.
- Non-economic damages including pain and suffering and diminished quality of life.
- Punitive damages may be available in egregious cases. Punitive damages punish the property owner for willful, wanton, or malicious conduct. Special types of proof and other court procedures are involved with punitive damages.
Your compensation in a Gwinnett County premises liability claim is based upon several factors including your monetary losses, emotional pain, and the extent of your injuries.
How long do I have to File a Premises Liability Claim?
In Georgia, the statute of limitation requires you to file a lawsuit for an injury-causing accident within two years of when the incident occurred. There are however limited exceptions, but it’s important to avoid delays in filing your case so you don’t miss the deadline.
Georgia has enacted a statute regarding comparative fault that could impact your compensation in a premises liability case.
For example, if the court finds that your actions contributed to your accident, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault. If you are found 50 percent or more at fault, you cannot recover any damages for your injuries.
At Our Firm, Your First Consultation Is Free
For more information about premises liability or to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, call us at 770-554-8100. You can also reach us online by filling out our contact form.