Alpharetta Premises Liability Attorneys Aid People Hurt on Others’ Property
Respected Georgia firm pursues payment for clients injured in falls and other incidents
Georgia property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe for guests and legal visitors. That duty means they must either warn guests of any hard-to-see hazard or fix the dangerous condition. If you suffered an injury on someone else’s property because the owner violated their duty of care, you may have a worthy premises liability claim. Turn to the Georgia premises liability attorneys at Cheeley Law Group, LLC in Alpharetta for help with your case. We have helped clients across Georgia with many types of personal injury claims, including premises liability actions. Our mission is to bring justice to our clients. We will fight for the results you deserve just like we would fight for our own family.
Types of premises liability claims
Premises liability accidents can happen anywhere, and the injuries can affect any part of a victim’s body. Some common types of cases we handle include claims related to:
- Slip and fall incidents — These accidents happen when someone slips on a slick surface, such as a wet floor or an icy sidewalk. You might also trip on stairs with no railing or an object left on the floor. Possible injuries include neck and back damage, sprained or broken bones, and severe bruising.
- Falling objects — Merchandise falling from a shelf in a store could drop on a guest, causing serious harm, including a traumatic brain injury.
- Negligent security — Poor lighting and unattended areas create dangerous spaces by inviting criminal elements. If someone attacked you in a place like this and the owner should have known of the risk, they may be liable.
- Unsafe structures — A landlord has allowed a building to fall into disrepair could be legally responsible for injuries stemming from poor maintenance.
- Unsafe walkways — There are a number of reasons a walkway could be unreasonably unsafe. Poor lighting, uneven surfaces, loose tiles or floorboards and debris can present hazards.
- Toxic exposure — Asbestos, lead and other toxins might pose a health risk for visitors, workers and residents. A landlord has a duty to warn and remediate the problem.
- Shock and electrocution — Poorly maintained electrical wiring can endanger guests’ property.
These are just a few examples of the types of premises liability claims. When our personal injury lawyers review your accident, we guide you through every element of your case and explain what types of damages are available to you. We always put our clients’ interests first, and we are ready to help you collect the payment you deserve.
Proving fault in a premises liability case
Simply being injured on someone else’s property does not entitle you to compensation. You must prove the landlord was negligent by:
- Creating the hazard
- Failing to remove the hazard
- Failing to warn about the hazard
Whether the landlord was negligent is a question of fact for the jury. The factors that a jury considers include:
- Whether the landlord actually knew about the hazard
- Whether a reasonable landlord would have known about the hazard
- Whether the landlord had reasonable time to respond and thereby prevent the accident
Important factors in premises liability cases include the timeline from the creation of the hazard to the accident, and protocols and practices in place to address hazards. Take, for example, a case where someone was shopping in a grocery store and slipped on a splotch of mayonnaise from a shattered jar. If the jar had fallen and been reported 15 minutes earlier, but no employee took any action, the store owner might be liable. However, if a customer had dropped the jar and walked away, telling no one, that might reduce the likelihood of an award.
Because premises liability can be difficult to prove, you should only trust your case to an experienced law firm with a track record of success. Even if you bear partial fault for the accident, you can still collect damages as long as the share of your responsibility for the injury is not greater than 49 percent.
Contact our Alpharetta, GA lawyers about your premises liability accident
Cheeley Law Group, LLC advocates on behalf of Georgia clients in premises liability claims. Call us at 770-872-6066 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our office is in Alpharetta.