Atlanta Premises Liability Claims Call for Serious Representation
Our Atlanta premises liability lawyer has heard several questions about injuries from clients. Some of them include: Is your landlord liable if you get hurt in your apartment? What if you are attacked by a criminal at a shopping center, or by a neighbor’s dog at your apartment complex? These are just a handful of the many types of injuries that involve the law of premises liability.
“Premises liability” refers to the liability of businesses and others who own or occupy real property for injuries caused to persons who come onto their property. Under Georgia law, whether an injured person can recover compensation on a premises liability claim often depends on the person’s legal status as an “invitee,” a “licensee,” or a “trespasser.”
These types of issues can make premises liability cases complicated. That means it is critical to have seasoned and aggressive representation — like that provided by Jim and Matt Poe — to get the best possible results on your premises liability injury claim.
Some Common Types of Atlanta Premises Liability Cases
- Negligent Security. In Georgia, a landowner can be liable when someone gets attacked by a criminal on the owner’s property if the landowner had reason to know that such a criminal act would be committed but failed to take steps to guard against the injury. That means a crime victim may have a claim for compensation against the landowner.
- Negligent Maintenance. Georgia law requires that people who own or occupy land maintain and repair the premises to keep it reasonably safe for invitees (meaning people who have been encouraged to enter the property for any lawful purpose). That includes inspecting the property to identify and fix defects and other hazards that an invitee might not be aware of. If the property owner doesn’t maintain the premises and someone gets hurt, the injury victim could have a claim for damages.
- Slip and falls. A slip-and-fall claim is the most common form of premises liability claim. These claims involve injuries that were sustained while the individual bringing the claim was on someone else’s property.
Types of Damages in a Premises Liability Case
Under Georgia law, damages in injury cases can include:
Compensatory Damages: These damages are intended to compensate you for the negative consequences of your injury. They can be both economic and non-economic. Compensatory damages can include general and special damages.
Special Damages: These damages pertain to past, present and future financial losses, such as those for:
- medical expenses.
- lost wages and earnings.
General Damages: These damages cover losses that are not financial. They include:
- Physical pain and suffering.
- Mental pain and suffering, such as emotional distress, fright, shock, and humiliation.
Punitive Damages: These damages are awarded by a jury in cases where it is appropriate to penalize, punish, or deter a defendant from producing the same behavior in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Our Atlanta Premises Liability Lawyer
At James M. Poe, P.C., our Atlanta attorneys offer trusted, proven representation for people who have been seriously hurt because of a property owner’s carelessness. Our clients receive dedicated and individual attention from Jim and Matt Poe — experienced and passionate Georgia trial lawyers who know how to get results for accident victims and their families.
If you’ve been seriously hurt on someone’s property and want to know whether you have a premises liability claim, we can answer any questions you might have. It’s easy to reach out to us today — just call us, or use our convenient online contact form.
We’ll schedule a free consultation with our Atlanta premises liability lawyer to talk about your case, including how you can best protect your family’s financial security after your premises liability accident.