What is Premises Liability?

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2019 | Firm News |

Premises liability falls under the umbrella of personal injury law and covers injuries that occur on another person or entity’s property due to defective or unsafe conditions. To win these types of cases, your attorney must be able to prove that the property owner or manager acted negligently by failing to properly maintain the property, which ultimately resulted in the accident that caused your injuries. That said, just because you were injured on another person’s property does not mean you have a viable premises liability claim. Make sure you consult with an experienced premises liability attorney to discuss the details of your case and find out if you could be eligible for compensation.

To give you a better idea of what a premises liability case entails, we compiled a list of some of the most common types of premises liability cases:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Dog bit injuries
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Flooding or water leaks
  • Elevator or escalator accidents
  • Toxic chemicals and fumes
  • Insufficient security and lighting

A Duty of Care

Generally, visitors of a property can fall into one of three categories: licensees, invitees, and trespassers. In a premises liability case, an invitee is an individual whom the landowner gave either implied or express permission to enter the property. Oftentimes, invitees are neighbors, friends, or relatives. Landowners are obligated to exercise care and to ensure the property is reasonably safe for invitees to visit.

Licensees are usually those who enter the property for their own purposes, such as salespeople. In these cases, a landowner must only warn the licensee of any dangerous conditions that might yield an unreasonable risk of harm if he or she is aware of it or if the licensee would not be able to discover it alone.

Lastly, trespassers are not owed any duty of care from the property owner unless they are children. Landowners must exercise reasonable care to prevent any foreseeable risks of injury to children that might occur due to manmade features, such as swimming pools, on the property. Features on one’s property that might potentially lure in and cause injuries to children are referred to as “attractive nuisances.”

Speak to an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney in Atlanta Today!

If you sustained an injury on someone else’s property you might be eligible for compensation that could cover the cost of your medical expenses, lost wages, and more. At Pratt Clay, LLC in Atlanta, our premises liability team will review the details of your case and build a strong case on your behalf to ensure the responsible party is held liable.

Let us be your voice and fight for you. Call us today at 404-566-9460 to schedule a free consultation with one of our trusted attorneys.