According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 15 percent of all job-related injuries are caused by slip-and-fall accidents. Additionally, there are over 19,500 deaths each year in the United States from unintentional falls.
Georgia law requires commercial and private property owners to maintain safe properties for people who are legally on the premises. Most properties are subject to safety codes or regulations requiring the property owner or manager to prevent negligent exposure to harmful or injurious situations. Premises liability claims may hold these property owners or managers liable when someone is injured due to hazardous, unsafe or dangerous conditions.
If you have suffered a serious injury on someone else's property, a premises liability attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can review your accident and injuries to determine if you have a reasonable case against the property owner involved and advise you of your legal rights.
Slip-and-fall accidents may occur as a result of hazardous conditions in a mall, at a private residence, an office, a supermarket or in a parking lot. Hazards can include spills, poorly maintained public walkways or lighting that does not expose potential hazards, broken handrails, uneven floor surfaces and torn carpeting.
The property owner or manager's negligence must be proven in premises liability cases. An experienced Clayton County premises liability attorney can help to prove that a property owner or manager knew or should have known about the hazardous condition that was the proximate cause of the injury and that the owner or manager did not remedy the problem prior to the accident. The victim must also prove that the hazardous condition was not readily apparent and that that the injuries were caused by an accident.
Proving the owners' or managers' negligence requires fully researching the scene in a Georgia premises liability case. An attorney must obtain documents and sworn testimonies to show that the property owner or manager knew or should have known about the problem and did not act as a reasonably prudent person would have under the same circumstances. The key to successfully bringing a premises liability lawsuit is having proof that the property owner or manager knew about the hazardous condition and did nothing to prevent an accident or injury.
Slip-and-fall accident victims should call a Clayton County premises liability attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.