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Premises Liability

Robin Lourie has extensive experience representing clients who have been injured due to the negligence of property owners and managers. Individuals who are invited onto the property of others, either as a social guest or for a business purpose, have the right to expect that the property will be safe. Property owners and managers are expected to have and maintain safe property conditions. We believe that no individual should have to pay for the injuries that were brought on by a negligent property owner. If the property contains a defect and you are injured by this defect, you may be entitled to recover from a homeowner’s insurance policy or a business for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that you have incurred.

Typically, people think of the slip and fall situation, where people are injured after falling due to a dangerous condition on property. These conditions can include spills on floors, black ice in parking lots, falling merchandise, insufficient lighting, collapsing decks and defective stairs. Claims can arise from injuries in a commercial setting (stores, offices, hotels, schools, gyms, etc.) or in the home of a private individual.

The Robin Lourie Law firm has also handled other premises cases in Atlanta, Decatur, Sandy Springs, and Marietta, including, but not limited to:

  • pool injuries/drownings
  • elevator injuries
  • fires from products, defective wiring, heaters
  • ineffective security resulting in rapes, assaults and even murder at apartment complexes, hotels, and other businesses
What To Do If You Have Been Injured:

If you have been injured by a defective condition on a property, it is critical to obtain pictures of the defect if you are able to safely obtain them. It is also important to report the injury and the cause of the injury to the property owner or manager as soon after the injury as possible. If the injury occurred in a commercial space that has camera footage, you should contact Robin Lourie quickly. She can send the appropriate letter to the property owner asking the owner to retain the footage to insure that it is not erased in the normal course of business. Witnesses are particularly crucial to premises liability claims and should be interviewed in a timely manner.

Specific Case Results
  • $1,000,000 settlement with a home owner’s insurance company when a guest of the home owner was severely burned on the legs by a small decorative patio firepot. The home owner negligently poured fuel gel into the pot while it was lit, causing the gel to catch fire.
  • $750,000 settlement for an elderly woman who fell and broke her leg, requiring surgery, in an elevator at her retirement community high rise. The elevator was defective in that it was not leveling with the floor when the door opened creating a tripping hazard.
  • $250,000 settlement for a college student injured by a falling light rig on the university campus.
  • $75,000 settlement for a client who fell and broke her ankle on defective steps leading to the front door of her rental home.