Athens Slip & Fall Premises Liability Injury Attorneys
Justice for Your Injury
The owners of stores, apartment buildings, and other properties have a duty of care to their visitors. When that duty is neglected, the consequences can be devastating.
You should never have to bear the burden of someone else’s negligence or noncompliance. With 39 years of experience, Montlick has a track record winning the settlements slip and fall victims need to get back on their feet.
Get the Money You Deserve
When an accident upends your life, a stressful battle for your financial compensation lies ahead. Fortunately, you don’t have to fight alone. Montlick takes charge of our clients’ cases and fights fiercely to put the maximum money in their pockets.
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Taking Slip & Falls Seriously
We know people tend to downplay the severity of slip, trip and fall injuries. Not us. We take your pain seriously, and we’re here to help fight for the compensation you deserve.
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Whatever your slip, trip or fall case looks like, a Montlick attorney will review it at no cost. An experienced personal injury attorney can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened in your case to determine your legal options and a path forward.
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Athens Slip, Trip & Fall Injury Lawyers
We Take Slips, Trips, and Falls Seriously
We all know that mildly embarrassing feeling of tripping over our own feet. Sometimes, a trip-and-fall is simply an accident that isn’t anyone’s fault. However, the story changes when hazardous conditions on a property cause injury and pain.
A dangerous condition on someone’s property that results in an injury to someone else can be grounds for a personal injury claim. These types of claims fall under the category known as “premises liability.” The world of product liability is extremely complicated. That’s where we come in. We can fight on your behalf so you can receive the money you deserve to heal from your injury.
Athens, GA Premises Liability Injury Attorneys
Who is Responsible?
In Georgia, an “owner or occupier” of land can be liable for damages to an injured person if they fail to “exercise ordinary care in keeping the premises and approaches safe.” This protection applies to anyone entering the land for a “lawful purpose” including, by way of example, visitors or customers in a shop or tenants in an apartment building. If a person is trespassing, the landowner owes a much lower standard of care, although there are exceptions. For example, minors trespass can be treated differently than adults depending on the circumstances.
A rule referred to as “superior knowledge” creates liability in cases where the owner has more knowledge about a dangerous condition than people entering the property would, and yet fails to remedy the dangerous condition or warn people of its existence.
Some examples of premises liability claims include a person falling because of a slippery floor or a broken stair. The property owner also has a duty to warn of high voltage areas, and to prevent heavy objects, such as light fixtures or pieces of ceiling, from falling on someone’s head. In what are known as “negligent security” cases, a property owner can be held liable for the violent criminal actions of other people on the property. For example, a hotel located in an area where violent crimes are frequently committed normally has a duty to take safety precautions for its guests.
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Even if you’re partially at fault, you could still be entitled to compensation.
Could I Be At Fault for Not Being Careful Enough?
Often, there is more than one cause of an accident. Perhaps the floor was slippery, but you were in a hurry and that was part of the reason that you did not notice the state of the floor. Even further, your speed contributed to the severity of your injuries.
In Georgia, if you were part of the cause of your own injuries, you can still recover from a negligent property owner so long as a court finds you to be less than 50% at fault. This is because Georgia practices a modified form of what is called “comparative negligence.” Under the modified comparative negligence doctrine, an injured person who is 20% responsible for his or her injuries can still collect 80% of the damages. In a claim worth $100,000, this would mean you could collect $80,000 from the property owner. However, if you are 50% or more liable for your own injury, you cannot collect anything under Georgia law.
Free Legal Advice
If you’ve been hurt in a slip, trip or fall accident on someone else’s property and you’re not sure what to do, start with Montlick. Our attorneys will review your situation and advise you on your legal options at no cost.
Experience is Everything
Our attorneys have been handling premises liability claims in Athens, Georgia for 39 years, and we know how quickly evidence disappears in these types of cases. For example, camera footage can be erased, witnesses may move out of the state, and negligent employees of property owners may change jobs. This is why immediate preservation of evidence in such cases is so important. Our premises liability attorneys work hard on behalf of each injured client in order to document their injuries and pursue their claims. Injured victims can be entitled to medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, punitive damages in some cases, and more.
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Georgia’s Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims
In Georgia, the statute of limitations generally gives injured individuals two years to file a claim following the accident that caused the injuries. If a slip and fall leads to a death, then the family is normally allowed two years following the death of the individual to file a claim. However, there are exceptions to these deadlines, making them potentially longer or shorter, so a free consultation with a Montlick attorney is always your best way forward.