In Georgia, as well as throughout the country, property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe for guests. This means that if an invited guest is injured on their property, the owner may be held liable for any damages related to the accident.
Common causes of accidents include:
- Broken, loose, or slippery flooring
- Unswept debris
- Missing handrails
- Exposed or unsafe electrical wiring
- Insufficient lighting
- Inadequate security
- Unfenced swimming pools
- Unrestrained dogs
Demonstrating fault in premises liability cases relies on proving the following three factors: duty of care, breach of duty, and causation of injury. The first and most vital part of a premises liability case is establishing that the property owner had a legal responsibility to maintain their property so that it is safe for guests. This means taking basic precautions to reduce the chances of an accident, such as repairing broken tiles or promptly mopping up spills.
After the duty of care has been established, it must be proven that the property owner breached that duty by failing to correct a hazard that they had a reasonable opportunity to discover and rectify. For example, if a spill occurs in an aisle at a grocery store and the staff becomes aware, but doesn’t clean it up in a timely manner, the store may be held responsible for committing a negligent breach of responsibility.
Finally, it must be proven that the breach of duty is what caused the injury – for example, that the plaintiff sustained injuries when he or she slipped in liquid on the floor that hadn’t been cleaned up.
If you or a loved one has been injured through no fault of your own on another person’s property, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney at our firm about your legal options. You may be entitled to pursue compensation from the owner of the property to cover costs related to your accident, including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. With decades of combined experience and a history of successful results, Hartman-Imbriale LLP has what it takes to help you reach the outcome you desire. You pay nothing unless we win your case!
To schedule a free consultation with a Woodstock personal injury attorney at Hartman-Imbriale LLP, please call out office at (678) 647-7220.