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Georgia premises liability: Hurt at an apartment complex

Many Georgia residents live in apartments or know someone who does. Landlords have a responsibility to tenants and their guests to keep the property safe. When they fail in this, those injured as a result may pursue premises liability claims in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.

When is a landlord deemed liable? Tenants, their guests and the landlord all carry some level of responsibility in staying safe while on apartment complex property. A landlord may be held fully responsible for damages sustained as a result of an injury, if common areas are not properly maintained, warnings of hazards are not posted, problems are not fixed in a timely manner and furniture in furnished units are unsafe. However, it must be ruled that the injury was a direct result of landlord negligence.

Who pays for damages? If an injured individual sues in an effort to seek compensation and wins, payment will come from one of two places: the landlord or insurance. Most landlords do have liability policies to protect them from having to pay for damages out of their personal funds.

Georgia residents who have suffered injuries while at an apartment complex, and it is believed that landlord negligence is at fault, may pursue premises liability claims in civil court. An experienced attorney can review one's case and -- if it is deemed appropriate -- file and litigate the matter. If successful, maximum relief for any and all damages that are legally recoverable, whether they are economic or non-economic in nature, may be awarded.

Source: FindLaw, "Liability for Tenant Injuries and Insurance for Landlords", Accessed on Nov. 1, 2017

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