March 2014

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Premises Liability: Apartment Complex’s Duty to Provide a Safe Place to Live


Premises liability law in Georgia, O.C.G.A.51-3-1, requires an owner of an apartment complex to exercise care in keeping your apartment complex premises and outside area safe.

If you have been injured at an apartment complex, contact Andrew Lynch today to review your case: 404-373-7735!

Failure to properly repair the inside or outside of your apartment can lead to your apartment complex or landlord to being responsible for any injuries you suffer.  This duty to keep your safe extends to your friends and family who are visiting you.  In fact this legal requirement extends to anyone at your apartment complex for a lawful purpose, such as a repair man or mail man.

To recover for a injury, for example a fall, you and your attorney have to work together to show to the court or insurance company that the owner of the property should have been aware of the problem that injured you and should have fixed it.

This even includes a duty to prevent you from being a victim of a violent crime that could have been prevented with adequate security.  There may be a case against your landlord if strangers can enter and exit your apartment complex without going through a gate or security, if there are not working cameras, or generally the security is in such a terrible state that it is if your apartment is inviting criminals to come into your complex and prey on the residents and their guests.

If your landlord does not properly take care of your apartment complex and you are injured because of it, you are entitled to recover your medical bills, lost wages, and money damages for your pain and suffering.

If you have been injured at an apartment complex, contact Andrew Lynch today to review your case: 404-373-7735!

Injured by a Drunk Driver (DUI)


Under Georgia law, if a drunk driver (DUI driver) causes a wreck it is best to contact an attorney immediately.  When someone is driving drunk or recklessly a person who is injured, even just a little, can pursue a case for punitive damages.

Punitive damages are not damages for your pain and suffering or out of pocket expenses.  Punitive damages are  damages to punish the drunk driver for flagrantly disregarding your safety and the safety of our community.  If you are struck by a drunk driver, in most cases, your attorney will be seeking a policy limit demand against the drunk driver’s insurance company.  In none legal language, you should pursue and work to recover all the insurance monies of the drunk driver.

Drunk driver personal injury suits generally result in larger financial recoveries for the persons injured by the drunk drivers.  If you have been hit by a drunk driver you should hire an attorney today to protect your rights.