Premises liability covers a range of case types. Before progressing with your claim, it is important to find a qualified attorney who specializes in personal injury. At Lamar Law Office, our Atlanta personal injury lawyer has extensive experience dealing with all types of cases, such as:
Like many other types of personal injury cases, claims relating to premises liability are often based on negligence. To be entitled to compensation, a premises liability case must prove that the property owner was negligent in maintaining a reasonably safe environment which led to a serious injury. Premises liability cases are often unique in nature. Therefore, the injury victim must prove that the defendant knew or should have known about the hazard and was negligent in maintaining the property or warning others of the risks. The victim must also prove that the defendant’s negligence directly contributed to his or her injury.
To help determine who is at fault for a premises liability accident, the court will often look at what type of visitor the victim was. Most visitors will fall into three main categories: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. An invitee is a person who is invited to a property. Examples include customers to a store or plumbers who are invited to fix a leak. Invitees expect reasonable care to be taken to ensure their safety. If an injury occurs, the property owner may be held responsible for injuries due to hazards that they should have known about.
A licensee is a person who is permitted to enter a property, but has not technically been invited. This may include people like utility workers or delivery people. Licensees may be aware of certain hazards on the property and therefore cannot expect a high level of care given to their safety. A trespasser is a person who has not been invited to the property or is not permitted on the property. This includes people like vandals or burglars. Trespassers have a minimal assumption of safety.
Just like car accidents and other incidents, premises liability injuries can range from minor to very severe. While some people may walk away with just a few scrapes or bruises from a slip-and-fall or some slight swelling from a dog bite, not everyone is so lucky. Some of the most common injuries that occur with premises liability suits include:
Even minor accidents can result in significant injuries that require long-term care and time off of work for recovery. When injuries occur due to someone else’s negligence, you should not be responsible for any financial consequences the accident has. With the help of our experienced personal injury lawyer at Lamar Law Office, you can rest easy knowing that we are fighting for your rights.
Damages in premises liability cases may result in compensation for lost wages due to an inability to work, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and in some instances property damage. In the accident resulted in a death, family members may be entitled to compensation for funeral costs and other damages.