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Premises Liability

Fortson, Bentley and Griffin, P.A.’s premises liability attorneys help people recover money for personal injury that occurs on the property of another person.

Premises liability cases occur when a person is injured while on another party’s property. If you were injured at someone else’s home or place of business, the person or entity responsible for the premises may be found liable. Premises liability cases arise from a variety of situations, including slip and falls, dog bites, assaults and other criminal activity, falling decks, sink holes, and injuries in swimming pools. The person who may be liable for your damages is the party in control of the property. That party is responsible for the care, maintenance and inspection of the property. For example, an owner may not be the responsible party if he or she has leased the property to another party who actually has control over it.

Under Georgia law, an owner or occupier of land is liable to invitees for injuries caused by the failure to exercise ordinary care in keeping the premises safe. This includes a duty to inspect the premises to discover possible dangerous conditions of which the person in control of the property may not be aware, and to take reasonable precautions to protect the invitees from foreseeable dangers. In other words, the responsible party must pay for damages if the injured party proves that: (1) the condition of the property was dangerous; (2) the owner knew, or should have known, about the dangerous condition; (3) the owner had a reasonable opportunity to correct or warn of the dangerous condition; and (4) the dangerous condition was not reasonably open and obvious to the injured party at the time of the accident.

A slip and fall, or trip and fall accident, is the most common type of premises liability injury. In this type of case, the injured person slips or trips on an unsafe surface that was not properly maintained by the defendant. Slippery floors, broken stairs, uneven sidewalks and poorly lit walkways are all examples of potential hazards giving rise to premises liability claims. These types of conditions may lead to serious injuries for the victim, such as fractured bones, head injury, spinal cord injury, bruising, and permanent scarring.

Although a slip and fall may not seem like a serious event, it can leave you with permanent and life-altering injuries. The medical expenses associated with premises liability injuries may be very significant. With the representation of an experienced premises liability attorney, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries, including:

  • Pain and Suffering
  • Mental Anguish
  • Lost Wages
  • Medical Bills
  • Permanent Disability
  • Future Medical Bills
  • Prescription Costs
  • Lost Benefits

If you have been injured on someone else’s property, please contact one of FB&G’s personal injury attorneys online or by telephone at 706-548-1151 to discuss obtaining a free evaluation of your case.