Thomasville Premises Liability Lawyer
Premises Liability Attorney Serving Injured Victims in and Around Thomasville, GA
Owning a piece of property comes with serious responsibility. Not only do you have to attempt to guarantee a successful business (if retail or service industry) or maintain your homestead, but you also need to ensure that there are no hidden dangers on your property that could cause harm or wrongful death to a visitor. The theory of premises liability involves a situation where someone was injured or killed while on the property of another. Not all premises liability cases are cut and dry. Sometimes there can be more than one responsible party. Get the legal answers you need. Contact a Thomasville Premises Liability Lawyer at The Rodd Firm as soon as possible.
What is Premises Liability?
A property owner must be able to guarantee the safety of their property for guests. There are many different things can classify the property as unsafe or hazardous for visitors, including:
- Uneven sidewalks
- Broken stairs
- Broken smoke alarms
- Hidden dangerous areas
Georgia law requires that a property owner exercise reasonable care to keep their property safe for “invitees” which visit the property. Therefore, the breach of this duty in providing a safe property could result in liability for a property owner. There are different levels of guests on any property, including both invitees and trespassers.
It is important to understand that a property owner also has a duty of care for trespassers onto the property. This is more of an issue when there is hidden danger or a hazardous area on the property that could be seen as luring individuals onto the property. This could include a situation where individuals are known to cross the property to get to another part of town, and a hole in the ground is covered up unbeknownst to the trespasser. This may also occur if the property owner is aware that individuals often cross their property and have a dangerous dog on the property that is prone to attacking strangers, causing dog bite injuries. The failure to alert trespassers to hidden dangers could create a liability for the property owner.
As an invitee or even a trespasser on property, you will be able to bring a claim for damages against the property owner if you were injured on the property due to a failure to uphold the basic standard of care for a property owner. An interesting statistic as reported by The National Safety Council (NSC) indicates that more people are treated in emergency rooms because of falls than car accidents – nearly 9 million hospital visits every year are for fall-related injuries. If you slipped in a store and were injured due to a spill that had not yet been cleaned up, you are able to pursue a claim for damages under a premises liability theory.
Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents and Personal Injury Damages
A personal injury claim for damages can be brought against the property owner in a premises liability case. A claim may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Future earnings
- Lost wages
- Mental anguish
- Punitive damages
An attorney will be able to assist you in determining the exact amount of damages you are eligible to claim, after taking into account the facts of your case and the type of visitor you are classified as.
Thomasville Premises Liability Attorney Chris Rodd Can Help – Call Today
If you have a loved one experienced injuries on someone else’s property due to their negligent behavior, it is important to bring a claim for damages against the owner. Premises liability is a unique part of personal injury law and requires that property owners maintain ongoing compliance throughout their property to guarantee it is safe for all guests. Call our Thomasville, Georgia office today, or fill out our convenient online form to schedule your initial free consultation.