Sometimes referred to as slip and fall, the term property liability or premises liability covers cases surrounding a property owner's failure to protect visitors from an unreasonable risk of harm, or to keep his or her home, land or business reasonably safe. Common causes of cases that may warrant a property liability attorney may include:
- Cracked or Uneven Sidewalks
- Poor Lighting on Walkway or in Stairwell
- Broken Stairs/Railing
- Obstacles on Floors
- Absence of Adequate Security
- Falling Merchandise
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Dog Bites
According to Georgia, property visitors fall into one of three legal categories: Invitees, Licensees and Trespassers. A property owner’s duty to protect visitors varies depending on which category the visitor falls into.
- Invitees are owed the most duty from the property owner. Invitees include customers in a store and guests at a birthday party in someone’s home.
- Licensees include social guests, or sales people calling on the property owner. These visitors enter the property for their own purposes, and there is a significant gap in the amount of duty owed an invitee and a licensee.
- Trespassers are people on the owner’s property without permission - intentionally or by mistake.
It is important to remember that a property owner is not liable just because someone has been injured. In order to prove liability, the injured person has to prove that the owner was negligent and that the injury was the result of the owner’s negligence. Because these cases can be complicated, it may be helpful to consult an attorney who has experience with premises liability.
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Many people are injured each year while on someone else’s property; according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration, slips, trips, and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths - second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.
If you or a family member has been injured, it's important to consult with an experienced lawyer who understands the complexities of Georgia premises liability claims. If you choose to contact an attorney, be sure to ask your friends and family for recommendations, and be sure that the firm offers free initial consultations for potential injury cases - like Adams Law Firm. Above all, select a firm known for providing outstanding legal representation, and who will treat you with dignity and respect.