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Hurt on Another Party's Property?

Businesses and property owners in the state of Georgia owe certain legal duties to those entering on their premises. The duties vary according to the relationship between the owner of the land or property and the person entering the premises. Generally, the degree of care owed by an owner to others is divided into three categories as follows:

  • Invitee: the owner is liable for his failure in keeping the premises and approaches safe (O.C.G.A. § 51-3-1);
  • Licensee: the owner is liable for willful or wanton injury (O.C.G.A. § 51-3-2); and
  • Trespasser: the owner owes no duty of care except to refrain from causing a willful or wanton injury (O.C.G.A. § 51-3-3).

Premises liability claims are fact orientated and there are many rules, exceptions to the rules, and unique cases. Further, premises liability law often changes and develops. Though not every injury, accident or assault can be avoided, property owners are required to meet minimum safety standards based upon their relationship with the other party as outlined above. These standards also vary from property to property — depending on what the premises are used for and where they are located.

Common Types of Premises Liability Accidents

Types of premises liability claims can include:

  • Swimming pool accident claims – drowning, near drowning, drain entrapment, falls or diving accidents
  • Construction accidents – failure to abide by safety standards or proper building, construction or life safety codes causing injury to another
  • Toxic torts – environmental claims from the use or ownership of hazardous materials that cause injuries to another, such as exposure to certain chemicals causing cancer in groundwater
  • Slip-and-fall accidents — resulting from wet or slippery walking surfaces
  • Trip-and-fall accidents — resulting from static defects, uneven sidewalks, torn carpeting, broken floorboards or uneven stairways
  • Dangerous conditions — such as exposed wiring or potholes
  • Inadequate maintenance — resulting in damage or injuries from falling debris
  • Negligent security — giving cover to a criminal attack, rape or sexual assault
  • Daycare or childcare negligence — leading to the injury of a child
  • Dram shop – selling, furnishing or serving alcoholic beverages to a person not of the lawful drinking age, knowing such person will soon be driving a motor vehicle, or who knowing sells, furnishes or serves alcoholic beverages to a person who is in a state of noticeable intoxication, knowing that such person will soon be driving a motor vehicle, may be liable to those injured

Contact Experienced Injury Lawyers for Help

If you were injured by an accident, assault or otherwise suffered an injury related to the use of property, whether private, public or residential, the owner of that property may be liable for your injuries. It is imperative that you seek the advice of an experienced attorney to help evaluate the potential premises liability claim.

At Goldstein & Hayes, P.C., our Atlanta personal injury lawyers share more than 60 years of combined professional experience and have recovered more than $200 million for our clients. Our commitment to excellence has resulted in numerous accolades and recognitions, including membership into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, selection for The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers®.

To see whether or not you have a premises liability claim, call our personal injury team today at (888) 425-6070 for a free consultation.