Although Jones & Swanson typically represents victims of metro-Atlanta automobile accidents, we also represent victims of premises liability claims. One such injury occurred in March of 2010 when a 62-year-old Fulton County woman was involved in a trip and fall incident at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.
While approaching an escalator inside the airport, she tripped and fell over the grate of another escalator that had been removed for maintenance by the escalator repairmen. Unfortunately, the employees of the escalator repair company failed to cordon or block off the area where the victim fell with cones or other warning devices. As a result of the fall, the woman suffered significant injuries to her back, hip, and knee.
After the victim contacted Jones & Swanson, our staff members immediately began researching the specific details of the incident. Because the escalator repairmen created a hazardous condition and failed to properly warn the victim and other patrons to those conditions, a lawsuit was brought against the repair company. The repairmen had a responsibility to exercise reasonable care while maintaining, managing, and repairing the escalator and nearby area. Because they failed to do so, the victim not only experienced pain and suffering, but she also incurred medical expenses and missed work due to her injuries.
Fortunately, Attorney Andrew Jones was able to team up with another attorney to settle the victim’s claim for $210,000.
Premises liability claims are typically complex due to the difficulties involved with proving negligence. First, it must be proven that the property owner was aware of the dangerous circumstance which resulted in harm to another. Property owners can also be held responsible in the event that they should have been aware of a hazardous condition on their premises. For a premises liability claim to be successful, it must also be proven that the victim could not have known about the injury-causing condition. Because of these complex requirements to succeed in a premises liability injury claim, it is imperative that victims hire an experienced liability lawyer soon after an accident. The sooner that you contact an injury attorney the sooner they can begin investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident. Evidence and implicating evidence tends to disappear quickly in these types of incidents.
If you or someone you know have been injured in an accident that you believe was the fault of another, such as a property owner not exercising appropriate caution for visitors, do not hesitate to consult with the lawyers at Jones & Swanson. Our intake process typically begins with a phone call in which we obtain information about the incident from you. If we believe you may have a potential claim, we will schedule an in-office meeting. In the event that we feel unable to adequately represent your claim, we may also provide contact information for another Georgia attorney. For a free consultation, call 770-427-5498 today.