You expect a building or structure to be safe when you visit it. When we enter a store, an office building, or any other publicly open facility, we are typically thinking about issues other than having to avoid hazards. There are times, however, when property owners and operators fail to maintain a premises and such failures create dangerous conditions. These conditions can include wet floors which lead to slips, the failure to secure items which may then fall, and more. If you or a loved one have been injured by a property operator’s failure to maintain their premises than you have options. Richard Summers is an Atlanta slip and fall lawyer who handles a wide range of matters involving premises liability. Richard has been practicing law since 1978 and our firm prides itself on providing a high level of representation. Contact us today to speak with a personal injury attorney. We handle matters throughout Georgia.
Premises liability attorney assisting Atlanta residents who were injured on someone else’s property
Those who own and operate commercial properties are required to ensure that their premises is reasonably safe for the public. Someone who falls, or who is otherwise injured, on another’s property may be able to recover damages if they can show that the operator did not take reasonable steps to make the property safe and that failure is what led to the accident. A victim will generally have up to two years, from the time of the accident, in which they may file a case. Whether the operator took “reasonable steps” is a very fact specific question which can involve complicated legal issues.
The first step in a premises liability case is for the victim’s lawyer to identify all of the possible defendants. These parties can include the property owner, any management company they may have hired, sub-lessees, etc. Counsel will contact these parties and demand that any evidence of the accident, such as security footage, be preserved. Once a victim’s damages can be determined then a demand for payment will be sent to the defendant’s insurance companies. If a settlement cannot be reached then a case will be filed with the appropriate Court. Discovery (the process by which information is gained from the other side) will be used to obtain maintenance records, internal company documents, and witness statements in order to establish that the property was not adequately maintained. If the matter proceeds to trial then a jury will decide the issues of liability and damages. Premises liability cases involve fact specific and legally complicated questions. It is vital that you retain qualified counsel.
Richard Summers is an Atlanta premises liability lawyer who spent roughly fifteen years working in the insurance defense industry. Richard will use your initial consultation to help you understand what it is you should expect from the process. He will quickly contact the defendants in order to ensure that evidence is preserved. If a settlement cannot be reached then he will conduct a full investigation into the matter. This investigation can include the retention of experts who can offer an opinion as to whether the defendants were acting in accordance with the standards of their given industry. Should a trial be necessary then Richard will make sure that you are prepared to go forward and that your rights are protected from beginning to end. We understand that this is a serious time in your life. We will take your case seriously. Contact us today.
Lawyer providing quality service to Atlanta residents who have suffered a fall
If you were injured on someone else’s property then you have already been done a disservice. You deserve an attorney who will provide you with the highest levels of service and communication. Richard makes lawyer-client communication a priority. He will promptly respond to emails, phone calls, and messages. He regularly provides clients with his cell phone number and he makes himself available to answer any questions you may have. We are honored to serve the people of our community and we take this responsibility very seriously.
We serve residents of Atlanta and its greater metro area. This includes the Fulton County cities of Sandy Springs, Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton, and East Point, the DeKalb County cities of Dunwoody, Decatur, Brookhaven, Redan, and, the Cobb County cities of Marietta, Smyrna, Mableton, and Kennesaw, the Fayette County cities of Fayetteville and Peachtree, the Hall County city of Gainesville, as well as other areas throughout the state of Georgia.