What are your rights if you are injured on someone else’s property?
Even the safest, most cautious person in the world could be at risk of suffering an injury when there is a dangerous or hazardous condition present. At the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines, our attorneys understand that if you have been injured in our state, you may have questions about your future and your rights, especially if you think that your accident was caused by another party’s fault. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may have a premises liability claim. Call our experienced Atlanta premises liability lawyers to learn more about your rights and options.
Types of Premises Liability Accidents
When someone is injured on the property of another, that person may have an action under the theory of premises liability. Types of accidents and injuries that fall under the category of premises liability include:
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Falls from heights;
- Dog bites;
- Drowning and near-drowning accidents;
- Assault, sexual assault, and other crimes;
- Elevator and escalator accidents;
- Amusement park accidents; and
- Exposure to toxic fumes or chemicals.
If you have been hurt on another person’s property in an accident not listed above, please call our law firm directly to learn more about whether we can represent you.
Elements of a Premises Liability Claim
Premises liability is a legal theory that holds that the owner of a property (premise) can be held liable for damages resulting from injuries/accidents on the property if the accident was the result of a defective or hazardous condition. The elements of a premises liability claim include:
- A defective or hazardous condition existed on the property;
- The property owner knew or should have known of the condition;
- The property owner failed to remedy the condition within a reasonable amount of time; and
- The hazardous or defective condition was the direct cause of the victim’s accident and injuries.
Examples of hazardous conditions that may exist on a property include broken stairs, spills of food or drink, defective equipment or machinery, dangerous substances, unfenced pools, and more.
How a Georgia Premises Liability Attorney can Help
If you believe that your injuries are the result of a dangerous condition that existed on a property other than your own, our lawyers can help you to build your case and hold the property owner liable for the full extent of your injuries. We will work to:
- Prove that you were on the property lawfully (premises liability protections and the duty of care that a property owner owes to a person on their property do not extend to trespassers);
- Prove that a dangerous condition existed and that the property owner had knowledge of the condition or reasonably should have had knowledge of the condition;
- Prove that an unreasonable amount of time passed without the property owner remedying the condition;
- Show that there is causation between the condition and your accident and injuries; and
- Prove the extent of your damages.
What is more, we can also negotiate your settlement amount in order to maximize the compensation award you receive.
Call Our Georgia Premises Liability Lawyers Today
If you have been injured on another’s property, please do not hesitate to call our legal team at the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines. We are here to serve you, offer free consultations, and always work on a contingency fee basis.