Atlanta Premises Liability Lawyer
Each year, thousands of people suffer serious injuries and even death from unsafe conditions that were unknown to them. Companies must take steps to ensure that their customers are safe when visiting business locations.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a legal doctrine that requires businesses, landowners, and operators to protect guests from known risks. Businesses must take steps to inspect their property and to eliminate or mitigate any risks that might exist. For example, a grocery store must take steps to ensure that aisles are kept clear of spilled liquids or other debris. This could mean routinely inspecting aisles, preventing customer access to areas where a spill has occurred and cleaning the spill as quickly and safely as possible.
Who Must Landowners or Operators Protect?
There are three basic categories of visitors that landowners and operators must take certain steps to protect.
- Invitee: Anyone who has been invited onto a property is considered an “invitee”. Landowners and operators have to take reasonable steps to maintain safety on the property. The landowner or operator must also warn and/or repair known dangers. Finally, the landowner or operator must inspect the property to discover if unknown dangerous conditions exist.
- Licensee: A “licensee” is someone who enters the property for his or her own purpose and is present at the consent of the landowner or operator. In this case, the landowner or operator must ensure safety on the property by repairing and/or warning of known dangerous conditions that are not obvious to a licensee. Unlike with invitees, there is generally no duty to inspect for dangerous conditions.
- Trespasser: Someone who enters the property without the landowner or operator’s consent is known as a “trespasser” and the landowner or operator only has to warn of known dangerous conditions if the landowner knows that his land has frequent trespassers.
No matter who you are, a landowner or possessor likely owes you some level of care. Therefore, it is important to get medical attention after an injury and then to seek legal help.
Could Poor Security Give Rise to a Premises Liability Claim?
Negligent security can be categorized as a type of premises liability claim. Negligent security may arise when a landowner or possessor knows that their property is subject to criminal activity and fails to protect guests from the security risk.
One example of negligent security leading to a premises liability claim could stem from a parking garage incident. If a parking garage has been the location of recent robberies, then the parking lot owner must take steps to protect guests. This can mean hiring security guards, installing surveillance cameras, and/or adding additional barriers to the entrance.
No matter what your injury or how you were injured, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you contact an experienced personal injury attorney, the sooner evidence can be located and preserved, and the sooner the legal process can begin.
Why Work With Ponton Law?
We believe that we are the very best at what we do. Over the past five years, we have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. Atlanta attorney James Ponton has been recognized as one of the top young lawyers in Georgia and named a Georgia Rising Star by Atlanta Magazine and the Super Lawyers Magazine in 2010, 2014-2016. Please contact us online or call Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507 so we can discuss your case with an Atlanta premises liability lawyer.