Georgia Premises Liability Lawyer
When you go shopping, visit a friend, or otherwise venture out into public, you likely do not think twice about whether or not it is safe. But when property owners or managers fail to take reasonable precautions, they can create dangerous conditions for visitors.
For example, workers at a construction site might leave cables, lumber, or nails on the ground where others can trip over or step on them. Spills at grocery stores and restaurants are slip-and-fall hazards. You can trip because of uneven floor or carpet that a property owner or manager did not fix. Or maybe you were walking to your car in a poorly-lit apartment parking lot and suffered an assault. All of these examples fall under premises liability law.
Georgia law states that property owners and managers have a legal obligation to prevent harm. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury because of an unreasonable danger on someone else’s property, Georgia premises liability lawyer Charles Scholle and his team of legal professionals at Scholle Law are here to help.
The insurance company that covers the property on which you were injured will likely try to deny liability or otherwise limit the amount of compensation they pay out. We are here to help you get the full compensation you deserve. Call us at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our team is available 24/7 to take your call.
Georgia Law on Trespassing Children
Like the laws of many other states, Georgia law treats a child trespasser differently than an adult trespasser. Under the attractive nuisance doctrine, special precautions must be taken to protect children who may trespass onto a property because they are attracted to a certain feature on the property, such as a well or abandoned car, and could therefore injure themselves.
According to a 1982 Georgia Supreme Court ruling, the following conditions must be met to bring a lawsuit under the attractive nuisance doctrine:
1. The property owner or manager knows or should have known that children are likely to trespass; AND
2. The property owner or manager knows or should have known (or foreseen) that the feature in question involved an unreasonable risk of death or injury to children; AND
3.The child is too young to understand the risks involved with trespassing or interacting with the feature in question; AND
4. The effort needed to eliminate the danger is outweighed by the risk to children; AND
5. The property owner or manager failed to exercise reasonable care to protect children from the risks of the attractive nuisance.
It is important to note that this ruling typically does not apply to dangers that are normally understood by children. This includes the dangers of fire, water, and falling from heights. For instance, if a child trespasses to swim in a public or private pool, and they are injured doing so, the owner or manager of the property may not be held liable.
These laws and precedents can be confusing, to say the least. That is why it is so important to speak with a Georgia premises liability lawyer if you or a loved one is injured or killed on someone else’s property.
Speak to a Georgia Premises Liability Lawyer Today
Being injured on someone else’s property presents a host of complex legal issues. For example, most premises liability claims require that you show that the property’s owner or occupier knew or should have known of the unreasonable danger and had time to correct it or warn visitors, but did not do so.
Often, the victim must rely on a theory of constructive notice, meaning the property owner or manager reasonably should have known about the danger. After all, they are unlikely to admit they knew about the hazard.
Another challenge in many premises liability claims is that Georgia law will reduce the victim’s recovery by the amount of the victim’s own fault for their injury (under the comparative negligence doctrine).
The victim must also show that they were taking reasonable care to guard their own safety.
These challenges are exactly the ones that Charles Scholle and the experienced team at Scholle Law are ready to help you overcome. We will fight for every penny you deserve for your losses.
Call us at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Georgia premises liability attorney. Our team is available 24/7 to take your call.