Landlord Liability Lawsuit Claims Lawyer
Georgia law affirms that landlords may be found liable for injuries that occur on their property due to defective construction or neglected maintenance concerns. For example, if the roof is leaking and the landlord has delayed making repairs, a person who slips and falls and incurs an injury can hold the landlord responsible for their injury. Landlord liability can be a complex issue, which is why you need the services of personal injury attorney Darrell T. Farr in Stockbridge if you suffer an accident on another’s property.
The complexities only grow with questions of whether or not a landlord is “in possession” of the property or “out of possession” of the property. These distinctions shade the liability question somewhat, as well as whether or not a maintenance company is involved in performing work on the property, and how involved the landlord is regarding supervision. Also, in view are questions regarding what a landlord “should have known” and “did know” regarding needed repairs.
Georgia Landlord Liability Law
Three basic statutes in Georgia law provide guidance when determining landlord liability. They are:
- “The landlord must keep the premises in repair. He shall be liable for all substantial improvements placed upon the premises by his consent.” (GA Code § 44-7-13).
- “The landlord is responsible for damages arising from defective construction or for damages arising from the failure to keep the premises in repair.” (GA Code § 44-7-14).
- “Where an owner or occupier of land, by express or implied invitation, induces or leads others to come upon his premises for any lawful purpose, he is liable in damages to such persons for injuries caused by his failure to exercise ordinary care in keeping the premises and approaches safe.” (GA Code § 51-3-1).
In addition, Georgia cities, towns and counties may have other statutes that apply in their jurisdictions. If you were injured in an accident on someone else’s property and believe neglect was involved, contact Stockbridge personal injury lawyer Darrell T. Farr to discuss the possibility of a premises liability negligence claim.