Unfortunately, attacks can happen any time of day, and anyone can be a victim. If you were attacked on a property in Georgia, you could file a civil claim against the owner or manager of the premises.
You could also have a civil case against the perpetrator in addition to any criminal charges they may face. A premises liability attorney can help you understand your legal options for seeking financial recovery for your injuries and other damages.
Who Is Liable for My Injuries if I Was Attacked on a Property in Georgia?
Liability considers the legal obligations that parties have to others they injure or otherwise cause harm. This can require them to cover the victim’s damages, such as their medical care. When you get attacked on a property in Georgia, the law considers two major parties liable: the attacker and the property owner.
Primary liability for an attack and resulting damages falls with the individual(s) that started the altercation. Another party that can be liable for an attack is the owner of the property where the attack happened.
Owners are expected to keep their premises reasonably clear of potential hazards and warn visitors of any hazards they could not address right away. This includes taking certain security measures to prevent attacks. If personal injury lawyers can prove that an owner didn’t make efforts to prevent possible attacks, they could be liable for resulting injuries.
How Does Self-Defense Affect These Cases?
Georgia law also considers an additional dimension: self-defense. When a victim stands their ground (fights back against an attacker), they are protected from injuries or damages caused. If you use equal force against an attacker, you are within your legal right in Georgia. A consultation with our firm will help you know where you stand.
Holding a Property Owner Accountable for an Attack
Since every attack is different, assistance from an attorney can help you build a case against a property owner using Georgia’s premises liability laws. Some parameters involved in such a scenario include:
- Lighting: People can be attacked when they can’t see attackers in dark hallways or entry points. When owners fail to meet this expectation, they can be liable.
- Locks on doors and windows: If an attacker takes advantage of outdated doors and locks, the property owner could be liable. They may have to compensate the victim for failing to satisfy safety expectations.
- Alarm or surveillance system: In buildings, alarm and surveillance systems deter attackers. If the property doesn’t have working systems, the owner is often liable.
- Security personnel/guards: When owners don’t assign sufficient guards to protect parties from attacks, they can also be liable.
When you hire our firm, our attorneys will identify factors that contributed to the attack so you can hold the attacker and the property owner liable when appropriate.
Recoverable Damages From an Attack in Georgia
After suffering an attack in Georgia, you could recover compensation for your:
- Medical bills: If you are left with injuries after an attack, you could receive compensation for any medical treatment you require. This may include emergency treatment and hospitalization, pain medications, and doctor’s appointments.
- Lost wages: If you miss work after an attack while you are recovering, you could recover for loss of income and benefits.
- Psychological pain: An attack might cause extensive psychological harm that can manifest as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, insomnia, or other mental health conditions. This is another dimension of damages you could recover.
Our team will take the utmost care when discussing your injuries and damages. We know how important it is to leave nothing unaccounted for and ensure each damage receives an accurate value.
A Lawyer Can Hold the Liable Parties Accountable for Your Attack
If you have our firm on your side, you don’t need to worry about most aspects of your case. A premises liability attorney from the team can explain the requirements for holding other parties accountable and then handle them on your behalf. You’ll know what to expect each step of the way, but you won’t have to worry about taking action on your own.
We begin with a free initial consultation where we review your case and explain our services and fees. After that, we work on contingency, meaning you pay nothing until we secure compensation for you, and our payment comes out of this financial recovery.*
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Under Georgia law, you could seek damages from multiple parties if you were attacked on someone else’s property. If you can prove that failure to follow the right measures caused an attack, you might be eligible for compensation from the owner in addition to the attacker.
Hiring an attorney from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and options for taking action. Call (888) 612-7001 for your free consultation.