Premises Liability Attorney in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia
Under Georgia law, property and business owners have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition for invitees and customers. This may involve performing routine inspections, prompt repairs of damaged areas, or warning visitors about dangerous and unsafe areas. If you were hurt in an accident on someone else's property, you may be eligible to hold the property owner liable and pursue damages for your injuries.
At the Law Office of George Haskell, we provide compassionate representation and skilled legal guidance to clients in their premises liability claims. Our trusted Georgia personal injury attorney will analyze the facts of your case and present your legal options to seek damages. Also, we will fight for your best interests and help you hold the negligent property owner liable for your injuries and damages.
The Law Office of George Haskell proudly serves clients across Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, and the surrounding areas, including Milledgeville, Forsyth, Monticello, Warner Robins, and Houston County.
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Premises Liability in Georgia
According to Georgia premises liability law, the owner or occupier of land must make reasonable efforts to keep the premises safe and prevent accidents or injuries to invitees or anyone lawfully on the property. In the event that an invitee becomes injured due to the dangerous, unsafe, or hazardous condition of the property, they may be entitled to hold the property owner or occupier liable by filing a premises liability claim.
Common Types of Premises Liability Claims
Some common accidents and injuries that may occur and result in premises liability claims in Georgia include:
Slip and fall accidents
Inadequate maintenance of the property
Defective and broken stair accidents
Garage door accidents
Dog bites, dog attacks, and other animal attacks
Water leaks or flooding
Stair collapse or defective staircases
Balcony or porch collapses
Oilfield accidents and oil leaks
Toxic fumes or chemicals
Construction site accidents
Elevator and escalator defects or accidents
Accidents involving fire
Snow and ice accidents
Swimming pool accidents
Negligent security leading to assault or injury
If you or someone you know were involved in an accident on someone else's property, you need to reach out to a dedicated premises liability attorney immediately. Your lawyer can walk you through the claims process and help you hold the negligent private or public property owner accountable for your premises-related injuries.
Private Property vs. Public Property Claims
A person may become hurt while lawfully on private property or on public property that is managed or owned by the government.
Private properties include residential and commercial buildings, such as residential apartments, local supermarkets, grocery stores, condos, and retail stores.
Public properties include sidewalks, public libraries, public playgrounds, roadways, parking lots, theme parks, public schools, and other government buildings.
Generally, both public and private property negligence are similar. An injured person who was on public or private property for a lawful purpose may seek compensation for their premises-related injury from the government or property owner, respectively. A seasoned attorney can enlighten you about the property owner's duty of care and help file your premise liability claims.
Property Owner Duty of Care
According to Georgia law, a property owner has a duty of care to:
keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition, or
warn visitors and invitees of potential hazards on the premises.
If the owner knew or should have reasonably known about the dangerous condition on the property but failed to repair and fix it or warn invitees, they could be held liable for injuries suffered.
The Attractive Nuisance Doctrine
Under Georgia law, attractive nuisance are items on a property that are appealing to children but are "inherently dangerous." Examples include trampolines and swimming pools. Essentially, the property owner has a duty to protect or warn children from these dangerous items. Thus, according to the attractive nuisance doctrine, the property or business owner may be held liable for injuries to a child trespasser.
Comparative Fault in Georgia
Additionally, Georgia operates using the "modified comparative fault" system, with a 50% bar. Under the rule, a person who suffers a premises-related injury will only be allowed to seek compensation if the property owner is found to be mostly (more than 50%) liable for the accident or injury. However, the amount of damages that may be recovered will be reduced by the claimant's fault degree. According to Georgia's modified comparative fault system, you will be barred completely from seeking damages if you were more than 50% responsible for your premises-related injuries.
Dependable Legal Help
Filing premises liability claims and proving fault for your premise-related injuries can be difficult and complicated. To seek damages, you must show that the owner or occupier of the property knew or should have reasonably known about the building's unsafe conditions but failed to fix it or warn you. A personal injury attorney can fight for your rights and help you seek your deserved financial compensation.
At the Law Office of George Haskell, we have the diligence and expertise to help you navigate through the complexities of premises liability claims. Our team will investigate your options to pursue damages, help maximize your case value, and seek to hold the responsible property owner liable. Also, we will advocate for your best interests and help you pursue the maximum possible damages for your injuries, and any additional pain and suffering you were put through.
Premises Liability Attorney Serving Macon-Bibb County, Georgia
If you were injured in an accident on someone else's property, you can pursue fair compensation. Contact us at the Law Office of George Haskell today to schedule a simple case evaluation. Our skilled attorney has the compassionate representation and assistance you need in your claims. We're proud to serve clients across Macon-Bibb County, Milledgeville, Forsyth, Monticello, Warner Robins, and Houston County, Georgia.