A Georgia property owner is responsible for his property and making sure that it is risk free. If that responsibility has not been met and you sustain an injury, a lawsuit may be filed on your behalf. Our Georgia premises liability lawyers can assist you in pursuing compensation for any injuries you might have received while on someone else’s property.
Regardless of where you were injured, whether it was a private home, an office, or a public area such as a shopping mall, department store, park, movie theater, parking lot, restaurant, beauty salon, etc., seek out a qualified Statesboro personal injury lawyer who can help you understand what your rights are according to Georgia law.
If you, a friend or loved one has suffered serious or minor injuries due to a premises liability incident and you are interested in a free case evaluation, please take a moment and complete the initial case review form to the right.
There is a time limit imposed by Georgia law requiring a premises liability suit to be filed in a certain amount of time after the incident occurs, so get in touch with us as fast as you possibly can. Time is of the essence.
Premises Liability Case Components
It is a property owner’s responsibility to make sure that their property is safe and does not have hazardous conditions. The manager of a property, a tenant, or any contractor laboring on the property could be held responsible for a dangerous environment that leads to injury.
If you have suffered injuries and want to file a premises liability claim, you have to prove these four points:
· The property had a hazardous condition
· The property owner and/or occupier had superior knowledge of the situation or through proper property care should have been aware of the situation
· The owner of the property and or its occupier should have issued a warning or removed the hazardous condition
· The hazardous environment did in fact bring about your injuries
Most premises liability claims in Statesboro are filed against store owners and companies due to incidents that occur in malls and stores. A store owner or business can be held responsible for accidents caused by walkways being blocked, slippery floors, parking lots that are not properly maintained and uneven walkways in their stores or malls.
Children and a Premises Incident
Quite often, children are drawn to hazardous situations like a dangerous trampoline, a pool left unattended, etc. and this is something that is recognized by Georgia law. Due to the above-mentioned requirements, the law demands that property owners maintain their properties free of such hazards which could be potentially dangerous for trespassing children.
The “Doctrine of Attractive Nuisance” makes a property owner responsible for a child’s injury if the following conditions exist:
· The property owner is aware or should be aware that children trespassing could be a possibility
· The property owner is aware or should be aware that there are hazards which could cause injuries and even fatalities to trespassing children
· The trespassing child was not aware of the hazardous conditions or due to their young age did not understand the danger that could ensue
· Fixing the dangerous situation is a small task when compared to the damage it could cause
· The property owner did not use logical judgment in changing the dangerous situation
This is not applicable to children who are guests on the owner’s property, only if the child trespassed. It is generally easier proving responsibility when the child who was injured was a guest on the owner’s property that contained the hazardous condition.