Atlanta Premises Liability Attorney

Premises liability cases refer to accidents or injuries that occur on another’s property, due to the negligence of an owner or property manager. Business and property owners have a responsibility to maintain safe conditions. These duties include fixing issues within the property itself, such as loose stair railings and appropriate signage. There are other grounds like making sure to prevent criminal activity and other possible safety hazards. Failure to do so can result in numerous preventable crimes such as assault, robbery, slips and falls, and other injuries or related accidents.

KEVIN PATRICK LAW IS YOUR CHOICE FOR A PREMISES LIABILITY CASE

As with all personal injury cases, a premises liability case must be handled by a compassionate and skilled attorney. Kevin Patrick has devoted his legal practice to representing individuals and families in and around Atlanta who have been injured due to other people’s negligence.

  • Kevin Patrick Law focuses solely on personal injury cases. This allows for a thorough knowledge of the circumstances surrounding premises liability issues.
  • We understand that it is important for each client to receive personalized attention from their attorney, and not a legal assistant or paralegal.
  • We represent our clients on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not have to worry about how you will afford an attorney. We only collect our legal fees after we secure a favorable settlement or verdict on your behalf.

HOW WILL AN ATTORNEY BE BENEFICIAL FOR YOUR CASE?

A premise liability claim is more complex than most people imagine. The injury might result in long-lasting physical and financial repercussions. Consulting an attorney could help you to learn about the nature and possible effects of your claim, and also maximize your recovery. Also, if your claim does not get settled, it might go into the litigation process, which will be very time-consuming and complicated. Therefore, you should have an attorney for a premise liability claim.

It will be necessary for your attorney to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding what happened in order to secure the compensation you deserve. Your Atlanta premises liability attorney will be responsible for:

  • Gathering all evidence from the scene, including store accident reports, video surveillance that may be available, eyewitness accounts, and more.
  • Ensuring that you are evaluated by a trusted medical doctor who can fully evaluate the extent of your injuries.
  • Working with all parties involved, including insurance carriers, to reach a favorable settlement on your behalf.
  • Preparing your case for a trial, if the at-fault party refuses to offer a fair settlement.

WHERE CAN PREMISES LIABILITY INCIDENTS HAPPEN?

Premises liability incidents can take place on playgrounds, at daycares, construction sites, and include injuries in public spaces such as restaurants, stores, or even government buildings.

WHAT ARE SOME COMMON TYPES OF PREMISES LIABILITY CLAIMS?

  • Slip and falls
  • Staircase accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Inadequate maintenance of the premises, such as snow and ice accidents
  • Inadequate building security leading to injury or assault
  • Dog bites
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Fires
  • Water leaks or flooding
  • Toxic fumes or chemicals

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU ARE INJURED BECAUSE OF A PREMISES LIABILITY INCIDENT?

  1. Report the incident. If you can, report the incident to the management of the property, the homeowner, or the owner of the premises.
  2. Get medical care. Delays in getting medical care could cause additional injury, or intensify your original injury. Moreover, the insurance company may use delays in going to the doctor as an excuse to not pay you as much as you deserve. If necessary, you should use your health insurance. Normally, your health insurance company will likely seek to get reimbursement from the settlement of the claim or the judgment in the lawsuit. If you do not have enough health insurance coverage and cannot afford the expense, you should talk to your lawyer and your lawyer might help you to find a doctor who will provide you with proper treatment and is willing to get paid at the end of the case.
  3. Get names and phone numbers of any witnesses. You should get the names and contact information for any witnesses at the scene as they can provide critical evidence and testimony regarding the circumstances of the incident.
  4. Don’t give a recorded statement to the insurance company without speaking to your lawyer. The insurance company might try to get a recorded statement from you because it wants to pay as little as possible to settle the claim. But this will not be not helpful to you in your pursuit of obtaining maximum recovery.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE PROVEN IN A PREMISES LIABILITY CASE?

Property owners owe a duty to those who have a right to be on their premises. Property owners must regularly inspect their premises for dangerous and hazardous conditions. They should repair them as quickly as reasonably possible or put up a warning sign so that lawful patrons are not injured. If it can be proven that a property owner knew about a hazardous condition and failed to take steps to remedy the situation, they could be held liable for any injuries that occur.

WHAT IS COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE IN GEORGIA?

Another reason that it is so important to have an Atlanta premises liability lawyer is because of Georgia’s modified comparative negligence approach to these cases. If a plaintiff is found to be partially at fault for their injury, their settlement could be reduced in the amount proportionate to their fault. For example, if a plaintiff is awarded $10,000 in damages, but is found to be 20% at fault for the incident, they would only receive $8,000 in total damages.

You can be sure that the defendant’s legal team or insurance carrier will work diligently to place some of the blame for your injury back on you.

WE ARE READY TO HELP YOU SECURE THE COMPENSATION YOU DESERVE

If you or someone you love has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a property owner or their employees, you may be entitled to compensation. At Kevin Patrick Law, we are ready to get to work investigating your case so we can secure the following:

  • Coverage of medical expenses related to the premises liability injury
  • Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work while you recover
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life/diminished quality of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the negligent property owner

If you have suffered an injury from a premises liability incident, please do not hesitate to call us as soon as possible. We are dedicated to making sure you get the legal guidance you need, the compensation you deserve, as well as making sure that these unsafe conditions are resolved so no one else has to suffer the same misfortune. When you need an Atlanta premises liability attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling (404) 566-5880.