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. The CDC also reports that over 60 percent of all elevated falls causing injuries are from heights under 10 feet.
Georgia law requires private and commercial 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 Shane Smith Law 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.
A slip and fall victim sued Paula Abdul alleging that injuries she sustained from falling on Abdul’s property were due to Abdul's negligent maintenance.
The incident occurred at Abdul's home in 2007 during the filming of her reality show, "Hey Paula." The victim was part of the production crew. She slipped while filming outside the property and landed on her back. Her lawsuit alleged serious injuries requiring medical attention.
The lawsuit was settled between the victim and Abdul's insurance carrier. Settlement documents indicated that the woman was to receive $900,000 from Abdul and $100,000 from the woman's employer, the reality's show's production company.
A homeowner owner is responsible for inspecting and maintaining the property in proper condition and warning invitees of known hazards. Premises liability relates to homeowners as it is the homeowner's knowledge (that he either knew or should have known of a dangerous condition) and the ability to act on that knowledge before someone is harmed.
Slip-and-fall accident victims should call a Clayton County remises liability attorney at Shane Smith Law to schedule a free legal consultation.