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Woman assumed the risk by walking around lagoon after homeowners association warned of alligator problem. Victims can use the expertise of premises liability attorney Shane Smith.

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.

 

Owners and managers of condominiums and apartment complexes must maintain their properties in such a way that guests and tenants are safe. A manager or owner can be held liable for guests' injuries on the property if negligence was the cause.

 

The Georgia Supreme Court reversed a state court of appeals decision that held a golf association and homeowners association liable for a deadly 2007 alligator attack on the premises. A lawsuit was filed by the family of an 83-year-old woman who was killed in the vicious attack. The family argued that the property owners and association were negligent in protecting its residents from alligator attacks.

 

The victim was housesitting for her daughter at the time of the attack. She walked alone near a lake when she was attacked by an alligator. One foot and both of the woman's forearms were severed in the attack. A trapper later caught an alligator that had the woman's bod parts in its stomach.

 

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the HOA had warned residents in a newsletter and online about alligators at the lake. The court held that the woman assumed the risk by walking at the lake.

 

According to premises liability law, someone may be held liable for an invitee's injuries when he negligently kept the property unsafe. Victims' claims can be for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost income.

 

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident meet with a Clayton County personal injury lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.

 

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia