All property owners have a legal duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition, whether that property is residential or commercial. They must take steps to ensure that people who use the property are safe from any danger of injury or illness. If their efforts fall short of their legal duty, they can face liability for any injuries that others experience while on their property.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries on property belonging to others in Macon, a premises liability lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you determine your legal rights.
What Kind of Compensation You Could Get for Your Injuries
No matter how your injuries occur, you may have a claim against the property owner, store owner, property manager, or other parties who have care and control of the property. If a dangerous condition existed that the owner failed to remedy or warn you about, you may have a claim for compensation stemming from your injuries.
The most obvious item of compensation in premises liability cases is medical expenses that you incur as a result of your injuries. These expenses may include the costs of:
- Emergency medical services
- Home health care
Compensation also may cover expenses for assistive medical devices, such as wheelchairs or walkers, and modifications to your home or vehicle to accommodate permanent impairments.
If your injuries cause you to miss time at work, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your lost wages. In some cases, your injuries may prevent you from permanently returning to work, which may make you eligible for compensation for loss of future earnings or loss of earning capacity.
You also might qualify for the costs of retraining for a different job or vocational rehabilitation.
Other Forms of Compensation
Other items of compensation will vary according to your circumstances. Available damages may include physical pain and suffering, mental or emotional suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
You may be eligible for compensation for your inability to engage in activities or hobbies that your injuries now prevent you from doing.
For a free legal consultation with a premises liability lawyer serving Macon, call (404) 888-8888
How You Will Afford to Hire a Premises Liability Lawyer
We know that after an accident, you are dealing with many unexpected expenses, including medical bills that you may continue to accrue for a significant time—or even permanently. We want to help you without contributing to your financial concerns. As a result, we provide legal representation for injury victims on a contingency basis.
Working on contingency means that you pay us nothing upfront to retain our legal services. We receive no fees until and unless you receive compensation for your injuries. If you receive no compensation for your losses, we receive no compensation for our services.
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How You Know If You Have a Premises Liability Case
Most premises liability cases are based on negligence or the failure of the property owner or others who control the property to keep the property safe for the benefit of others.
Property owners exhibit negligence, or a careless disregard for the safety of others, when they know or should know that a dangerous condition on the property exists that could harm others. In the commercial context, property owners are negligent under OCGA §51-3-1 if they fail to fix the condition or adequately warn people of the potential hazard.
Some common examples of incidents that might lead to premises liability cases include:
- Broken, cracked, or uneven floors or stairs
- Liquids or other substances spilled on floors
- Falling merchandise or debris
- Property owners who fail to restrain their dogs, resulting in bites to others
- Swimming pools, trampolines or other attractive nuisances that property owners leave easily accessible to children
- Property owners knowing that crimes occur on the property but failing to take additional precautions to protect others
Potentially Liable Parties
Premises liability can occur in any case where property owners, managers, or others fail to take reasonable steps to make their property safe (and people suffer injuries as a result). When negligence leads to these injuries, the injury victims may have claims for compensation.
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What a Lawyer Can Do For You
Premises liability cases may be complex, with multiple potentially liable parties to identify and disputes about whether negligence directly caused the injuries. A
premises liability lawyer from our firm can investigate the circumstances that led to your injuries and determine the identity of any possibly liable parties. We also can gather evidence to support your case and work to negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
When you are injured and preoccupied with medical treatment, pain, and unexpected medical expenses, you may feel overwhelmed by these legal matters.
We can protect and pursue your legal rights while you focus on what is most important⸺your medical care and recovery. You can rely on us to move your case forward and begin the process of negotiating a settlement in your case.
How Long You Have to Pursue Your Premises Liability Case
OCGA §9-3-33 provides that injury victims generally have one year from the date that they suffered their injuries to pursue their premises liability cases. This strict legal deadline or statute of limitations is critical to your ability to claim compensation for your losses.
If you fail to meet this deadline, you likely will miss your chance to get any compensation for your injuries or to hold negligent property owners accountable for their wrongful conduct.
The Macon premises liability lawyers at our firm are dedicated to helping injury victims like you seek justice for losses. We hold property owners and other negligent parties liable for failing to maintain their property and keep others safe. We offer legal representation that you can rely on while you concentrate your efforts on recovering from your injuries.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for the Legal Advocacy You Need
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888 to learn more about the services we can offer you.
We can investigate the conditions that led to your injuries, assess the liability of all relevant parties, and work to pursue compensation for your injuries. Call today for a free case review with a member of our team.