Premises Liability Attorney
Premises Liability Attorney; Understanding Premises Liability, Alpharetta, GA.
If a person is injured due to the unsafe or defective condition on someone’s property, the legal concept of premises liability comes into play, and the victim has a right to file a personal injury case. An Alpharetta premises liability attorney at Singleton Law Firm can help you file the case or claim to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.
Most personal injury cases arise from acts of negligence, and premises liability cases are no exception. If the injured person can prove that a property owner or manager was negligent concerning ownership and/or maintenance of the property, he or she will win a premises liability case.
Negligence of property owner
In general, negligence arises out of the property owner’s failure to exercise ordinary care to avoid injury to other people or damage to their property. However, remember that being injured on someone’s property doesn’t always constitute an act of negligence on the part of a property owner.
Further, a property that might have in an unsafe condition when you were injured doesn’t automatically prove property owner’s negligence. You must prove that the property owner failed to take the necessary steps to remedy the situation even after he or she knew or should reasonably have known that their premise was unsafe.
Types of Premises Liability Cases
A Premises Liability Attorney handles different types of personal injury cases that fall under the category of premises liability cases. They include:
- snow and ice accidents
- dog bites
- slip and fall cases
- poor/inadequate maintenance of the property
- inadequate security leading to assault or injury
- defective conditions on the property
- escalator and elevator accidents
- chemicals or toxic fumes
- swimming pool accidents
- flooding or water leaks, and
- amusement park accidents.
The list (above) shows that a wide range of scenarios can lead to premises liability cases. In dog bite cases, for instance, the presence of an aggressive dog creates an unsafe condition on someone’s property. For that reason, they fall under the umbrella of premises liability.
Examples of Premises Liability Cases
Below are some types of premises liability cases:
1. Slip and Fall
They’re the most straightforward premises liability cases that occur when a person slips (trip) and falls on someone’s property. The following conditions can lead to slip and fall accidents that form the basis of premises liability cases:
- accumulation of ice or snow
- oily floors
- wet floors
- unsecured carpets or rugs
- hidden extension cords
- defective staircases
- thresholds, and
- broken or loose stairs, floors, steps, or sidewalks.
2. Inadequate Building Security
These cases are common in offices or apartment buildings. Property owners must ensure people have secure access to their buildings. However, they must act reasonably.
That’s why security guards or doorkeepers are usually often stationed on the first floor of large apartments building and offices while tenants of small apartment buildings are generally required to lock their front and back doors.
If someone breaks into a building (or walk in through an unlocked window or door) and kills or assaults, the victim or their family may file a premise liability case/claim against the property owner or manager. They must prove that the owner of the building failed to take the necessary steps to secure the property.
3. Swimming Pool Accidents
They occur in an unsecured and unsupervised pool and usually involve children. That is why most state and municipal laws and ordinances require fences around swimming pools, often with a locking gate. You may file a premise liability case against a person who leaves their pool open and unguarded if a tragic accident or death occurs.
Premises Liability Attorney
Are you looking for an experienced and reputable premises liability attorney, Alpharetta? Call Singleton Law Firm today at (770) 889 6010 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney.