Premises Liability & Slip and Fall
Premises Liability law in Georgia is a law that protects people from injuries or death that they may suffer on the premises of another person or entity. If you or a loved has been injured or killed on the premises of another, then we are very sorry and we encourage you to Contact Us right away so that your case receives the proper attention that it deceives. The Georgia Law that governs Premises Liability is O.C.G.A. Section 51-3-1 that can be found here.
When people think of Premises Liability the term that often comes to mind is Slip and Fall cases. As we discuss in our February 5, 2014 blog post titled Premises Liability at the GA Dome: The Premises Liability also apple in Canton, GA that can be found at: http://www.georgiainjurylawyerblawg.com, under Georgia Law all Slip and Fall cases are Premises Liability cases, but not all Premises Liability cases are Slip and Fall cases. Premises Liability cases in Georgia tend to be very difficult cases for Plaintiff’s to win, and many more Defendant’s verdicts are rendered in these types of case. The tide is turning, but it is still a Defendant’s arena. At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates our Premises Liability Attorneys throughly understand the Georgia Law as it pertains to Premises Liability and are experts at working these cases from start to finish and winning verdicts in even the most difficult situations.
Premises Liability applies to many different fact patterns, places, and situations including, but not limited to, the following:
- Amusement Parks and Venues
- Gas Stations
- Medical Offices
- Security Failures at Apartment Complexes and Parking Garages
- Slip and Fall
- Sporting Events and Venues
- Retail Stores such as Grocery Stores, Warehouse Clubs, and any store that holds itself out to the public
Basically, the Georgia Premises Liability Law applies to any place where an owner or occupier invites others to the premises for any lawful purpose. The owner or occupier can then be held liable for damages suffered by a person who is injured or killed on such premises if the owner or occupier failed to use ordinary care to keep the premises safe. These might seem like easy cases for an injured person to prevail, but the Georgia Law puts the burden of proof on the Plaintiff (i.e. the injured) to show that the Defendant (i.e. the owner or occupier of the premises) had knowledge of the hazard that caused the injury AND that the Plaintiff lacked the knowledge of the hazard. This is not an easy burden of proof for the Plaintiff. As such, our Attorneys are experts at proving these elements so that you can recover damages if you are injured, or if a loved one is killed, on the property of another.
An interesting development in Georgia Law, for example, pertains to Negligent Security Cases. For example, if a person is shot in a parking lot of an apartment complex and there has never been a shooting in the parking lot of that apartment complex before, that does not mean that the landowner is not responsible. The landowner can still be responsible even if past incidents did not involve a shooting but involved other crimes such as car break ins, physical assaults, or other criminal attacks or activity. These other criminal activities, in essence, are enough to put the landowner on notice that there is a safety issue and then the landowner has the duty to keep the premises safe for its occupants.
Similarly, in Slip and Fall cases, if the owner or occupier of the premises knew or should have known that a dangerous condition exists or has existed in the past, then it is the owner or occupiers duty to correct that condition so that the premises is safe for the invitees of the premises. You may read more about how Stores must be careful, even if customers aren’t in our 2014 Winter Consumer Safety Newsletter.
At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, we are experts at representing people who have been injured or killed on the premises of another and we are here to assist you every step of the way. You may contact us 24/7 for your free consultation by any or all of the following means by phone at (770) 865-8654 and (813) 363-6664, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Contact Us on our website. We are here to assist you and we look forward to hearing from you soon. We want you to Stay Safe on any premises in Georgia and if you are injured, then we want you to receive all of the just compensation that you deserve.