The phrase “slip and fall” is often used to describe personal injury lawsuits arising from premises liability. But premises liability covers far more than a supermarket that failed to clean up a spill in the aisles. All property owners in Georgia–including public agencies and private homeowners–have a legal duty to keep their premises “reasonably safe” for their invited guests.
This does not mean property that owners must guarantee against all potential safety risks. But where there is a known hazard–or a defective condition that a responsible property owner would have discovered through ordinary care–there is a duty to correct the problem before anyone gets hurt. If you have been injured because a property owner failed in this responsibility, then you should speak with an Atlanta premises liability attorney as soon as possible to discuss possible legal action.
At the offices of Calvin A. Edwards, Jr., Attorney, our skilled and dedicated legal team can help you recover damages for injuries that you suffered as a result of property owner’s negligence. A slip and fall may not sound serious, but in many cases that puddle of water at the grocery store can lead to a torn knee ligament, a broken hip, or even a traumatic brain injury, i.e., a concussion. A trip to the store should never leave you with thousands of dollars in medical bills and months of physical rehabilitation. Let us help you get back on your feet financially.
More Than “Slip and Fall” Accidents
Here are some other types of cases our premises liability team can assist you with:
- Accidents on school and government property. – Personal injury claims involving state and local government subdivisions, including public schools, are handled differently than those involving private landowners. Like all states, Georgia has “sovereign immunity,” which means the state cannot be sued without its consent. State law does consent to certain premises liability claims, but there are specific rules that must be strictly followed.
- Falling trees. In Atlanta and other urban areas, property owners can be held responsible for damage caused by trees that fall from their property. The common-law rule is that if the tree was “visibly dead or diseased” before the fall, the owner is liable.
- Negligent security. Some hazardous conditions involve people rather than objects. Businesses open to the public may be responsible for failing to provide adequate security when a customer is assaulted by an employee or a third party. In fact, the Georgia Supreme Court held in 2017 that a popular Atlanta-area theme park was liable for a gang fight that started in its parking lot and ultimately injured an innocent bystander outside the property.
Premises liability cases often require a great deal of investigation, since each accident involves a unique set of facts and circumstances. At the offices of Calvin A. Edwards, Jr., Attorney, we work with experts who can help determine what a property owner did wrong and how their inaction led to your injury. Our only goal is making sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Are You Reluctant to Speak With an Attorney? We Can Help.
You may be reluctant, even embarrassed, to contact an Atlanta premises liability attorney following a slip-and-fall or similar accident. But you have nothing to be ashamed about. Call us today at 470-539-8528 to schedule a free initial consultation. There is no pressure and no obligation. We just want to hear your story and figure out the best way to help you and your family.