Retail Store Liability
Business owners have a legal responsibility to protect customers from dangerous conditions on their premises. If you or someone close to you was injured at a retail store, its owner may be liable for the resulting harm. At Miller Legal Services, our premises liability lawyers are committed to helping injured residents of Marietta and the surrounding communities seek the justice and compensation they deserve for their harm. With years of experience, we understand the nuances of this area of law and can put this knowledge to use in your case.Pursuing Compensation from Negligent Retail Stores
Injuries at retail stores can arise in a number of ways, including wet floors, torn carpets, falling merchandise, items in the aisles, cracked floors, or poor lighting. Retail stores owe their customers a relatively high duty of care. If they know of a hazard, the customer should be warned of it in order to prevent an injury. For example, if there is a cracked floor that could cause slip and fall accidents, the storeowner should rope off or provide sufficient warning to customers so they avoid that area.
Premises liability is a branch of personal injury law that holds property owners accountable for preventable harm that arises from dangerous conditions on their property. A person injured in a retail store must demonstrate the following elements in order to recover damages:
- There was a hazardous condition on the property;
- The property owner knew or should have known about the hazardous condition;
- The property owner did not correct or warn the customer of the hazard;
- The hazardous condition was the direct cause of the customer’s injury; and
- The customer sustained actual damages.
Once a plaintiff establishes these elements, he or she may be able to recover damages such as medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income and benefits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. The exact amount of a plaintiff’s recovery will depend on the nature and extent of the harm suffered. While we aim to settle every case as swiftly as possible, we are not afraid to zealously represent you in the courtroom if necessary.
It is important to note that there is a time limit to take legal action, known as the statute of limitations. In the state of Georgia, an injury claim must be filed within two years of the accident. In some complex cases, there may be multiple statutes of limitations that apply. An experienced attorney will be able to thoroughly investigate the facts of your case and help determine the appropriate time frame within which your claim must be brought. Failing to file within the statute of limitations could mean losing your right to be heard by a court altogether.Discuss Your Premises Liability Claim with a Marietta Lawyer
If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a retail store, you may be able to pursue compensation. At Miller Legal Services, our slip and fall attorneys believe in holding negligent storeowners in the Marietta area responsible for the harm that they cause. We can vigorously advocate for your rights, using the experience, skill, and dedication needed to handle these types of claims. We also proudly represent people from Roswell, Smyrna, and other communities throughout Georgia. To set up a free consultation, call us at 770-284-3727 or contact us online.