If you suffered injuries while visiting a public or private premise in Smyrna, we can help. Whoever owns or operates the premises is required by Georgia law to ensure it is free of safety hazards. If they fail to live up to that requirement and causes your injuries, you can seek damages. A Smyrna premises liability lawyer can help.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers has been fighting for Smyrna personal injury accident victims since 2008. We founded our firm to advocate for people who are suffering because of someone else’s negligence. When you’ve been hurt in an accident you didn’t cause, you deserve a legal team who will demand accountability from the negligent party.
How a Smyrna Premises Liability Lawyer Can Help You
Many people may not know this, but simply being injured while visiting private or public premises is not automatically entitle the injured party to damages. You must meet a specific legal standard for negligence in Georgia before you can demand damages. Georgia law requires you to demonstrate four specific elements, which are:
- Duty of Care: Every owner or operator of a property in Georgia has a legal responsibility to make sure the premises are reasonably safe and free of hazards that they know, or would reasonably be expected to know, might cause injury to anyone visiting the premises.
- Breach of Duty: The duty of care responsibility is always in effect, and you must be able to show that the owner or operator of the premises where you suffered injuries breached their duty of care in some way.
- Cause: The next step is to demonstrate that the breach of duty of care by the owner/operator of the premises was the cause of your injuries.
- Damages: Finally, your attorney must be able to demonstrate that you have suffered financial or non-financial damages because of your injury.
Breach of duty of care is considered an act of negligence. It does not have to be an intentional or willful act that led to your injury. Simply failing to take adequate steps to keep their premises safe may be grounds for you to demand damages. The premises liability attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers have proved negligence and damages on behalf of our clients in numerous cases through our evidence-gathering process.
What Kind of Evidence do you Need?
There is no shortage of potential evidence that could demonstrate negligence in a premises liability case. Examples of that evidence include:
- Eye-witness testimony
- Video footage of the incident (e.g., private surveillance)
- The previous safety record of violations similar to the one(s) that caused your accident and injury
- Medical records
- The existence of potentially harmful conditions that were not remedied prior to your visit
Our team will examine every aspect of your injury in minute detail. If we discover a breach of duty or negligence at the root cause, we will have the legal right to demand damages on your behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a premises liability lawyer serving Smyrna, call (404) 888-8888
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What Kinds of Hazardous Conditions Qualify as Negligence?
Owners and operators are expected to promptly identify and remedy any condition that could potentially threaten the safety of a visitor to the premises. Examples of those hazardous conditions include:
- Wet floors without proper signage advising visitors to be cautious
- Obstructed hallways or staircases
- Cracked sidewalks or walkways
- Poor lighting in publicly accessible areas
- Falling items (e.g., this is especially common in construction sites and buildings under renovation)
Who Is Responsible in Premises Liability Cases?
It doesn’t matter if the owner/operator of the property didn’t know the hazard existed. They have an affirmative legal duty to proactively search for these hazards and remedy them before an injury occurs. That’s why the property owner bears the ultimate responsibility for what takes place on the property.
However, if they have rented the premises to another party, such as a homeowner, private business, or even a government agency, there may be shared liability. In a case such as that, we may pursue both the property owner and their tenant. If there was a management company involved in operating the premises, we may also pursue them for damages along with the property owner and the tenant.
As our client, the most important thing we want you to know is your attorney will follow the evidence to the liable party (or parties) in your case, regardless of where it leads. Our mission is to fight for your right to compensation, not get caught up in a game of “it wasn’t my fault” between the responsible parties.
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What Are Damages in a Premises Liability Case?
Damages in a premises liability case is a legal term that covers any losses you may have incurred or other harm that was done to you in your accident. Georgia law allows accident victims to demand two different types of damages. First, there are financial damages, which are the total dollar value of any monetary losses caused by the accident. Examples of financial damages include:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Any continuing physical therapy or ongoing care needed to assist in healing from your injuries
Non-economic damages compensate you for harm that isn’t directly financially related but would still warrant compensation. For example, if you are no longer able to coach your son’s little league team because you suffered a severe arm industry or your quality of life has been harmed by chronic pain due to the accident, we would seek non-economic damages.
How Much Is Your Case Worth?
The value of your case depends on the severity of your injuries, the cost of treating them, and the degree of non-economic damages your injury caused. These totals can vary significantly with every case.
With this in mind, we suggest the best way to get an estimate of the value of your case is to come to our office and talk to an attorney in our premises liability section. We offer free consultations, which are also confidential. The first thing we want to do is help you; if we can earn your business after our consultation, that’s a win-win situation for us.
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Our Premises Liability Lawyers Want to Fight for You!
Nobody ever expects to be hurt when they visit someone’s home, business, or a public building. But it happens every day. If you’ve been hurt on a trip to anyone’s premises, and you believe negligence was the cause, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is here to help. More importantly than that, we’re here to fight for you to get the compensation you deserve. Call us today, and let us fight for your right to demand damages.