Premises liability is a legal term that refers to a property owner or property manager’s responsibility to keep their property safe. If you have suffered a personal injury due to a property owner’s negligence, you might be able to recover compensation for your injuries with a Gainesville premises liability lawyer. Under Georgia law, the injured person and their experienced injury attorney can bring a premises liability lawsuit against the negligent property owner who caused his or her injuries.
Georgia property owners have legal duties when they invite members of the public onto their land, property, or buildings. One of the primary duties of property owners is to keep their property reasonably safe. A premises liability lawsuit allows injured victims to recover financially from negligent property owners.
Property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe, but this duty is not absolute. There are statutes, regulations, and court opinions that go into a property owner’s duties. At Smith Hulsey Law, our premises liability lawyers have an in-depth understanding of premises liability law in Gainesville.
We aggressively take on large corporations, insurance companies, and other property owners who attempt to deny a personal injury victim compensation. We help clients cut through the red tape of insurance companies to get the compensation they deserve for their premises liability injuries.
Landlords and property owners have a duty to make sure that their properties are reasonably safe. Building owners have a duty to act reasonably when they secure access to their buildings. Typically, large office buildings and apartment buildings have security guards on the first floor. When an injured person can show that the building owner did not take the reasonable steps necessary to secure the building, the victim might have a valid personal injury claim.
For example, if an apartment complex owner knows that gang activity commonly takes place in the parking lot of the apartment complex, they have a legal duty to try to mitigate that danger. Steps could include installing security cameras, better lighting, or hiring a security guard.
Alternatively, if a tenant suffered a stab wound or a gunshot wound in the parking lot, he or she would likely have a claim for a premises liability lawsuit against the owner of the property. Similarly, if the owner of a retail store knows or should have known that they have uneven pavement in front of their store, they could be liable for a customer’s injuries if they tripped and fell.
In many premises liability cases, victims suffer catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. When a preventable assault happens on-premises due to negligent safety practices, the victim often suffers physical injuries as well as psychological injuries. The first step in bringing a premises liability lawsuit is to determine who is at fault.
Premises liability cases involve a wide range of different fact scenarios. Even dog bite cases are considered premises liability because the dog is considered a dangerous condition on a person’s property. The following are examples of common premises liability incidents our Gainesville attorneys have seen:
Swimming pool accidents often happen in an unsecured and unsupervised swimming pool. Most states have laws requiring swimming pool owners to place a fence around their pools, often with a gate that locks. If someone leaves their pool unguarded and open, that person might be liable in a premises liability case.
At Smith Hulsey Law, our Gainesville attorneys have helped many clients recover compensation for their injuries caused by premise liability. When we represent clients in a premises liability claim, we conduct a thorough investigation to prove that the landlord acted negligently.
The landlord or business owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition on the property. This includes knowledge about previous crimes that have taken place on the premises. We investigate police reports and will depose the landlord to find out what he or she knew or should have known.
We also examine the internal reports of the landlord of the business owner. We can determine if the business has reports that identify prior dangerous conditions or crimes that happened at that location.
Our law firm will consider what, if any, security practices the landowner has put into place. In some cases, landowners have not put any security measures in place when they should have taken steps to make the premises secure. We try to establish that the landlord fell below the standard of care by showing what steps other landowners take to protect the customs of guests on their property.
Finally, we often consult security experts who can show us that the property owner did not have adequate security to keep visitors and guests safe. We might also interview prior victims of similar accidents or crimes that happened on the same premises.
A premises liability injury can happen to anyone. All it takes is one serious slip and fall accident or other accident to cause long-lasting consequences. If you have suffered an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation.
At Smith Hulsey Law, we understand that thinking about bringing a premises liability lawsuit can be overwhelming, especially while you are trying to heal from your injuries. We advocate for our clients through every step of the process. We have a proven track record of success when it comes to winning our clients’ settlements. Contact our Gainesville premises liability lawyers as soon as possible to schedule your free initial consultation.
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