Injuries that occur on another person's property are far too common. These may include slips, trips or falls, food poisoning, infections, inadequate security, lead poisoning, construction defects or construction hazards, swimming pools, ponds and lakes, elevators, escalators, fires, explosions, exposure to hazardous materials, farms and animal bites. Often, such injuries are caused by the negligence of another person. If you have been injured while on another person's property, you may be able to file a claim against the property owner or manager if their negligence resulted in your accident.
Premises liability cases, often referred to as slip and fall accidents, can be very complex and often difficult to prove. A thorough understanding of the ever-changing and fact-specific laws regarding the various and numerous incidents that result in premises liability is essential to successful legal representation.
In Georgia, merely owning or occupying land does not make that person liable for injuries sustained on the property. There must be some form of negligence on the part of the owner (or occupier) of property before there can be any premises liability. In order to understand the duty owed by an owner (or occupier) of land, it is necessary to understand the difference between the owner of the property and the occupier of the property and their relative liability. Likewise, it is necessary to understand the three different types of people who may be on the property. This is true because the degree of responsibility owed by an owner or occupier varies according to the status of the person who is injured. These types of persons are categorized as either invitees, licensees, or trespassers.
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, please call 770-982-1800 or e-mail one of our attorneys right away. There is no charge and we would be glad to discuss your case.
Mason & Associates, P.C. has offices in Atlanta and Lawrenceville and accepts cases in all of Georgia’s 159 Counties including: Barrow County (Winder), Clarke County (Athens), Cobb County, Dekalb County (Lithonia, Stone Mountain), Fayette County, Forsyth County, Fulton County, Hall County, Henry County, Gwinnett County (Snellville, Lilburn, Duluth, Norcross, Grayson), Newton County, Oconee County, Paulding County, Rockdale County (Conyers), Walton County (Loganville and Monroe).