What is Premises Liability?
Any time you legally visit someone’s property or business, you should be able to travel through the property without being hurt or injured. Premises liability is a branch of personal injury law that holds the property owner legally responsible if they fail to provide a safe and hazard-free environment.
If you believe someone’s negligence resulted in you being hurt while on their property, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. Continue reading to learn more from the Atlanta personal injury legal team at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP about premises liability.
Understanding Premises Liability
Georgia’s premises liability laws define the duties of the property owner based on the status of the visitor. Visitors to a property can be typically divided into the following three classes:
An invitee is someone the property owner has granted permission to come onto the property. In most instances, invitees are customers, family members, neighbors, and friends. Anytime you are invited to come onto a property, the landowner must provide a safe environment without hazards. If you are injured, the business owner or property owner may be held liable for damages.
A licensee is anyone who has the landowner’s implied consent to be on the property, but is on the property for their own purposes. Licensees can be classified as:
- Having no contractual agreement with the owner of the property;
- Someone allowed to visit the property for their own gratification, convenience, or interest.
One common class of licensees are sales professionals. With licensees, the landowner will have a lesser duty to warn this party of any hazardous or dangerous conditions.
Trespassers are those who are not invited or authorized to be on the properly. In most cases, the property owner will have little to no duty to warn trespassers of possible dangers.
Common Premises Liability Cases
Premises liability can include a wide array of situations and scenarios. Some of the most common type of premises liability cases are slip and falls.
If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover your medical costs and other expenses. Other examples of premises liability claims are:
- Defective conditions on the premises
- Dog bites
- Accidents at swimming pools
- Fires or burn injuries
- Chemicals and toxic fumes
- Flooding and water leaks
- Escalator and elevator accidents
- Assaults or injuries as the result of inadequate building security
- Ice and snow accidents
Contact an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured at a business or someone else’s property because of their negligence, an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney may be able to recoup your costs and damages through a premises liability lawsuit. Contact the law office of Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP for a free consultation with one of our Atlanta personal injury attorneys.