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.
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.
Premises liability involves situations where an injury takes place on or near property owned by another party where the injury was caused by unsafe conditions. Premises liability lawsuits can be brought against a homeowner, landlord, business owner, property manager, a parent company or government entity when a property is not maintained in a safe condition for use by a tenant, customer, or other invitee to the property. In order to sue an entity for premises liability the entity must have known or should have known of the unsafe condition with no warning offered to the injured party.
Dangerous conditions can be caused a multitude of ways, including poor maintenance, spills or fallen products, broken or uneven walking surfaces, unmarked steps or slopes, damaged stairs or handrails, or unmarked hazardous areas. Pursuant to Georgia premises liability law, the owner or occupier of property may be liable for negligently causing or negligently failing to repair or warn an injured party about these and other unsafe conditions which are the proximate cause of injuries or wrongful death. Dog bite victims may also pursue premises liability claims against a dog owner for negligently failing to leash, confine, or control their animal.
Stores can be held responsible for injuries that occur on their premises when the store owners do not protect patrons from injuries. Slip-and-fall victims should call a Clayton County premises liability attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.