"David Van Sant helped resolve my injury claim swiftly and professionally, helping me receive what I believe I was owed without any of the headache and trouble others have experienced with their lawyers. I am very pleased with the experience I had with David and will gladly contact him again if another issue arises." (David T. – personal injury client)
Under Georgia personal injury law, owners and occupiers of a premises have a legal obligation to make reasonable efforts to ensure the safety of others who enter the property. Consequently, if you suffer an injury on someone else’s property because they put you in danger by negligently allowing a dangerous condition to remain, you may have a premises liability claim.
A claim, however, is nothing but an abstract legal right until it is enforced. Enforcing a premises liability claim, whether in court or at the settlement table, generally requires a thorough command of Georgia premises liability law with all of its arcane nuances and pitfalls. Fortunately, however, turning claims into cash for clients is exactly what our Atlanta slip and fall attorneys do for a living.
Mediocrity Is for Cowards
At Van Sant Law, LLC, we detest mediocrity, and we will not tolerate it in ourselves or any of our staff. Our founding partner David Van Sant best exemplifies this philosophy:
- He was named a Georgia Super Lawyer, an honor accorded to only 2.5 percent of the state’s lawyers.
- He was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia by The National Trial Lawyers.
- He is a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (only one percent of lawyers qualify), due to the size of some of the recoveries he has won for his clients.
- He maintains a perfect Avvo rating of 10.0.
- He has won the Avvo Client’s Choice Award several times.
The rest of our firm lives up to the high standard set by Mr. Van Sant. The majority of our Atlanta slip and fall lawyers have been named Super Lawyers, and the Better Business Bureau has awarded our firm a perfect A+ rating. With five premises liability attorneys, we are small enough to give your case personalized attention yet large enough to have access to significant resources.
Our Client Speaks
“was great at handling my case from beginning to end. My case manager and attorney Jay Drew always returned my calls and emails asap even though I was a little annoying most of the time. My case was settled fast and easy!” – Elvis Cudd
Have You Been Injured on Someone’s Property?
If you have been injured on someone’s private property or commercial property such as a restaurant or grocery store, contact one of our Atlanta slip and fall lawyers immediately to find out if you are eligible to file a personal injury claim. Property owners are required to maintain their premises. This includes providing adequate lighting, fixing cracks and holes in defective sidewalks, ensuring the building is structurally sound, providing sufficient security, and properly storing equipment and supplies. When a landowner’s negligence causes an accident, they can be held accountable for the damages.
Property accidents can result in severe injuries such as head trauma, broken bones, spinal cord damage, back injuries and knee injuries. Medical treatment can be prohibitive, and require a lengthy recovery period. Personal injury compensation can cover injury-related costs such as hospitalization, medical bills and rehabilitation, as well as lost income and benefits for pain, suffering, and emotional trauma. Benefits are also paid in cases of wrongful death, such as loss of companionship and loss of support.
Types of Premises Liability Accidents in Atlanta
Van Sant Law, LLC is a competent Atlanta slip and fall law firm that has successfully helped many clients with cases involving premises liability. We are well-versed in liability laws and can give you sound legal advice regarding injury compensation as well as help you understand how to deal with the insurance companies following an accident. Before launching his own firm, David Van Sant worked as an insurance defense attorney and knows what to expect from insurance carriers when filing a personal injury claim. Premises liability statutes pertain to injuries suffered on another person’s property, such as:
- Hazardous material exposure
- Slips and falls on a private or commercial property
- Trip and falls
- Amusement park accidents
- Recreational accidents
- Building collapse
- Swimming pool accidents
Were you seriously injured in a slip and fall accident? Although these may not sound like serious situations, a slip and fall accident can result in catastrophic injuries. Ranging in severity from sprains to broken bones to head trauma to spinal cord injuries, if you have been injured, you could be entitled to compensation. The most common causes of slip and fall accidents include a wet surface, an uneven surface, a torn carpet, or uneven steps. In order to prove that the owner’s negligence was the cause of the slip and fall accident, one of three things must be proven. First, the property owner or employee was responsible for causing the hazard. Second, they knew about the danger but failed to do anything about it. Third, they did not know about the hazard, but someone else in their situation would have reasonably known about the risk. They could be responsible for paying for any medical expenses if it was shown to be their fault. Speak to one of our experienced Atlanta slip and fall attorneys to help you determine if there is enough evidence of negligence.
Learn More From our Atlanta Premises Liability Attorneys – Serving Atlanta, Alpharetta, and All of Georgia
Our team of Atlanta slip and fall attorneys can take on your case if you were injured while on someone else’s property. We believe that you should not have to suffer because of the actions or negligence of another individual. By examining every aspect of your case, we could discover exactly how the accident took place and fight to uphold your rights. The guilty party could be held liable for any injury you suffered. By filing a claim against them, you could get the medical attention you need to regain your health. Even if you lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, filing a lawsuit could mean that you are protecting others from going through the same type of ordeal. Do not hesitate to contact our premises liability law firm if you have any questions. We have locations throughout Atlanta, Alpharetta, Athens, Cumming, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Sandy Springs, or Gainesville to discuss your case.We will do everything in our power to fight for you because we want you to receive justice.
Can I win a personal injury claim over a dangerous condition that the property owner didn’t even know about?
Yes, it is possible. Property owners and occupiers have a legal duty to perform reasonable safety inspections of their property for the benefit of guests. If a dangerous condition goes unrecognized because of a lack of inspection or an inadequate inspection, the owner or occupier and is held liable if an injury results.
Can I win a claim against a shop owner if I was injured because an employee ignored an order from him?
Believe it or not, you can win under these circumstances. Employers are responsible for injuries caused by the negligence of their employees, even if the employer was not personally at fault. You can file a claim against both the employer and the negligent employee.
Can the IRS tax my settlement?
The IRS will not tax any amount intended to compensate you for personal injury unless you have already taken a tax deduction for the same amount. However, the IRS can tax judgment interest and punitive damages.
I slipped on a wet floor while I was intoxicated. Do I have a premises liability claim?
Perhaps, as long as the defendant was also at fault for the accident. If you were 50 percent or more at fault, you will lose your claim. If you were less than 50 percent at fault, you will recover damages, but you will have to settle for a reduced amount. Speak to one of our aggressive Atlanta slip and fall lawyers to find out if you have a case in this situation.
You Don’t Pay Us Unless You Win
Our Atlanta trip and fall attorneys don’t like paying for nothing, and we are confident that you don’t either. Because of this, and because we win the great majority of the cases we take, we guarantee that you will owe us nothing in legal fees until and unless we win compensation for you. If you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid either.
Act Now – Time Could Be Running Out on Your Slip and Fall Claim
Georgia applies a statute of limitations deadline, beyond which your claim will become worthless. Even before this deadline approaches, however, it is important to act quickly. As time passes, evidence becomes stale, and the remaining time to carefully prepare a case grows shorter and shorter.
For a free initial evaluation of your claim by one of our experienced Atlanta slip and fall attorneys, call us at (855) GA-INJURY or (404) 991-5950; otherwise, you can fill out our online contact form so that we can contact you for an appointment.