Businesses, such as retail stores, have a duty to keep their customers safe when they visit their premises. If they fail to do so and a customer is consequently injured, the customer could file a premises liability lawsuit against the business to recover compensation. If you slipped and fell in a store due to dangerous or hazardous conditions and sustained injuries, you should consult with an experienced attorney to learn more about your legal options.
How Does Premises Liability Law Work?
Just because you are injured on someone else’s property does not necessarily mean you have a viable premises liability case. However, reasonable safety measures should be taken to protect customers.
Here are some examples in which premises liability law can protect injured customers and visitors:
- Slippery floors: Leans and spills should always be quickly addressed and cleaned up. If it is not possible to clean a spill immediately, the area should be marked with a sign that alerts customers to the danger, so they can avoid it.
- Inadequate lighting: When areas are not properly lit, customers and visitors can easily trip, slip, and fall. If it is apparent that the lighting in a business is inadequate or a light fixture is broken, the business owner should address it immediately to prevent unnecessary accidents.
- Damaged carpeting: Torn or damaged carpeting and flooring can cause someone to trip and fall. If it results in injuries, the customer could file a lawsuit against the property owner for this hazard.
Elements Involved in a Premises Liability Case
In order for a business owner or property owner to owe a duty of care, the visitor must be an invitee or a licensee. Invitees are usually those who have been given either implicit or express permission to enter the property for the mutual benefit of both parties, such as a customer. A licensee, on the other hand, is an individual who has permission to be on the property for his or her own benefit, such as an employee.
In order to have a successful premises liability case, injured customers will usually have to prove the following:
- There were unsafe conditions on the property
- The business owner or property owner knew about, caused, or should have been aware of the dangerous conditions on their property
- The business owner or property owner failed to do anything to address, block off, or alert customers to the dangerous condition
- As a result, of the unsafe conditions, you sustained injuries
Contact an Atlanta Premises Liability Attorney Today!
Property owners have a duty to take reasonable measures to ensure their property is safe and does not pose a risk to the safety and well-being of their customers. If you slipped and fell in a store or other place of business and sustained injuries, contact the Atlanta premises liability attorneys at Pratt Clay, LLC for the fierce legal advocacy you deserve. Our team will fight on your behalf for the compensation you need.