DIFFERENT KINDS OF PREMISES LIABILITY CASES
There are a variety of personal injury claims that are generally referred to as “premises liability” claims. Any case that involves an injury caused by an unreasonably unsafe or defective condition on someone’s property will be governed by Georgia premises liability laws. Some of the more common types of premises liability cases include:
- slip and falls
- dangerous or defective conditions
- inadequate maintenance
- inadequate or negligent security
- water leaks or flooding
- elevator and escalator incidents
- dog bites
- swimming pool accidents
- amusement park accidents
- chemicals and toxic fumes
GEORGIA PROPERTY OWNERS’ VARYING DUTIES OF CARE
In Georgia, mere ownership of property does not render the owner liable when someone is hurt on his or her property. Georgia law divides visitors to property into three different categories: invitees, licensees and trespassers. The landowner’s duty of care is different with respect to each of these types of visitors.
An invitee is someone who enters onto another’s land with express or implied permission to do so. Georgia landowners and occupiers have a statutory duty to their invitees to exercise ordinary (or reasonable) care in keeping the premises and approaches safe.
A licensee is one who has the landowner or occupier’s permission (express or implied) to enter the property, but is doing so for his or her own benefit. The owner or occupier of property in Georgia owes a lesser duty to licensees as compared to invitees. They will generally only be held liable to licensees for knowingly letting them encounter hidden dangers, or for willful and wanton conduct resulting from an unreasonable risk of harm.
A trespasser is a person who enters another’s property without authorization to do so. Georgia landowners and occupiers have a minimal duty to trespassers to avoid willfully or wantonly injuring them.
CONTACT A GEORGIA SLIP AND FALL LAWYER TODAY
The premises liability laws in Georgia regarding the claimant’s status as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser are complicated, and cases are often won or lost on the question whether the person injured was an invitee or licensee. The defenses available to the owners and occupiers of land (and their insurers) are equally complex. If you or a loved one were injured on someone else’s property in Georgia, and you have questions about a potential premises liability claim, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The premises liability lawyers at the Athens Injury Law Group have handled many claims involving slip and fall accidents and other dangerous conditions in Georgia. Call them today at 706-559-0159 or contact them here.