The most common premises liability claim filed in Georgia is for a slip-and-fall accident. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), there are over 25,000 slip-and-fall accidents in the United States every day. Over 1 million slip-and-fall accidents require emergency medical attention.
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 lawyer 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.
In 2011, 107 Georgia residents were killed while working; 14 percent of those deaths were from some type of fall. Slips, trips and falls are collectively the third-leading cause of death for Georgia workers.
According to the 2011 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,609 deaths resulted from work-related injuries, an average of 13 per day. Of those deaths, over 17 percent were in the construction industry, with falls cited as the leading cause of death.
Construction accidents often have an identifiable cause such as defective safeguards, a lack of safety protocols or unsafe conditions. A common construction accident is a fall from a defective scaffold.
Slip-and-fall accident victims should call a Clayton County premises liability attorney at Shane Smith Law to schedule a free legal consultation.