Were You Injured on Another Person’s Property? Your 3 Biggest Questions Answered:
The definition of premises liability can cover many types of situations that cause injuries. To put it simply, if you are injured on another person’s property as a result of the property owner’s failure to maintain that property, you might have a negligence claim for damages. One of the most common types of premises liability cases are slip and fall injuries at retail stores, but premises liability is certainly not limited to this.Injured on Someone Else’s Property
When Is A Property Owner Negligent?
A property owner is negligent when he or she has failed to exercise reasonable care in maintaining a property. This means taking the care that a reasonable person would to make sure the property is safe. To prove negligence in a premises liability case, the injured party must prove that the dangerous condition that existed on the property is something the owner knew about or should have known about.
This is where it can get a little difficult. Is it possible to prove a property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition? Yes, but it is almost always necessary to hire a lawyer who has experience with premises liability cases in order to do so. A property owner is expected to regularly inspect his or her property for dangerous conditions that may arise. A good lawyer will thoroughly investigate the situation and determine if the property owner really was negligent in his or her maintenance of the property. It must be determined that the injury was foreseeable, and that any reasonable person would have noticed there was a dangerous situation on the property.
What Are My Responsibilities as a Guest?
You must be alert and observant of your surroundings. If an injured party knew about the danger before becoming injured, the property owner may not be held negligent. If a grocery store employee is cleaning the floor, for example, and puts up appropriate warning signs that a store patron ignores, the store likely will not be held responsible for an injury sustained if that customer slips and falls.
In Georgia, the motivations of the injured party on the property are examined. An invited guest to the property must prove that the property owner failed to exercise reasonable care in maintaining the property. An injured party who was not expressly invited, but allowed onto the property, must prove that they were willfully and wantonly injured. A trespasser faces proving this burden as well.
Should I Seek Medical Treatment if I was Injured?
If you were injured as the result of a slip and fall or any other premises liability incident, you should seek medical treatment if you are truly hurt. It never helps to try to obtain treatment for non-existent injuries, but if you think you really might have hurt yourself, you should get checked out by a doctor. You don’t want to wait too long before seeking treatment. If you are seriously injured, you should go to the hospital right away. If you are sore and stiff and the pain persists after a day or so, it is a good idea to see a doctor.
Slip and fall injuries can cause neck and back injuries, cuts and bruises, and even broken bones. Head injuries can also occur from these types of incidents. Elderly people are more likely to sustain serious injury from a fall. Medical bills for such treatment can quickly become very expensive, and if you are injured as the result of negligence on the part of a property owner, you owe it to yourself to contact an experienced injury lawyer to see if you might be able to pursue a negligence claim. If an owner failed to safely maintain a property and you were seriously hurt, you have the right to recover compensation for your medical bills and your pain and suffering.
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