Property owners have certain obligations when it comes to the safety of their land and those who visit it. Lawful visitors to an establishment or piece of property have a right to expect that they will be safe if they behave in a reasonable fashion.
At Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC, our premises liability attorneys can help if you've suffered a significant or catastrophic personal injury as a result of a property owner's negligence. We've fought for innocent victims across the Atlanta area, and we can do the same for you.
If you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area and you want to speak to our experienced premises liability attorneys, please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today at 404-760-7400 for a free consultation.
What is A Premises Liability Case?
Many people, when they consider premises liability claims, think of simple slip-and-fall cases. These are real, legitimate claims, and people suffer real injuries from them. But at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC, our premises liability lawyers help those who have suffered significant injuries.
A poorly maintained or protected property can result in an innocent victim being robbed, assaulted or even killed. These are rare cases, but they do occur, and we stand ready to help when they do. Our premises liability lawyers have also helped clients hurt by:
- Defective wiring producing electrical shocks
- A lack of fire protection, such as smoke alarms and fire extinguishers
- Insufficient security, leaving visitors vulnerable to criminals
This negligence can result in innocent people suffering significant injuries. These injuries cause pain and suffering, but they also carry with them huge medical bills that need to be paid by someone.
Who Can File a Premise Liability Claim?
Victims of serious injury incurred on someone else’s property may be entitled to file a premises liability claim. The parents of minor children who are injured while on someone else’s property may also be entitled to file suit.
The best way to learn if your accident qualifies you for legal action is through a confidential and free consultation with an experienced premises liability attorney.
Who can be sued in a premise liability case?
Our premises liability attorneys don't think that someone should be you when you're the victim of a property owner's negligence and misconduct. We can pursue claims against:
- Apartment complexes
- Major stores and shopping centers, such as malls
- General contractors and electricians
Is There a Limited Time After the Incident to File a Premise Liability Case?
In Georgia, you have two years from the date of an accident to file a premises liability claim. Waiting, however, is never a great idea.
Establishing liability in these cases often requires an investigation. This process becomes more complicated when too much time has passed. Contacting an attorney as soon as you are injured can help you avoid the worst of these complications.
How Long Does It Take to Settle a Premise Liability Case?
Personal injury cases can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few years to settle. Much of this depends on the complexities of your case and the severity of your injuries. Cases that go to trial will take longer than those that settle in mediation.
Selecting a personal injury attorney with sufficient experience and a proven record can help to speed the process, but even a skilled lawyer cannot rush a settlement.
What Is the Typical Settlement Payment for a Premise Liability Case?
Studies have found that the “average” personal injury settlement is between $3,000 and $75,000. There are several variables in these settlements, however, and it is extremely difficult to guess what a claim may be worth until it has been assessed by a qualified attorney.
Each personal injury claim is unique. While there are settlement calculators available online, these do not consider all factors and are often very misleading. Your lawyer will be able to give you the most accurate idea of the payment you can hope for.
Most claims involving an attorney result in a higher settlement than those that are handled by insurance alone. This is the case both for claims that go to trial and for those that are settled prior. Before you allow an insurance adjuster to decide what your injury is worth, talk to an attorney to get a better understanding of your options and your rights.
How Is Compensation for a Premise Liability Case Determined?
Damages available in a personal injury claim may include:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Ability
- Personal Pain and Suffering
Insurance companies typically use a formula to determine how much an injury is worth. An attorney will instead look at all of the ways an injury has impacted your life – physically, emotionally, and financially – and fight for a settlement that is consistent with your damages.
You are encouraged to discuss your case with an attorney before you accept an insurance settlement. Once you have accepted an insurance payment, you are no longer entitled to seek compensation through legal action.
Ready to Take The Next Step? Contact Us.
Whatever the circumstances of your case, don't hesitate to arrange a free consultation with our firm. We will discuss the severity of your injuries and help you determine if we are the right firm for your premises liability case.
If you've been hurt in the Atlanta, Georgia area and you want to speak to an experienced premises liability attorney, please contact Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today for a free consultation