The owner or custodian of a property has the legal responsibility to take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of invitees. That means that property should be well-maintained and clear warnings should be posted about any inevitable hazards. Premise liability litigation—often referred to as “slip and fall” litigation—refers to a subsection of personal injury law that deals with individuals sustaining injuries on the property of others. The attorneys at the Law Offices of David E. Oles of Alpharetta, GA have assisted negligence victims in recovering appropriate compensation following slip and fall accidents.
Duty of the Owner and Premises Liability
According to Georgia Code, “Where an owner or occupier of land, by express or implied invitation, induces or leads others to come upon his premises for any lawful purpose, he is liable in damages to such persons for injuries caused by his failure to exercise ordinary care in keeping the premises and approaches safe.” That means that the owner must make the property reasonably safe for anyone who they’ve led to believe have permission to be there.
Examples of Common Hazards
One of the most common types of premise liability cases is the slip and fall. The managers and owners of stores, hotels, and other public venues go to great lengths to make certain that the walking surfaces of their facilities are safe to avoid this type of accident. Other types of premise liability hazards include:
- Exposed wiring
- Debris in throughways
- Improper barricading around construction and work sites
- Items falling from high shelves
If you’ve been injured on another party’s property, you should speak to a Georgia personal injury lawyer immediately. As time elapses, crucial evidence can be lost, which could weaken your claim.
Georgia’s Statute of Limitation in Slip and Fall Cases
O.C.G.A. 9-3-33 of Georgia code establishes the time limit for personal injury claims at two years from the time of the accident, but it’s important that you contact a premise liability litigation lawyer as soon as practical to ensure a positive outcome for your case. The longer you wait to involve the services of an attorney, the greater the likelihood that evidence can be intentionally or inadvertently destroyed. On the other hand, a qualified personal injury lawyer will interview witnesses, review video surveillance footage, read accident reports, and photograph the scene of the incident in a timely manner.
The Cost of a Slip and Fall Accident
Unfortunately, many victims of slip and fall accidents don’t realize how badly they can be hurt from even a mild impact. Many times, the accident goes unreported to the store until the victim has learned that they sustained damage. Even a moderately severe slip and fall can lead to a hospital visit, consultations with specialists, medication, lost wages, pain and suffering. You could end up spending thousands of dollars on recovering from an accident that could have easily been avoided had the custodian of the premises taken appropriate precautions.
Insurance companies and their adjusters know this, but that doesn’t mean that it’s always in their best interests to pay your claim. That’s why consulting with a personal injury lawyer who’s familiar with Georgia tort litigation can help you get a fast and fair recovery.
Personal Injury Attorney of Alpharetta, GA
Being injured in any accident can be painful, costly, and time consuming, but when it’s someone else’s fault, they’re the ones who should have to pay for your recovery. The attorneys of Fulton County’s Law Offices of David E. Oles work diligently for their clients’ physical and financial recovery. They have the experience and access to the resources necessary for you to get a full and fair settlement. We work on a contingency basis, which means that we aren’t paid until you receive a settlement or an award for damages. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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