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PREMISES LIABILITY

 

Injuries to patrons, visitors, tenants, employees and other individuals can occur as a result of a deliberate act or as the result of the negligence of a property owner or manager.

When someone is injured as a result of negligence (i.e. unsafe property or building conditions), they may have a right to make a claim for their damages against the owner of the property. Some typical conditions that cause injuries include:

  • broken or cracked sidewalks,
  • slippery or wet floors,
  • falls on escalators and elevators,
  • unprovoked dog bites and attacks,
  • exposure to hazardous chemicals or toxic materials at work or in the home,
  • failure to warn of a property's hazardous, dangerous or unsafe condition, including acts of violence by third party strangers to the premises.
 
     
Personal injury victims are entitled to file claims against businesses and individuals who are negligent in their legal duty to provide a reasonably safe condition of property or at a minimum provide an adequate warning that conditions may be unsafe. Negligent property owners can be responsible to pay the victim damages that may include medical expenses including allowances for future medical expenses and care, pain and suffering, loss of current and future wages, and many other damages suffered by the victim.  
   
Claimants and victims have to keep in mind that not everyone who is injured will be successful in their claim. The injured person must prove that the property owner was negligent or failed in their duty to maintain reasonably safe premises, warn of dangers or dangerous conditions that they were aware existed, or that they should have known existed.  
   
 

NEGLIGENT SECURITY

Assault, rape, murder and robbery, gun shots, knifing are crimes against individuals, families and society. The criminal justice system calls for serious punishment of the offender. The crime is against the State. Victims of crime can also file personal injury lawsuits against their assailants and other responsible parties, including the owner of the property. Once liability is established, not only can the offender who is directly responsible for a person's injuries be required to pay for the damages suffered by a victim, the landowner as may also be required to pay adequate compensation to these victims.

 
     
 

Thousands are injured every year due to property owners and managers who fail to provide adequate security . Building owners and management are responsible for providing adequate security to their visitors, customers, tenants and employees in:

  • Retail stores
  • Schools and universities
  • Parking lots
  • Businesses
  • Hotels
  • Clubs & Arenas
  • Apartments
 
     
  If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, please call Kaufman Law, P.C. at toll free (800) 488-4833 or contact us online. The initial consultation is free. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if we recover money for you. Contingency Fees are lawyers' fees. Costs and other expenses usually must be paid by the client. Contingency fees are not allowed by the State Bar of Georgia in all cases. Our firm's practice is to Advance all costs and expenses and be reimbursed from the proceeds of the case. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive any of your rights.  
     
     
 
 
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