Anytime you visit a home, private business, or public space in Savannah, you naturally expect the owner or operator to take reasonable steps to ensure public safety. Unfortunately, the sad truth is this does not always happen. If you have been hurt after a visit to any premises in Savannah and you believe negligence by the owner or operator caused the accident, you may be eligible for compensation. A Savannah premises liability lawyer can help.
The attorneys at Kaine Law are experienced advocates for victims. We believe negligent property owners should be held accountable when people get hurt. You do not have to endure the aftermath of an accident by yourself. You have the right to demand damages; more importantly, we want to help you fight for that right.
What is Premises Liability Negligence?
Whenever a property owner, renter, or business invites the public onto their premises, they have specific legal responsibilities. Georgia law requires them to proactively remedy potential dangers or take prompt, affirmative steps to cure potential hazards. This is known as a “duty of care.” If the property owner does not exercise this duty and an accident occurs, victims could pursue damages.
With that said, simply making a damage demand does not mean you will collect them. You must prove the other elements of Georgia’s negligence standard before you have legal grounds to demand damages. Those elements are:
- Demonstrating the property owner did not honor their “duty of care” obligations
- Proving that this failure caused you to suffer injuries
- Showing that these injuries caused you to suffer economic harm or incur non-economic damages
Types of Accidents that Result in Premises Liability
It is unfortunate that many properties have dangerous conditions that can cause injury accidents. Examples of these dangers include:
- Swimming pools
- Potential fall hazards (e.g., wet floors, worn or torn carpet, cracked sidewalks)
- Exceeding maximum occupancy standards
- Falling items (at construction sites or retail stores where items may fall from shelves)
- Smoke detectors or other safety alarms that malfunction or fail to alert building occupants when a hazard is present
- Poor construction quality
Please remember this is only a partial list. If you do not see the condition that caused your accident listed here, one of our premises liability attorneys can still fight for you.
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How a Lawyer Can Help Your Premises Liability Claim
The most important thing a premises liability attorney can help you with is proving that negligence by the property owner or operator caused your injuries. We do this via an extensive process of gathering evidence that includes:
- Finding and interviewing witnesses to your accident
- Requesting documents from the owner/operator, such as inspection records and proof of compliance with city, state, and municipal regulations
- Reconstructing the circumstances that caused your accident and demonstrating where the negligence occurred
After the evidence-gathering process, we will represent you for the remainder of the legal process. First, we will compile the total damages caused by your accident and formally demand damages on your behalf. Then, we will represent you in settlement negotiations with the property owner/operator and their insurance company.
Through this process, we will treat you with the care and compassion that an injured client deserves. We will ensure that you are always aware of where your case is in the legal process and that you understand our next move. We will fight your case in court if settlement negotiations are not fruitful.
Who is Liable in a Premises Liability Case?
In most situations, the property owner will bear the ultimate responsibility for injuries on their premises caused by breaching their duty of care. However, other parties can also be legally responsible for your injuries. For example, a business owner or even a private citizen who rents their premises have similar obligations to keep the property safe for visitors.
There could also be cases where we hold the property owner and tenant financially accountable in a premises liability case. The same might apply to a property manager or management company hired by the owner. We will follow your case evidence and isolate anyone whose negligence contributed to your accident. Then we will demand damages from them all.
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Recoverable Damages in a Premises Liability Lawsuit
The attorneys will demand compensation for any economic damages caused by your injuries. Examples of these can include the following:
- Medical bills related to your accident
- Cost of repairing any personal property damaged in the accident
- Reimbursement for lost wages or other earnings
- Reimbursement for ambulance, airlift, or other transportation to a primary care facility
Although money is an important part of life, it is not the only part of your life that will suffer if you are hurt. That is why Georgia also allows us to demand compensation for your non-economic damages. Non-economic damages include mental anguish or pain and suffering after an accident.
How Long do I Have to Demand Damages?
It is essential to make your demand for damages before the statute of limitations expires. Per O.C.G.A § 9-3-33, you have two years from the date of injury. It gives accident victims enough time to recover and compile their total damages.
In most situations, you will lose your right to demand damages if you do not make the demand within two years. You will not have to worry about this if you are a client. Our premises liability attorneys will be sure to file your case timely.
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Determining the Liability of Your Premises Liability Case
The potential value of your case is contingent on the total sum of your economic and non-economic damages. The facts of your case, and your total damages, are unique. If you would like to get our opinion on the potential value of your case, reach out to our office.
We offer free case consultations to all prospective clients. It is part of our commitment to your well-being. It would be our pleasure to give you the information you need to make the best possible decision about moving forward.
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Discuss Your Case with a Savannah Premises Liability Attorney Today
Kaine Law is here for you. We understand that no one likes legal bills, especially if they want to collect damages for an injury they did not cause. That is why our Savannah premises liability lawyers will handle your case for no upfront money.
You will only be billed for our representation if we win your case. We will not charge you if we do not win or settle. We want to make it easy for you to hold a negligent property owner accountable. All you have to do is call.