Injured on someone else’s property? Don’t make these mistakes.


After being injured on someone else’s property, premises liability victims often face a challenging and unfamiliar situation. The premise liability attorneys of Akin & Tate have handled numerous property owner negligence cases throughout Georgia. They want you to know that victims make these mistakes, and some are the biggest. 

1. Failing to Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Many victims underestimate the severity of their injuries or try to tough it out. This delay can worsen their condition and their legal claim.

2. Not Documenting the Scene

Failing to take pictures or gather evidence at the accident scene can hinder their ability to prove liability. Photographs, witness statements, and incident reports can be crucial.

3. Not Reporting the Incident

Victims may hesitate to report the incident to the property owner or manager. It’s important to inform them promptly and request an incident report.

4. Neglecting to Get Contact Information

If there were witnesses to the accident, failing to collect their contact information could make it difficult to locate them later for testimony.

5. Speaking with Insurance Adjusters without Legal Counsel

Insurance companies often aim to settle claims quickly and for the lowest amount possible. Victims may inadvertently say something that weakens their claim when speaking to an adjuster without an attorney’s guidance. You don’t need to go it alone – contact us today for a free case review.

6. Ignoring Medical Advice

If a healthcare professional recommends treatment, ignoring their advice or prematurely discontinuing treatment can undermine both recovery and the legal case.

7. Discussing the Incident on Social Media

Posting about the accident or injuries on social media can be used against the victim. Insurance companies and opposing attorneys may use these posts to dispute claims.

8. Not Seeking Legal Counsel

Failing to consult with an experienced premises liability attorney is a significant mistake. A lawyer can help victims understand their rights, assess the strength of their case, and negotiate with insurance companies or file a premises lawsuit when necessary. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

9. Delaying Legal Action

The statute of limitations for premises liability cases varies by jurisdiction. Waiting too long to take legal action can result in losing the right to seek compensation.

10. Settling Too Quickly

Victims may be tempted to accept an initial settlement offer from an insurance company without fully understanding the extent of their injuries or the potential long-term consequences, which can lead to inadequate compensation. Consulting with an attorney can help ensure you receive the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries

11. Exaggerating or Minimizing Injuries

Being dishonest about your injuries can harm credibility. Be truthful about your condition and consult with medical professionals to determine the full extent of your injuries.

12. Not Keeping Records

Failing to keep detailed records of medical bills, expenses related to the injury, and any correspondence with the other party can hinder your ability to recover damages.

13. Ignoring the Statute of Limitations

Georgia’s statute of limitations sets a deadline for filing a premises liability claim. Failing to file within this timeframe can result in losing your right to compensation.

14. Not Understanding Your Rights

Premises liability laws can be complex. Not taking the time to understand your rights and the potential legal avenues can be detrimental.

Remember that every premises liability case is unique, and the best course of action may vary depending on the circumstances. Consulting with a qualified attorney specializing in personal injury law is often the first and most important step to avoid these mistakes and pursue a successful claim.

If you sustain an injury from an accident, call Akin & Tate, a renowned personal injury firm in Georgia, to ensure you file promptly. Bear in mind time is crucial in seeking justice and obtaining compensation for your injuries. 

Akin & Tate is among the longest-standing law firms in the nation. It was established in 1836 by Warren Akin, a previous Georgia Speaker of the House. For over 185 years, they have aided Georgia plaintiffs during their most challenging times. Drawing from our vast experience, we are singularly equipped to guide you through complex legal matters pertaining to premises liability, personal injury, auto accidents, wrongful death, medical errors, work injuries, defective products, and criminal defense.

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