If your injuries occurred on someone else’s Brookhaven property, you may be able to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering due to your accident.
A premises liability lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers could help you show that the owner owed you a duty of care while on the property, their actions caused your accident, and they are now responsible for your damages.
Our Firm Can Help You Build a Premises Liability Case
If you were involved in an accident while on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries as long as you can show that the following points are true:
- The property owner or inhabitor owed you a duty of care.
- The property owner failed to meet this duty due to carelessness.
- This caused your accident.
- The accident resulted in injuries and losses.
A lawyer from our team can investigate the circumstances of your accident to look for evidence that fulfills the criteria. Then, they will use this evidence to negotiate for the money you are owed on your behalf. When we represent you, we will fight to get you the compensation you need and deserve to pay for your treatment and time away from work.
Establishing Duty of Care In Your Case
According to OCGA §51-3-1, property owners are responsible for maintaining your safety when you are legally on the premises. If you trespass, they do not owe you this same duty of care.
However, if you believe that you were legally on the property due to “express or implied invitation,” you may still have a case for pursuing compensation. A lawyer from our team can evaluate the case to identify evidence in support of your claims.
Demonstrating That the Property Owner Acted Negligently
Once we establish your legal status on the property, our team will need to show that there was a defective or hazardous condition on the land that caused your accident. Some examples of situations that can cause accidents are as follows:
- Icy and snowy surfaces
- Uneven walking surfaces (cracked sidewalks, uneven ramps, etc.)
- Wet and slick surfaces (caused by leaks, spills, and weather)
- Inadequate security (if the lack of security allowed a crime to happen on the premises)
- Inadequate lighting (especially in stairwells or places where someone could trip)
- Inadequate maintenance (falling objects, exposed wire, toxic chemical and gas leaks, dangerous equipment, etc.)
Although some of these conditions can arise due to no fault of the property owner, such as accumulation of ice and snow, that does not absolve them of their duty to keep you safe. They need to remedy the dangerous condition in a reasonable and timely manner. Otherwise, they may be held liable for any accidents and injuries that result from their neglect of the property.
Connecting Your Injuries to the Hazardous Condition
Once we can show that the owner’s negligence caused a dangerous situation, our firm will need to show that you were injured because of this. We can prove your injuries through witness testimony and medical records. These will attest not only to how you were hurt but also the extent and lasting impact of your injuries and treatment.
You may be able to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from injuries like:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken hips and other fractures
- Contusions and lacerations
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord and nervous system injuries
- Internal injuries
- And many others
Proving That You Incurred Financial Losses
Once we establish your injuries and their connection to the property owner’s actions, we need to prove what those injuries have cost you. Only then can you recover economic and non-economic damages to compensate you for these losses.
This can include money for your past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, physical pain, and mental and emotional suffering. If you lost your loved one, you might be able to recover damages for your loss and their final expenses.
For a free legal consultation with a premises liability lawyer serving Brookhaven, call (404) 888-8888
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Premises Liability Lawsuit
The statute of limitations (timeframe in which you can bring a lawsuit) in premises liability cases depends on whom you are suing for negligence. Therefore, it will vary depending on your specific situation.
The Time Frame for Suing a Private Individual or Business
According to OCGA §9-3-33, the statute of limitations for bringing a personal injury lawsuit is generally two years from the time you sustained your injuries.
This means that you usually have two years from the accident on someone else’s property to file your lawsuit against a private individual, individuals, or business.
The Time Frame for Suing the Government
According to OCGA §50-21-1, Georgia has waived its sovereign immunity, which normally protects government entities from civil lawsuits. This waiver affects the timeframe in which you can file your lawsuit.
If you are filing against the state of Georgia or a Georgia county, you have one year from the time of your accident to do so. If you are suing a city in Georgia, you only have six months. Time is of the essence—if you are ready to discuss your case, don’t wait to get started.
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To receive your free consultation and learn more about how your Brookhaven premises liability lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can fight for you, call us today at(404) 888-8888.