What are my Options if I’m Injured on Someone Else’s Property?

An illustration of a person fallingProperty owners in Georgia are responsible for the care and upkeep of their properties. They also have a duty to warn of or correct dangerous conditions on their property. When they don’t do that and visitors to the property are injured, then the accident victim might be eligible to sue the property owner.

Accidents on someone else’s premises are not just limited to slip and fall accidents. At Slappey & Sadd, our legal team can review the circumstances of your accident, visit the property where the accident occurred, and begin an investigation into the accident. Our knowledgeable litigation team investigates premises liability cases everywhere in Georgia, including Fulton County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Muscogee County, Newton County, Richmond County, Troup County, Walton County, and Whitfield County. Let our experienced team put their experience to work and pursue the compensation you need for your injuries.

Types of Premises Accident Cases

While slip and fall accidents do sometimes occur on others’ premises, these are not the only types of accidents that can occur. Common examples of other accidents that might occur on someone else’s property include the following:

  • Swimming pool accidents – where property owners fail to maintain a swimming pool, the areas surrounding the pool, or pool equipment, proximately resulting in injuries to a pool user
  • Elevator and escalator accidents – where property owners fail to properly maintain these devices on their properties – or do not repair them in a timely fashion – causing them to malfunction and injure someone in the process
  • Incidents that involve negligent security – where property owners fail to keep their properties well-lit or do not have adequate security personnel on hand to address problems that arise (such as at a bar or a nightclub)

Legal Steps to Take

If you suffer injuries on another person’s property, you might be eligible to begin legal proceedings against the property owner. Legal action usually begins by filing a claim against the property owner and/or the property’s owner’s insurer. If the premises where the accident occurs is a residence, a homeowner’s policy is likely in place to provide some or all of the necessary insurance coverage.

To prevail in a personal injury claim that involves injuries on someone else’s premises, the accident victim must prove that the property owner knew about the dangerous condition or circumstance but failed to take prompt action to either warn about the condition or remedy the condition. Proving notice on the part of the premises owner is one of the most difficult aspects of any premises liability case, and in some instances, a thorough investigation into the accident must be completed to establish this important legal element.

In addition to proving that the premises owner was at fault, the accident victim must also prove that he or she suffered physical injuries because of the accident.

Speak to a Georgia Premises Accident Attorney Today

If you have been injured on someone else’s property in an incident that was not your fault, call the Georgia lawyers at Slappey & Sadd for assistance filing your claim and litigating it to a conclusion. Our lawyers welcome the opportunity to take your case to court and will keep you informed every step of the way.

To schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a Georgia premises accident lawyer, please call us today at 404.255.6677, or contact us online.