Premise liability refers to a property owner (or property operator's) potential legal responsibility for injuries sustained as a result of unsafe conditions on the property. Premise liability cases can exist in nearly every type of structure or open space and can include accidents involving slips and falls, swimming pools, construction sites, falling equipment, fires, animal and criminal attacks, or inadequate security.
Most personal injury cases are based on negligence, and premises liability cases are no exception. In order to win a premises liability case, the injured person must prove that the property owner was negligent with respect to ownership and/or maintenance of the property. In general, negligence means that the property owner failed to use reasonable care in connection with the property.
Generally speaking, property owners owe you a duty of care unless you are trespassing without their knowledge. An owner is not liable for any injury you sustain in that case. If the owner sees you trespassing and allows you to stay on the property, it is as though you were invited as a guest, and any subsequent injury could be the owner’s fault. Another exception requires that property owners exercise reasonable care towards children, even unknown trespassers, and remove any foreseeable risk of harm. If a homeowner has a swimming pool in the back yard, for instance, the owner should fence the pool to protect neighboring children from harm.
When you make a premises liability claim, you may be entitled to damages. The amount is usually proportional to the extent of your injuries, and it could include medical bills, prescription medications, and physical therapy, as well as wages you lost if your injury prevented you from immediately returning to work.
If you or a loved one have suffered a premises liability injury, you should speak with an experienced attorney to ensure that your legal rights to compensation are fully assessed and protected. The first step is to contact Georgia Injury Attorneys, with absolutely no obligation.
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