Our Atlanta premises liability lawyers can help you obtain compensation and justice if you or a loved one was harmed due to unsafe conditions on another party’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 if you suffer injuries 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 a premises liability lawsuit.
Georgia laws regarding premises liability are complicated, and property owners will often try to place the blame on the injured party. However, the Atlanta premises liability attorneys at The Stoddard Firm can help. We will deal with the insurance company on your behalf, handling all legal hurdles involved with winning your case while you concentrate on your recovery. Call us today for a free case evaluation at 470-467-2200 to get started.
What Our Premises Liability Lawyers Can Do For You
Managing the Legal Process on Your Behalf
When you are injured in an accident that occurred while you were out and about, on another’s property, you may be confused about how you should react. After all, you are likely in physical pain and worried about your future. We all know that medical treatment is costly, and you may be unable to work while you recover. In some serious cases, your ability to return to work in the future may be jeopardized.
The premises liability lawyer at The Stoddard Firm can help you move forward. After all, if your accident was the fault of another person or organization, should you be responsible for all of your expenses? The short answer is no, absolutely not!
By law, you may be entitled to compensation including economic, non-economic, and perhaps even punitive damages.
These would be obtained through a premises liability lawsuit. That said, you probably have no idea how to move forward.
When you engage us, you can rest assured that we will handle your case from start to finish. Among the services we provide include thoroughly investigating your situation, accurately accounting for your losses, completing and filing all legal forms, and negotiating and litigating on your behalf. Basically, we do everything so you can focus your attention on your recovery.
As a trusted personal injury lawyer in Atlanta, we are ready to stand by your side. We do not back down from difficult situations, and we take the responsibility of representing you seriously. Contact us today at 470-467-2200 to learn more about how we can support you.
Why Choose Our Premises Liability Attorney
Experience, Approach, and Reputation for Success
Choosing an Atlanta premises liability attorney to handle your case is important. The right attorney makes a difference when it comes to maximizing your settlement. The Stoddard Firm is uniquely positioned to serve you. We have specific experience, a detailed approach, and a reputation for success. The combination of these three makes us the firm of choice for individuals and families who have suffered an injury on another person’s property.
Specific Experience: Premises liability cases are governed by specific guidelines. Our premises liability lawyers in Atlanta have an in-depth knowledge of Georgia law and are well-versed in managing cases through the local court system. Our founding attorney, Matt Stoddard, has years of experience representing individuals in their premises liability cases.
Detailed Approach: We understand that each situation is unique, and we know just how important these slight differences can be to the success of your individual case. Our approach to service is built upon paying attention to the little things. Each of our clients is provided with highly personalized service. We take the time to understand all aspects of what happened to you, and we manage your case from beginning to end. You can rest assured that we will pay attention to everything and will leverage our knowledge on your behalf. Our clients frequently refer us to their friends and neighbors. We are always grateful for these referrals and incredibly proud of the fact that our clients have taken the time to share about their experiences working with us.
Reputation for Success: For years, our Atlanta premises liability attorneys have been serving the local community. Our reputation for quality service is well-known, and our successes are well-earned. Our ultimate goal is to maximize your settlement, getting you the compensation you need and deserve.
We are confident in our abilities and ready to go to work for you immediately. Reach out to us today at 470-467-2200 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to learning more about your situation and explaining how we can best serve you.
Understanding Premises Liability Cases
Common Locations of Potential Premises Liability Cases
There are a few common situations that lead to premises liability cases. If you suffered injuries in any of these types of situations, please contact us to discuss your particular situation and gain a better understanding of how you should move forward.
Slips and Trips in Aisleways at a Store: As visitors to stores walk through the buildings, the aisles need to be clear of debris, boxes, and slippery liquids. Any type of debris could lead to a fall, which may result in head injuries, broken bones, or facial trauma.
Proving the store was negligent for failing to keep common walkways free of tripping hazards can be challenging. They may clean things up after your injury, leaving little evidence behind. Our trusted lawyer for a slip-and-fall accident knows how to dig up the facts in the case, whether that’s watching security camera video or interviewing witnesses, to strengthen your claim.
Swimming Pool Accidents: When a business or individual owns a swimming pool, they must secure it. Failure to do so could result in negligence if someone enters the pool area and suffers an injury or an inadvertent death.
Pools are “attractive nuisances,” meaning they’re enticing to children, even if the kids don’t know how to swim. Because many kids don’t understand the dangers of a swimming pool, their curiosity may lead them to jump into the water, leading directly to a dangerous situation. Small children may wander near the pool for a look, fall into it, and drown in only a few minutes.
If the pool owner failed to install non-climbable fencing, a gate alarm, and a heavy-duty pool cover, this could be a sign of negligence, giving you the ability to file a personal injury or a wrongful death case.
Assaults in Public Places: When attending a concert at an arena or shopping at a local mall, you have an expectation that you will remain safe from possible assaults and similar crimes. The owner of the property or the sponsor of the event must have adequate security personnel in place to provide this protection.
If you are the victim of an assault, robbery, or another type of crime at the property, it’s possible that negligent security is to blame. Our trustworthy premises liability attorneys in Atlanta and Decatur are ready to investigate the case and determine whether you have a claim.
Dog and Animal Bites: When a dog owner violates Atlanta municipal code regarding leashes and fencing, allowing a dog to run at large, this can be a sign of negligence if it leads to someone’s suffering an injury from a bite. Dangerous dogs can cause significant injuries that result in both emotional and physical trauma.
Premises Liability Damages
If you have been injured on another party’s property, you are likely wondering what type of damages you may be entitled to receive. In Georgia, you may be awarded several types of damages:
Economic damages: These are damages to which a specific monetary value can be attached. They include but are not limited to emergency and ongoing medical care, surgical fees, prescription medications, and lost past, present, and future wages.
Non-economic damages: These harder-to-quantify costs include pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and disfigurement.
Punitive damages: Less commonly awarded, these damages are appropriate when the negligence was extreme. These are awarded as a form of punishment. Your premises liability lawyer can review your case and let you know if punitive damages are even an issue in your case.
It is likely that your settlement will be a combination of these types of damages.
Our trusted team will provide advice about whether we feel you should accept this negotiated figure, but the final decision in the case always rests with you.
We bring the same level of preparation and focus to our negotiations with the other side as we do when facing them in court. Our ultimate goal always will be to win the settlement amount you truly deserve, even if that means going to trial.
Victims of premises liability accidents are often overwhelmed. The combination of recovering from their injuries and determining how to move forward is a lot to manage. Of course, they have a host of questions. Below we have shared some of those which are most frequently asked of our firm, along with our attorney’s answers.
How long do I have to file my premises liability case in Atlanta?
Premises liability cases in Atlanta must be filed within 2 years of the date that you were injured, according to Georgia’s statute of limitations. That said, you really want to engage our premises liability attorney quickly in order to maximize the time we have to work on your case.
Does negligence play a role in premises liability cases?
Georgia Code § 51-3-1 holds property owners responsible for keeping their properties safe in a variety of instances. If you were injured on another’s property, you would need to show they were negligent, which entails proving duty of care, breach of duty, cause of injury, and damages.
My computer was damaged on another person’s property. How long do I have to file a claim for property damage?
Our premises liability attorney can also help you recover costs for your damaged property. The statute of limitations for this in Georgia is four years.
What does It cost to hire your premises liability lawyer?
We work on a contingency fee basis. This means that clients do not pay us anything ahead of time to secure our services. We do not receive any payment until the end of the case after we reach a satisfactory settlement in your favor. We receive a percentage of the final settlement amount. If we don’t win a settlement for you, you don’t owe us anything.
How much is my premises liability case worth?
Without knowing more about your specific case, it is impossible for us to predict what it may be worth. Every case is unique, and those differences play a big role in determining the settlement amount. Some cases involving minor injuries settle for a few thousand dollars. Cases with significant injuries could represent a six- or seven-figure settlement.
We hope the information shared above is helpful. That said, we are well aware you may have a number of additional questions.
Contact us today at 470-467-2200 to schedule a consultation with our premises liability lawyer in Atlanta. During this meeting, we can learn more about your situation and provide more specific information.
Premises Liability Cases
Common Causes of Premises Injuries
Property owners, both residential and commercial owners, have a duty to protect visitors from the possibility of harm. If a property owner does not perform regular inspections of the property, this can result in an accident that leaves you injured. Some of the types of cases where regular inspections could prevent injuries include:
Broken concrete sidewalk
Broken wooden or concrete stairs
Unmarked holes in the ground
Slipping on puddles or spills
Wrinkled or unsecured rug
Tripping on debris in a walkway
Bite from a loose dog
Swimming pool accidents
Elevator or escalator accidents
Structural building failures.
Our trustworthy premises liability attorneys know how to look for information in these types of cases that show how and why negligence occurred.
How Our Premises Liability Lawyers in Atlanta Determine Whether You Have a Case
If you are unsure whether you have a premises liability case, here are the elements that we would need to prove:
Injury: You need to have a doctor’s diagnosis of your injuries to begin a personal injury case. Additionally, you must prove that your injuries occurred as a result of the accident.
Negligence: You must show that the property owner knew about the hazard that led to your injury and that they failed to repair or provide a warning about it.
Ownership: You must show that the negligent party owns, leases, or occupies the property where you were injured.
Meeting the filing deadline: Your claim must be filed within two years of your accident.
Our reliable team can help you with all of these items, using our extensive knowledge of personal injury law to deliver the desired results.
The Stoddard Firm Is Ready to Serve You
Providing Reliable Service
Ultimately, our premises liability attorneys in Atlanta and Decatur can help you determine the strength of your case. We study the facts and interview witnesses to your accident that show why you deserve the award we’re seeking.
You can count on our premises liability law firm to represent you to the best of our abilities. As a general rule, The Stoddard Firm typically maintains a small load of active cases, which allows us to spend the time and effort required to give you the best possible service.
”Cannot say enough about The Stoddard Firm. Top notch. Professional, responsive, knowledgeable. Everything you want in a law firm. Highly recommend.” – Steve Barney (Google Review)
Attorney Matt Stoddard
Matt Stoddard is a professional, hardworking, ethical advocate. He routinely faces some of the nation’s largest companies and some of the world’s largest insurers – opponents who have virtually unlimited resources. In these circumstances, Mr. Stoddard is comfortable. Mr. Stoddard provides his strongest efforts to his clients, and he devotes the firm’s significant financial resources to presenting the strongest case possible on their behalf. Matt understands that his clients must put their trust in him. That trust creates an obligation for Matt to work tirelessly on their behalf, and Matt Stoddard does not take that obligation lightly. [ Attorney Bio ]
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Get Help From Our Atlanta Premises Liability Lawyer
If you or a family member was hurt due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, call our reliable Atlanta premises liability lawyers as soon as possible. We take an aggressive stance when dealing with opposing lawyers, helping you win the best possible judgment.
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. This experience makes him a strong legal strategist and litigator. He leverages these skills to deal and negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement. He also has litigation skills that extend into the courtroom, should a case go to trial.
Our ultimate goal is to win justice and fair compensation for you. We understand that you are going through a difficult time in your life, and we appreciate your placing your trust in our team. We take that responsibility seriously. Additionally, there are no fees until we win a settlement, so call us today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation at 470-467-2200.