Suffering an injury on another person's property can severely complicate a person's life. Aside from the physical pain and suffering, and emotional trauma of an unexpected injury, the financial burden from accompanying medical bills may feel like too much to bear for some Georgia victims. Fortunately, it is possible to recover compensation related to such injuries through the careful actions of a premises liability suit, in which the owner is usually held responsible.
A slip-and-fall accident frequently hurts much more than the victim's pride. Many premises liability lawsuits filed by consumers in Georgia follow trip-and-fall accidents. Although these two types of accidents seem similar, the physics differ, and the kinds of injuries they cause are entirely different. When someone slips, he or she typically falls backward, while a trip over an object or a loose rug usually causes the victim to fall forward. The fall direction and the victim's age typically plays a role in the severity of the injuries.
A simple walk around the block or a visit to catch up with the family next door are events that occur in Georgia neighborhoods on a regular basis. Homeowners are aware of this fact and often take precautions to make sure that obstacles that could be a hazard are removed. These homeowners know that if someone is injured on their property or injury is caused by something they own, they could face premises liability issues.
Just how many apartment buildings are there in Atlanta? Hundreds of complexes fill the city. Each of them must meet certain safety requirements in order to keep residents and others legally on the property from harm. This includes ensuring that any fire suppression or containment equipment remains in good working order. Failing to do so not only risks lives, but also risks premises liability claims.
Like other Georgia residents, you go to work, stores and to other public places on a regular basis. Perhaps you have been to one particular place hundreds of times without incident, and then one day, something happens that causes you serious injuries. When it comes to premises liability claims, numerous hazards could fall under this umbrella.
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.
Does a neighbor own a vicious dog? Would others even know that the dog has a propensity to bite? The owner should know, and the Georgia Supreme Court recently set a new precedent for determining whether a dog may bite that could change these types of premises liability cases here in the state.
Premises liability is an area of law that covers a wide range of injurious events or dangerous conditions. For example, if a restaurant or club doesn't provide adequate or well-trained security and an incident occurs that leaves people injured, then a premises liability lawsuit may be in order. Similarly, if a heavily damaged sidewalk causes someone to suffer injuries, or if a store owner fails to clean off a dangerous condition in front of their store, then they could be held accountable via a premises liability lawsuit.