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Important terms you need to know after a slip-and-fall event

Slip-and-fall accidents can result in serious, life-altering injuries. For example, let's say you're walking to your car after shopping at a local department store. You're loaded up with bags from all the things you bought, and you don't notice a giant grease spot in the middle of the parking area.

After slipping on this spot, you come crashing down on your tailbone. You break your tailbone and your wrist in the process. Now, you can't sit at your desk job, and your wrist is too injured to type at your computer.

If you want to make it through this difficult time financially intact, you may want to consider pursuing a personal injury lawsuit for financial restitution. You may also want to learn a few terms that could apply to your slip-and-fall accident case.

4 legal terms that apply to premises liability claims

A slip-and-fall accident falls under the category of premises liability law. Here are four vital terms you'll want to understand before moving forward with a premises liability claim:

-- Invitee: The "invitee" refers to the guest of a property owner. An invitee could be a customer of a department store, or it could be someone who attends a party at the property owner's house. Under the law, property owners owe a high standard of care to guests who enter the property. This standard of care involves the swift resolution of dangerous conditions and/or the warning of guests about the presence of dangerous conditions.

-- Licensee: The "licensee" is the person who comes onto a property to carry out business dealings. For example, someone who has a license to set up shop and sell hats on a property would be a licensee. In these situations, the property owner will be liable for slip-and-fall events if he or she wantonly or willfully hurts a guest.

-- Trespasser: The "trespasser" is a person who enters a property without receiving permission. In most cases, property owners will not be liable if a trespasser gets hurt after entering a property without permission. This may not be the case if the trespasser is a child, or if there is a significantly dangerous issue or trap on the property.

-- Attractive nuisance: The "attractive nuisance" is something on a property that could attract a child to come onto the property without permission. For example, imagine a broken down theme park ride that is visible from outside the property. A child might come onto the property and get hurt. The same could apply to any kinds of heavy machinery, pools and spas.

Did you get hurt after slipping and falling on someone's property?

If you suffered an injury after falling in a parking lot, you might fall under the category of an "invitee" and you might have a viable claim for damages. By consulting with an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer, you can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your potential claim. You might also be able to develop a suitable strategy to seek financial compensation in court.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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