Businesses are required to make regular inspections of their premises, and keep their property safe for patrons. If there is a dangerous condition on the property that causes someone to get hurt, the business usually has insurance to settle with the injured person, or to defend the case if it is necessary to sue the business. Sometimes the danger is “static” or permanent, like a curb stop at the end of a parking space that isn’t lined up with the space, or a seam in pavement that is uneven, or a drainage grate below ground level with no warning. Or injury may be cause by a temporary condition like ice, or a wet or slick floor. Sometimes the hazard is in the dangerous way the building, parking lot, or landscaping is designed. If you were injured at a business property we can investigate and evaluate who is responsible, and then help you seek recovery of medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering resulting from the injury.
Private homeowners may also be responsible for injuries to people on their property, but their duty is only to warn of hazards known to the homeowner. So for example, if they know their dog bites, but fail to warn someone entering the yard where the dog is loose, then their homeowners’ insurance may compensate for injuries or defend against lawsuits that result. Letting a dangerous animal run loose may also result in the owner being liable if someone is bitten.
It is usually important to act fast in premises liability cases. Ideally your lawyer will be able to take photographs and gather evidence immediately, before the dangerous condition is altered. We know what needs to be done now to make a strong case later if it ends up being argued to a jury down the road. Don’t delay. If you have been seriously hurt on someone else’s property, or by a dog that belongs to a homeowner, call us for a free consultation.
The Law Office of David W. Hibbert
2302 Brockett Road, Suite C
Tucker, GA 30084-4455