Property owners in Columbus, GA have a duty to ensure their properties are free of hazards. If the duty was breached and as a result, you sustained an injury, a premises liability lawyer at The Shrable Law Firm in Columbus might be able to file a lawsuit for you to seek compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
Whether you were injured in a public place, such as a park, shopping mall, or store, or in a private area, such as an office building or personal residence, a premises liability lawyer in Columbus GA, can inform you of what your rights are under Georgia state law.
If either you or a relative was injured in a recent premises liability accident, fill out our case review form to receive your free case evaluation. There is a time limit set by Georgia law for when a premises liability lawsuit can be filed. Therefore, it is critical to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
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What Are Some Of The Common Injuries That Occur In Columbus Premises Liability Cases?
Premises liability cases refer to injuries that occur on another person’s property. There are many different types of accidents that this area of the law covers. However, there are some types of accidents that happen more often. The most common kinds of accidents that we see in the Columbus area include the following:
- Tripping on an unmarked step or an uneven surface
- Slipping and falling on a surface that is wet
- Faulty railings or stairs
- Children injured when playing in an area that is unsafe
- Struck by a falling object
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Structural failings that result in injuries
This is not an exhaustive list of injuries. Any injury that you have sustained on another person’s property or at a business can be considered as a premises liability claim. Speaking to an attorney is the best way for you to find out.
In A Premises Liability Case, Who Is Responsible For Injuries?
The property owner in most cases is considered to be legally liable for injuries, and they will be covered by the owner’s insurance. That is because all property owners are required to exercise reasonable precautions in order to keep people safe when they are on their property.
There are four facts you will need to establish in order to prove your claim:
- An unsafe condition was present on the property
- The property owner knew about this condition or should have been aware of it if they were taking care of the property properly
- The owner did not remove or fix the hazardous condition, and also did not warn you properly about it
- Your injury was caused by the unsafe condition
Whenever you establish these four conditions, the property owner will be considered to have been negligent. That means if the property owner had been more careful you would not have been injured. They are liable for the costs of your injury due to their negligence.
In some cases, a tenant, property manager, or contractors working on a property might be the negligent party and can be held liable also. We will help determine which party is liable and build the strongest case possible for you.
What If a Child Was Injured in A Place They Should Not Have Been?
When given the chance, children often will play in unsafe or abandoned areas. This that an adult would see as clearly dangerous – such as an empty swimming pool, half-finished building, or deep pool – might look exciting and enticing to children. If your child has been injured, it is very important to understand that he or she is not the one at fault here.
Adults have better judgment than children do. For this reason, property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe for children as well as for normal adult use. All potential hazards need to be secured to that children cannot injure themselves or enter. For example:
- Unused areas such as drained pools need to be locked and fence. The fence needs to be high enough so children cannot easily climb over them.
- Hazards such as an open pit or well should be covered with something that cannot be opened or lifted by a child.
- Construction sites need to be fenced to prevent children from entering the area.
What If The Injury Occurred At A Neighbor Or Friend’s House?
We frequently hear from clients who have been injured, or a child was injured, when they were at a neighbor or friend’s house. These clients are often struggling with medical bill expenses as a result of their injuries, but they don’t want to accuse a friend or family member of wrongdoing or damage their relationships. Feeling this way is only natural, but it is also very important that you receive the care that you need – and to not be stuck with bills for things that were not your fault.
Fortunately, you don’t need to accuse a friend or relative of doing anything wrong. When a claim is filed it is between the insurance company and you. Your friend or relative will not need to pay any money out of their pocket. It isn’t even necessary for them to be aware of the claim’s details.
What If I Was Injured At Work?
You have the same rights at work that you do anyplace else in Columbus, GA. If you were injured at your workplace, you can file a worker’s comp claim. Worker’s compensation is insurance that your employer pays that covers 100% of the expense of any injuries that occurred in the workplace.
We here at Shrable Law Firm can help you determine whether you have a regular premises liability claim or a worker’s comp claim, and ensure you get the full amount of compensation that you deserve.
How Much Time Do I Have To File A Columbus Premises Liability Claim?
Local Columbus, GA courts follow very strict deadlines that are set by both federal and state law. Those deadlines are referred to as the “statutes of limitations.” If your claim is not filed before the appropriate deadline, then you will lose the right to recover compensation for your injuries.
The exact deadline will depend on your case’s details. In certain cases, you will have up to a maximum of two years from the date that your injury occurred. However, in many cases, there is a shorter deadline and you need to take action within weeks. That is why we strongly recommend that you talk to our personal injury law firm as soon as you can.
Contact Premises Liability Lawyers at the Shrable Law Firm in Columbus Today
If either you or a relative has been injured in a recent premises liability accident, call The Shrable Law Firm to get your Free Consultation scheduled. You also can fill our free case review contact form out or use our chat service to learn more about what you might be eligible for.