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 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 victims may bring a Georgia premises liability claim against a negligent property owner who fails to maintain or repair dangerous conditions on their property, or fails to adequately warn visitors of such dangers.
Proving liability requires demonstrating that a property owner knew or should have known about a danger and had an opportunity to repair the problem, or warn of the danger but did not do so. A property owner will allege carelessness if a warning is posted and is ignored, thus causing an injury.
Georgia premises liability claims can be filed for incidents inside stores or businesses and places people might not immediately recognize as having liability, such as a parking lot, sidewalk, staircase, curb, bench and landscaping. Slip-and-fall accidents may occur as a result of hazardous conditions including spills, poorly maintained public walkways or lighting that does not expose potential hazards, broken handrails, uneven floor surfaces and torn carpeting.
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.