Georgia Premises Liability AttorneyRequest Free Consultation
Property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe for guests. When property owners fail to keep their premises safe and do not take necessary safety measures, guests can become victims of crimes and injuries – that could have been otherwise prevented.
If you were injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a premises liability or negligent security case and recover compensation for your injuries. Contact a premises liability lawyer at Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP to find out more about your legal options. We can answer your questions during a free case consultation.
Understanding Negligent Security and Premises Liability Cases
What Is Premises Liability?
Under Georgia’s premises liability law (O.C.G.A. 51-3-1 (2010)), property owners are required to keep their “premises and approaches” safe. If they fail to keep their premises safe, injuring someone on their property, the injured person may be able to recover compensation through a premises liability case.
Property owners can be held liable, or legally responsible, for any injuries that occur on their property. For example, if you suffered a brain injury from a slip and fall accident on a poorly maintained property, contact our Georgia brain injury lawyers who will help hold the property owner liable and work to recover compensation.
What Is Negligent Security?
A property owner also has a duty to protect people on the property from third-party criminal activities. Negligent security falls under premises liability law. In a negligent security case, a property owner failed to take sufficient security measures on their property – causing someone to become a victim of a crime.
Who Does the Property Owner Owe a Duty to?
A property owner only owes a duty of care to an “invitee” – anyone who was either expressly or implicitly invited on their property.
Negligence is when one person fails to exercise appropriate care in a situation, resulting in another’s harm.
To bring a premises liability case, you must prove that the property owner was negligent, resulting in your direct injury and losses. To prove this, you and your premises liability lawyer must show the following four elements of negligence in a premises liability case:
- The property owner had a duty to keep their premises safe.
- The property owner breached this duty by not warning you of the hazardous condition or refusing to fix it.
- The breach of duty resulted in your direct harm or injury.
- The injury resulted in damages – or losses that you can be compensated for.
Georgia law also requires that the property owner had actual or constructive knowledge of the potentially hazardous condition. Actual knowledge is something they knew and had seen while constructive knowledge is something they should have known about but did not.
To bring a negligent security case, you must show that the property owner was negligent in their security requirements and that their failure to provide this security directly resulted in your injury and losses.
Contact a Premises Liability Lawyer for Help
There are many facets of a premises liability and negligent security case. An experienced attorney is well-versed in premises liability law. Our Georgia personal injury attorneys can help you navigate the legal process with more ease and understanding, investigate your case and prove liability. To find out more about how we can help, contact Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP.
Call (833) 644-1899 to schedule a free case consultation at no cost and no risk.