Property owners or occupiers in Georgia are required to take reasonable steps to ensure that their property is safe for the use of those they invite to use it. When they fail to do so and allow a dangerous condition to arise or to remain on their property, they may be held responsible if somebody gets hurt.
Cases involving injuries from hazardous property are frequently called “premises liability” cases. You have probably heard of “trip-and-fall” and “slip-and-fall” cases, and many cases in this area involve people tripping or slipping on a hazard a negligent property owner allowed to exist on the owner’s property, such as a broken staircase at an apartment complex or a slippery floor in a grocery store. Premises liability law can cover a wide range of other scenarios too, including:
- Defective walkways
- Negligent maintenance
- Inadequate security
- Structure collapses
- Animal bites
- Mold exposure
I Was Injured on Somebody Else’s Property: What Can I Do?
Just as with any injury, it is important that you first get proper medical care. Because premises liability is such a varied area of the law, the types of injuries you can sustain can be tremendously diverse. We have seen clients with joint and soft-tissue injuries, respiratory problems, broken bones, deep wounds, electrocution injuries, and even amputations caused by hazardous property conditions. Some clients can be treated on an outpatient basis, but some require extensive hospitalization and surgery. We have seen clients require multiple joint replacements after falling in a structure collapse, others require surgery to repair broken bones or fuse spinal bones together, and others have to have gangrenous body parts removed. In all of these cases, the first rule is to get whatever treatment you need. You have people depending on your physical and financial recovery, and you owe it to them as well as to yourself to take care of your health. We will do all we can then to make sure you also get the financial recovery you deserve.
While the owner of property — for example, the landlord at an apartment building, or the owner of a shopping center, or the operator of a recreational facility — does not have to ensure the safety of everybody on that property, the owner (or occupier, if the property is leased to somebody else) is responsible to act reasonably to keep the property free of hazards. So, while a property owner may not be liable to a visitor who slips and falls while running down a staircase in the rain in slippery shoes, that property owner could be liable if the visitor gets hurt when a rotten step on that staircase gives way. Or, if the property owner is a landlord and he fails to keep the property he is leasing out in good repair, and the defect in the property causes injury to the tenant. Or if a hotel or an apartment complex is negligent in providing security for its guests or residents, and as a result allows a criminal to injure somebody. The list of examples could go on and on. If you’ve been injured in one of these scenarios, or by something completely different that you would like to discuss, reach out to us today for a free consultation. We are here to help.
Looking for a Premises Liability Attorney?
However you have been hurt, the Crosson Law Group, LLC can assist you in getting you to the best outcome. Our firm of personal injury lawyers offers compassionate and caring counsel to injury victims and their families. It can be challenging to live with pain following an injury, and it can be even more difficult to try to heal alone. You may have lost wages due to time away from work or be facing high medical expenses due to your injuries. The law affords you and your loved ones important protections if you’ve been injured by a hazard on somebody else’s property. If you’re looking for an attorney to help with your dangerous property case, the Crosson Law Group, LLC is here for you. You only have a limited amount of time to make a claim for an injury. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.