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Property owners and managers must keep their properties safe for customers, tenants, and guests. If they don’t, and someone’s injured, as a result, they must compensate the injured victim. If you were injured on someone’s property, you need to contact an Atlanta premises liability lawyer.

At Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers our Atlanta personal injury lawyers have successfully represented many premises liability injury victims. We’ll deliver the best customer service and the greatest result. Our prior wins and our 5-star client reviews validate that promise.

Call us today at (404) 939-9470. Also, you may fill-out our online contact form to schedule a free case review with an Atlanta premises liability lawyer. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got the answers.

Atlanta Premises Liability Laws

You can’t recover damages simply because you slipped and fell on someone’s property. First, you must prove that you were a lawful visitor. Invitees and licensees are lawful visitors. Trespassers are unlawful visitors.


Customers are “invitees”. Property owners must keep their properties reasonably safe for invitees. “Reasonably safe” doesn’t mean “completely safe.” However, property owners must try to minimize safety risks. For instance, a grocery store owner should conduct periodic floor inspections to ensure that liquid spills are quickly mopped up. An apartment community manager in a high crime area should install proper lighting and surveillance cameras. Also, property owners must fix any hazards, or warn invitees about them.


Social guests are typically “licensees”. Property owners must not “willfully” expose licensees to unsafe risks. In other words, they must warn licensees about “hidden” hazards. However, they don’t have to conduct routine property inspections. They also don’t have to warn licensees about clearly visible hazards.


Trespassers don’t have permission to visit the property. Thus, property owners aren’t liable for their injuries. However, Georgia law protects child trespassers. If there was an “attractive nuisance” that lured a child trespasser, such as an exposed swimming pool, the property owner may be responsible for the child’s injuries. If your child was injured on someone’s property, you should call an Atlanta premises liability lawyer ASAP.

The Open and Obvious Exception

If you’re injured by an “open and obvious” property condition, you can’t recover damages. Even if the condition wasn’t “open and obvious,” you still have to prove that you exercised care to avoid it. So, if you slipped and fell while you read texts on your mobile device, you might not have a case. Also, if someone shot you while you sold drugs outside your apartment, your case might not succeed.

Fortunately, even if you were partially at fault, you can often still recover damages, as long as you weren’t at least 50% liable. However, your damages are reduced by your fault share. So, if the jury awards you $100,000 and you’re 49% at fault, your $100,000 award is reduced to $51,000.

Once our Atlanta premises liability lawyers determine your status, we’ll determine whether the property owner/occupier acted carelessly. If so, and their carelessness caused your injuries, we can help you win damages if you were careful.

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$195,000 settlement for a client that injured her knee when a chair collapsed underneath her at a car dealership.

$175,000 settlement for a woman’s trip and fall injuries at a veterinary clinic.

$150,000 settlement for a client that injured his back when an apartment exterior stairwell collapsed underneath him.

Common Atlanta Premises Liability Incidents

There are several property hazards that commonly injure victims:

  • Inadequate Security – If a criminal attacked you, you may pursue a negligent security claim against the property owner if the owner failed to secure the premises.
  • Vicious dogs – Dog owners must leash their dogs in public spaces. If an unleashed dog attacked you, you may sue the dog’s owner.
  • Slippery floors and unsafe stairs.
  • Swimming Pools – Property owners should always fence-in their pools to prevent wandering children from drowning.
  • Trampoline Park Accidents – If you were injured at the Sky Zone, Sky Line, or Get Air trampoline parks in Atlanta, we might be able to help you.

If you’re unsure whether you can recover damages for your injuries, call an Atlanta premises liability lawyer. We’ll explain your legal rights and your options.

Premises Liability Claims

If you were injured on someone’s property as an invitee, you must prove the following elements to win your case:

  • The defendant owned or occupied the property;
  • You were an invitee;
  • The property owner/occupier knew or should have known about an unsafe property condition;
  • The property owner/occupier failed to correct the unsafe property condition;
  • You were injured as a result of the unsafe property condition(s) despite acting carefully;
  • You suffered damages.

Our Atlanta premises liability lawyers at Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers will thoroughly evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Next, we’ll create a strategy to crush the property owner’s potential defenses. Then, we’ll collect the evidence that you need to prove your claim. That way, we’ll obtain the best result.

Premises Liability Compensation

If you were injured on someone else’s property, you may pursue damages for:

  • Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
  • Your medical costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Property damage

You might not know how to calculate the value of your physical pain and mental anguish. That’s OK. When you experience the lingering effects of trauma on a daily basis, it’s difficult to reduce it to words – let alone a numerical formula. We’ll figure it out for you. That’s why you hire us.

"When I felt all hope was lost, I contacted Graham Scofield to see if he could represent me. He immediately called me back and thoroughly reviewed with me the case. He was the most patient, kind, sympathetic and the upmost professional attorney throughout the entire process. He was also extremely knowledgeable about the law and was creative when the case worked through the twists and turns. He was also a heck of a fighter for me and got me more settlement than I was expecting. I only wish I called him sooner! Thank you so much Graham, you are an amazing lawyer!!"
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Fatal Premises Liability Compensation

If you lost a loved one due to a dangerous property condition, we can help you pursue a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claimants may recover the following damages:

  • Loss of companionship
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of guidance and nurturing
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of benefits

Our Atlanta Premises Liability Lawyers Can Help You

You shouldn’t expect to receive a quick settlement in a premises liability case. In fact, most premises liability cases don’t settle until the eve of trial. Therefore, you should hire an Atlanta premises liability lawyer that will invest the time and resources to maximize your settlement.

At Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers, we understand your suffering. We’ve helped many individuals just like you. We’ll use our decades of experience to successfully resolve your case so that you can rebuild your life.

Contact us through our online form or call (404) 939-9470 to schedule a free, no-risk consultation with an Atlanta premises liability lawyer.