When a properly is not lit properly, accidents resulting in injury can occur. If an injury does occur and inadequate lighting is found to be a hazard on the property, the owner of that property can be held legally liable for damages that arise from the injury.
A property owner has a legal duty to keep visitors to their property safe. Part of maintaining the property in a safe condition includes making sure it is lit adequately. When a person is injured, they must prove several things to have a successful case, not only that the lighting present was inadequate. A person has to prove:
- That the owner knew or should have known about the hazardous conditions;
- The owner did not attempt to ensure that there was adequate lighting or properly maintain the lighting already in place;
- The injury sustained by the victim was a direct result of the hazardous condition.
Any person who owns a property should work to make sure that it is safe for visitors. When a property owner fails to do this, they can find themselves facing a victim in civil court, being ordered to pay damages for medical bills, lost wages and more.
If you have been injured on a property in Atlanta and believe that it was due, in part, to inadequate lighting, a personal injury attorney will be able to help you. Contact an experienced attorney to discover more about your legal options and the types of compensation you may be entitled to under state law.