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Why do we fall? According to Alfred from Batman Begins, so that we can learn to pick ourselves up.

While this advice might be inspiring for Hollywood films and applicable for minor falls where the only harm done is a bruised ego and a little red-faced embarrassment, this insight oversimplifies the serious obstacles you might encounter in the aftermath of a moderate or severe slip and fall accident—starting with the catastrophic, long-term or permanent injuries you can suffer.

Whether you were seriously injured in a slip and fall, bit by a dog, attacked in a parking lot or otherwise hurt while on public or private property, our Atlanta premises liability attorney can help you pick up the pieces of your life by securing financial compensation for your injuries and damages from the property owner or occupier. We can depose witnesses, gather critical evidence, consult with experts and negotiate with the defendant or their insurance company to secure the best possible outcome for you and your family.

Property owners in Georgia have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of visitors and guests. Let us start by calculating the full value of your claim, then we’ll explain how we plan to hold negligent individuals, businesses and entities accountable for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages as a result of an accident on their property.

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Types of premises liability cases

Though slip and falls are by far the most common type of premises liability case, other claims can be filed as a premises liability lawsuit. In fact, under Georgia’s premises liability law, any injury victim can sue the owner or occupier of property if they negligently caused the accident—or failed to fix or warn about unsafe conditions which led to a serious injury or death.

The term “premises liability” describes a wide area of law that holds a property owner accountable for injuries or damages that arise as a result of unsafe conditions on the owner’s property. Premises liability law sets legal standards for property owners to make a reasonable effort to maintain a safe environment for visitors.

Some of the most common examples of premises liability cases include:

Slip and falls: the most common premises liability claim

One of the many things that makes slip and fall accidents particularly challenging is the stigma surrounding such events. Young or old, folks often get embarrassed when they slip and fall or trip and fall, despite the fact that everyone falls down sooner or later. Sadly, this shame often prevents injured individuals from reporting the accident to a property owner or their employer, and victims frequently blame themselves for being “clumsy,” “uncoordinated” or “having two left feet”—even though the real cause of the accident is the property owner’s negligence.

Common causes of slip and fall accidents

In many slip and fall cases, a property owner’s negligence contributed to the incident. Some of the most common causes of slip, trip and fall accidents on public and private property, as well as in the workplace, include:

● Wet, icy or slick floor

● Improper or worn footwear

● Insufficient lighting

● Loose rug

● Torn carpeting

● Cracked sidewalk or flooring

● Ground clutter

● Broken or uneven steps

● Unsecured ladders or scaffolding

● Stray wires or cords

Common slip and fall injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the death rate for falls in the U.S. increased by 30 percent between 2007 and 2016 among older Americans. Regardless of your age, a slip and fall can result in catastrophic and permanent injuries, including:

How to win a premises liability case

A serious injury can put tremendous financial stress on an individual or family. In fact, in 2015, medical expenses alone totaled more than $50 billion for falls—and that didn’t include the subsequent costs associated with a serious injury. While health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid can help offset some of these medical costs, you may need to consider filing a premises liability lawsuit to recover compensation for additional damages like lost work income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and more.

The key to successfully establishing fault and securing damages in a premises liability case in Georgia is determining the legal status of the visitor who was injured on the property. In Georgia, invited guests are afforded more rights than uninvited trespassers. From a legal perspective, visitors can be classified as:

Invitees

An invitee is someone who was explicitly invited by the property owner or occupier onto the property, or whose invitation was implied for lawful purposes and to the property owner’s benefit. Examples of invitees include customers of a restaurant or store, event attendees and concert-goers, hotel and theme park guests, as well as residents of apartment complexes and their guests. Property owners owe invitees the highest standard of care to protect them against unsafe conditions and hazards.

Licensees

A licensee is someone who is permitted to enter the property for their own benefit, not necessarily to the benefit of the property owner or occupier. Examples of licensees include utility workers, unannounced and unexpected house guests, party guests and visitors to rental properties. Under Georgia law, property owners or occupiers have a duty to exercise “reasonable care” in protecting licensees from harm while they are on the premises, though this standard is not as strict as it is with invitees.

Trespassers

A trespasser is anyone who enters the property without a legal right. Aside from burglars and thieves, other examples of trespassers include someone who hunts on private property without getting permission from the property owner or someone who enters a construction site after hours. Property owners are not usually liable for a trespasser’s injuries, though there are exceptions—such as if the trespasser is a child, or if the property owner willfully harms the trespasser in a way that isn’t justified (i.e. “death traps” or “booby traps”).

In addition to determining the visitor’s classification, you must clearly prove liability (or fault) in your premises liability claim by establishing that the following 4 elements of negligence are true by a “preponderance of evidence” (which means by more than 50 percent):

Georgia follows a modified comparative fault system, which means that your damages can be reduced or eliminated altogether if you are found to be partially or fully responsible for your injury. For example, if you sue a landowner for $100,000 but are found to be 40 percent liable, your final award would be reduced to $60,000. This legal principle is commonly brought up in premises liability cases since visitors have a legal duty to use reasonable care in protecting their health and safety.

For this reason, it’s vital you consult with an experienced premises liability lawyer near you as soon as possible to talk about your potential case.

Meet your Atlanta premises liability lawyer

Julian Lewis Sanders founded The Law Offices of Julian Lewis Sanders and Associates in 2003. The firm proudly serves Atlanta and the surrounding communities of Georgia in personal injury law.

“Growing up in a military family, I learned the importance of dedication and honor early, which established a foundation for my eventual
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If you would like to learn more about filing a premises liability lawsuit against a public or private property owner in Atlanta, then you’ve come to the right place. The team at Julian Lewis Sanders & Associates is standing by to answer your questions and help you determine the next best steps.

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