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Atlanta Premises Liability Lawyer

A premises liability claim occurs when an accident happens on somebody’s property because they allowed a dangerous situation to exist without warning about it or fixing it. A premises liability accident could be a slip and fall, a trip and fall, getting hit by a falling object, or even being assaulted because security on the premises was inadequate to prevent or deter the attack.

Injuries in a premises liability accident can range from sprains, strains and soft tissue injuries to broken bones, brain injuries, spinal injuries, and worse. At The Schermerhorn Firm, we understand that when you’re injured on someone else’s property, it can be a life-changing experience. That’s why we aggressively fight for the rights of those injured due to the negligence of property owners throughout Georgia. It can be difficult to win significant compensation in a premises liability claim or to win it at all, which is why you need an attorney with a record of success handling such matters. You’ll find that at The Schermerhorn Firm, where we’ve obtained six- and seven-figure settlements across the spectrum of Georgia premises liability law. Contact us today for help from an experienced and successful Atlanta premises liability lawyer.

Understanding Georgia Premises Liability Law

In Georgia, premises liability law holds property owners responsible for injuries that occur on their property due to hazardous conditions. However, the duty owed by the property owner to the injured party depends on the legal status of the visitor as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser:

  • Invitees: These are individuals invited onto the property for the owner’s benefit, such as customers in a store. Property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care, which includes regular inspections to identify and promptly address potential hazards by fixing them or at least putting up an adequate warning.

  • Licensees: Licensees are individuals allowed on the property for their own purposes, such as social guests, salespersons, repairpersons, and delivery persons. Property owners must warn licensees of known dangers but are not required to conduct regular inspections for their benefit.

  • Trespassers: Trespassers are individuals who enter or remain on the property without permission. This could include people staying in a store after it has closed or entering private areas not open to the public. Property owners owe the least duty of care to trespassers, only requiring them to refrain from intentionally creating a hazard or other willful or wanton conduct that could cause harm.

Common Dangerous Conditions Leading to Premises Liability Accidents

Premises liability accidents can occur due to various hazardous conditions. Some of the most common examples include the following:

  • Slippery or wet floors
  • Uneven sidewalks or flooring
  • Poorly lit stairways or walkways
  • Obstructions or debris on walkways
  • Faulty escalators or elevators
  • Boxes of merchandise carelessly stacked on high shelves
  • Inadequate security leading to criminal attacks

We Handle a Wide Range of Premises Liability Cases in Atlanta and Throughout Georgia

The Schermerhorn Firm has extensive experience handling premises liability claims and takes cases involving many different types of properties in Atlanta and beyond, such as:

  • Retail stores and shopping malls
  • Public parks and recreational areas
  • Office buildings and commercial properties
  • Apartment buildings and residential complexes
  • Private residences

Holding Property Owners Accountable for Inadequate Security

One critical aspect of premises liability is the obligation of property owners to provide adequate security measures to prevent criminal attacks. When property owners fail to implement appropriate security measures, such as surveillance cameras, adequate lighting, or security personnel, they can be held liable for injuries resulting from criminal activities on their premises. The Schermerhorn Firm has successfully handled many of these cases, including assaults and negligent security on Georgia medical campuses, where the firm has developed a particular level of expertise in helping assault victims find justice and accountability.

Helping Dog Bite Victims Recover in Georgia

People who keep dogs or any dangerous or vicious animals are responsible for managing and controlling them. Many city and county ordinances require dog owners to keep their pets on a leash or at heel when in public. Owners who instead allow their dogs to roam free can be held liable for any unprovoked attack and the harm suffered by the dog bite victim, including physical, mental, and emotional harm. Our team at The Schermerhorn Firm understands Georgia dog bite law and will pursue full justice and compensation for dog bite victims. Even if the dog owner was a friend or family member, a settlement with their insurance company does not need to negatively impact your relationship. It’s fair, and that’s what insurance is for.

Contact The Schermerhorn Firm Today

At The Schermerhorn Firm, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that a premises liability accident can take on you and your family. That’s why we fight aggressively to ensure that property owners are held accountable for their negligence. Our dedicated Atlanta personal injury team will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else’s property, don’t wait. Contact The Schermerhorn Firm today for a free consultation, and let us fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.

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