A premises liability attorney can help you get compensation and justice if you or a loved one was harmed due to unsafe conditions on another party’s property.
A premises liability lawyer can help you get compensation if you or a loved one has been injured or killed on someone else’s property. Property owners and managers are responsible for making sure their premises are both safe and properly maintained. If they fail to do so and you are injured as a result, you may be awarded a settlement for both your monetary losses and your non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, through insurance or a premises liability lawsuit.
Georgia laws regarding premises liability are complicated, and property owners will often try to place the blame on you, but the Atlanta premises liability attorneys at The Stoddard Firm can help by dealing with insurance companies and handling all legal hurdles involved with getting you compensation, so you can concentrate on your recovery. Call us today for a free case evaluation at 470-467-2200 to get started.
Companies that manage property must follow certain protocol that includes inspecting for property hazards and using reasonable care to fix those hazards. If you or a loved one was seriously injured because a company chose to violate these rules, the Stoddard Firm can help. We have extensive experience handling all types of property defect cases, including:
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Common Injuries in Premises Liability Cases
Fall-related accidents are the most common cause of injury on poorly-maintained property. Slips, trips and falls can result in extremely serious injuries that might lead to costly medical bills, ongoing treatment, diminished work capacity and life-long impairment. Falls are particularly harmful for older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury and death among older Americans, causing 7 million injuries and 27,000 deaths annually.
There are several other types of injuries that are closely related to premises liability cases. Faulty wiring, broken staircases and the presence of certain gases or toxins can all lead to serious injury. Here are just a few examples of possible injuries in premises liability cases:
Brain injuries – Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, accounting for more than one-third of all TBIs. Being struck by a falling object is another common cause of brain injuries. These injuries are often permanent, affecting a sufferer’s memory, mood, personality, language-processing skills and physical abilities.
Back injuries – Back injuries come in many different forms, though one of the most common and severe is spinal cord injury. When a spinal cord injury leads to paralysis, the lifetime costs of treatment and ongoing care can be staggering, often totaling millions of dollars.
Fractured bones – Ninety-five percent of broken hips are caused by falls. When someone falls on an unsafe property, they often try to catch themselves, which is why falling is one of the leading causes of Colles wrist fractures. These injuries, along with knee and ankle fractures, typically require a long to time to heal and cause restricted mobility, which could mean diminished work capacity or quality of life.
Torn ligaments – Premises liability-related injuries sometimes include injuries to major ligaments, such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Fall-related ligament injuries typically occur in the knees, which means that a sufferer will have difficulty walking and encounter a long road to recovery.
Burns – Burn injuries may occur when hazardous property conditions lead to electrocution or exposure to flames and dangerous chemicals. These injuries are notoriously painful and expensive to treat. Burns also sometimes lead to permanent disfigurement, which is associated with serious psychological and emotional suffering.
Carbon monoxide poisoning – Property owners, especially those who are operating a business, should have detectors installed to eliminate any possible exposure to carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen in garages, hotels, offices and apartment buildings. In the initial stages of carbon monoxide poisoning, a person might exhibit flu-like symptoms; if there is prolonged exposure, they could suffer fatal injuries.
Internal damage – Internal injuries, such as internal bleeding or kidney injuries, are sometimes difficult to detect immediately after an accident, which makes them extremely dangerous. If not treated promptly, internal injuries can be fatal.
Wrongful death – When a property-related injury is fatal, surviving family members can file wrongful death claims to help cope with the financial consequences of their loss. These claims are vital for surviving family members because they help pay for outstanding medical bills, lost income and end-of-life costs.
Those are just a few examples of the suffering that can be caused by poorly maintained properties. The common thread is that they are expensive to treat, require a long time to heal and often lead to lengthy or permanent physical restrictions. Premises liability claims are a tool used by people who have suffered harm because of a negligent property owner or manager; with the help of a premises liability attorney, they may recover the extraordinary costs associated with this type of injury.
Premises Liability Cases Are Often Complex Matters
The law governing these claims is complex, and it favors the property owner. For this reason, retail stores, hotels, apartment complexes, and other large property owners often have procedures designed to document the incident in a way that gets your case thrown out of court before you ever reach a jury.
The Stoddard Firm knows how to prevail in these cases. The injured party must convince first the judge, and then the jury, (i) that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, (ii) that the property owner did not act reasonably in fixing or removing the danger, and (iii) that the injured person was not aware of the danger.
The Stoddard Firm knows how to keep your case from being thrown out of court. It typically requires hiring experts in building codes, life safety codes, mechanical codes, and fire codes. It also requires time-consuming investigations and numerous under-oath interviews of current and former employees. After all, defendants rarely admit that they knew about the hazard before the injury occurred. Many of these cases fail because the injured victim’s lawyer is either unwilling or unable to invest the time and financial resources required.
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Call our Atlanta Premises Liability Attorney for Help
If you or a family member was hurt due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, call the Atlanta premises liability lawyers as soon as possible. There is a statute of limitations, or deadline, for filing a lawsuit in Georgia that is generally two years from the time of the accident, and our premises liability attorneys will need time to investigate your case and interview witnesses and gather evidence while it is still fresh and available.
Matt Stoddard, the founder of The Stoddard Firm, began his career defending the world’s largest appliance manufacturers in serious injury and wrongful death product liability cases. That experience made him a strong legal strategist and litigator. He uses these skills now to deal and negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement and to argue on your behalf should a case go to trial. Our premises liability legal team will find all parties responsible and hold them accountable to win justice and fair compensation for your losses. We have an aggressive approach which, combined with personal attention, gets results. There are no fees until we win a settlement, so call us today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation at 470-467-2200.