Powder Springs Premises Liability Lawyer
All Powder Springs property owners are legally required to make sure that their properties are safe for visitors. If you are visiting a property in Powder Springs and are injured due to a hazard, you have the right to take legal action.
At The Embry Law Firm, our Powder Springs premises liability lawyer can help you file a claim and get full compensation for medical bills or other expenses related to your injury. Whether you were injured at a business, public space, restaurant, or someone’s home, you have legal rights.
Premises Liability Cases we Handle
The Embry Law Firm represents clients in a variety of premises liability claims. We can help you if you have been injured as a result of:
- Slippery floors with no caution sign present
- Uneven or broken curbs or sidewalks
- Icy or wet parking lots
- Clutter or boxes in walkways
- Torn or bunched carpeting
- Electrical cords exposed as a tripping hazard
- Dangerous staircases or railings
- Poor lighting
- Defective shelving
- Carbon monoxide
- Dog bites
- Inadequate security
There are numerous circumstances that can lead to a premises liability claim. The best way to find out if you have grounds for legal action is to contact our Powder Springs premises liability lawyer to discuss your situation.
What are the Most Common Premises Liability Accidents?
While it is true that there are numerous possible circumstances that could lead to a premises liability claim, there are three types of accidents that are more common than all the rest. These are:
- Slip and Fall Accidents – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counts slip and fall accidents as a leading cause of injury and death among older Americans.
- Dog Bite Accidents – Between 2005 and 2016, dog attacks killed 392 people. Thousands of people are injured in dog bite accidents each year.
- Swimming Pool Accidents – Accidental drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children 14 and under. Accidental drowning is estimated to cause 10 deaths each day.
Georgia Law and Premises Liability Claims
When you file a premises liability claim, Georgia law looks at your relationship to the property owner. That relationship and owner liability are broken down as follows:
- An Invitee – Someone who was invited to the property, but the owner failed to keep the premises safe. Examples include friends, shoppers at a mall, or neighbors. A property owner has a high duty of care, and therefore liability, for invitees.
- A Licensee – Someone who was not invited to the property, but is not trespassing. Examples include salespeople. Property owners have less of a duty of care to licensees, but can be held liable for “willful or wanton injury.”
- A Trespasser – Someone who is not authorized to enter the property. Property owners do not have a duty of care to trespassers, and will not be held liable for injuries. However, property owners can be liable for “trespassers” who are children or who have certain cognitive or mental disorders. These individuals may not understand they are trespassing, or that there are dangers.
How Do I Prove a Premises Liability Case?
An abundance of fraudulent claims, particularly slip and fall claims, has resulted in laws that require plaintiffs (victims) to prove certain elements in premises liability claims. As a plaintiff, you have the burden of proving:
- That the named defendant owns or leases the property in question.
- That the defendant was negligent in use or maintenance of the property (violation of the standard of care).
- That the defendant owed you a duty of care because you were an invitee or licensee.
- That the defendant’s negligence caused your injuries.
- That your injuries resulted in real damages. Real damages means that you have documentation showing that you suffered financially, such as medical bills, lost income, etc.
Because you have the burden of proof, it is important to work with a lawyer who is knowledgeable about premises liability law, and who has successfully obtained verdicts or settlements in this type of case.
Contact a Skilled Premises Liability Lawyer
If you need help sorting through a potential premises liability claim, contact The Embry Law Firm. Our Powder Springs premises liability lawyer can review your situation and determine if you have a claim. If so, we will help build and prove your case.