Premises liability is one of the most frequent grounds for injury lawsuits in Atlanta. Unsafe premises lead to preventable accidents like slips, trips, and falls. Oftentimes, these injurious accidents come down to property owner negligence and breaches of legal duties. If you were on someone else’s property and sustained a personal injury like a bone fracture, don’t hesitate to contact the legal team at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP. We’re prepared to take your case to trial if necessary to secure the financial compensation your injuries and losses are due.
The data on premises liability accidents vary depending on what type of property element caused the injury. In our time in practice, we’ve handled dozens of property accident claims successfully throughout Georgia. Our team has won six- and seven-figure settlement awards for clients dealing with these types of claims. Here are statistics on three common causes of premises liability lawsuits:
These are just three of many types of premises liability accidents we’ve dealt with at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP. Our team has experienced the very real dangers of unsafe properties and negligent owners vicariously through our devastated clients. We work hard to understand all applicable state and city laws in Atlanta, and we use this knowledge to our clients’ benefit. We want to help you maximize compensation for these preventable accidents.
In one year alone, 29 million falls, seven million injuries, and an estimated $31 billion in healthcare costs occurred in the elderly population – people 65 and older – in America. The elderly aren’t the only people at risk for these accidents. Every year thousands of people sustain serious and fatal injuries from slips and falls. The long list of property-related hazards connected with these events include:
The circumstances surrounding slips and falls have almost endless variations – most of which trace back to someone’s negligence, carelessness, or wanton disregard for the safety of others. An individual could suffer serious injuries in a bad fall, such as broken bones, concussion, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and even paralysis. In some cases, victims never recover. If you suffered an injury or a loved one passed away because of a property element that caused a slip, trip, or fall, our attorneys want to hear from you. You may be the victim of one of the most common and harmful types of premises liability accidents in Georgia.
Shopping centers may seem relatively safe and mundane, but they can be hotbeds for property hazards. Atlanta shopping destinations such as Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, and Cumberland Mall have all been the settings of damaging accidents, from parking lot collisions to criminal acts. If something upsetting recently happened to you on a trip to a local shopping center, resulting in a personal injury or loss of property, talk to our attorneys. We have the ability to represent victims of all types of shopping center incidents, including those related to:
No matter what caused or contributed to your injuries on the property of an Atlanta shopping center, it is worthwhile to speak to our attorneys during a free consultation. Shopping centers owe their guests the highest standards of care. The law obligates them to keep their premises free from unreasonable hazards. Failure to do so, resulting in shopper injury or death, is the legal definition of negligence. Victims of shopping center accidents may be eligible for significant recovery from the store-owner, company, or an insurer.
Other common types of premises liability claims involve animal attacks, amusement park accidents, fires, floods, and exposure to toxic substances or chemicals. Georgia Code Title 51, Chapter 3 outlines what property owners must do to avoid liability for these premises-related accidents. The Code describes three different types of property visitors and the owner’s responsibilities to each:
The first step in determining whether or not you might have a premises liability claim is classifying yourself as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. This will decide what duties of care the property owner legally owed you at the time of your accident. From there, speak to an attorney and start compiling the elements of this type of personal injury claim.
The U.S. justice system unfortunately has a history of fraudulent premises liability claims – especially concerning slip and fall injuries. This has led to the establishment of certain elements the plaintiff or injured party must prove to receive compensation for injuries. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP help accident victims negotiate with insurance companies, and go to trial when necessary, to prove the authenticity and extent of damages. We can help you with the five main elements the law requires in these cases:
In Georgia, a defendant could potentially allege contributory fault, or the plaintiff’s own percentage of fault for the accident. For example, a property owner could state you contributed to your injuries in a slip and fall by not paying attention to where you were walking. In these cases, the plaintiff can still receive damages as long as the courts find him or her 49% or less responsible. The right team of attorneys can strive to combat the contributory negligence defense by proving the property owner had the majority of fault.
At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, our Atlanta personal injury attorneys have a wealth of experience representing clients injured in premises liability accidents. We understand the intricate laws regarding these claims and what injured victims need to maximize their odds of recovery. You can have total confidence and peace of mind that your attorney is representing your very best interests when you choose our firm. We have a long history of exceptional case results supporting every claim we make. To discuss your potential premises liability claim in Atlanta with a knowledgeable lawyer, contact us. Call in Atlanta at (404) 321-1700 or toll-free (800) 242-2962 for a free, no-obligation consultation today!