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 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.
A seven-year-old girl was crushed to death in another state when an apartment gate crashed down on her. The gate had been reported to property managers multiple times but was not repaired. The gate at the front of the girl's complex fell on her as she walked out to catch her school bus.
The apartment building was under further investigation when it was discovered that the property managers had not been properly maintaining it. The property had multiple unsafe conditions including one unit that was burned-out and broken fences surrounding the perimeter. Copies of written complaints were given to law enforcement investigators after the fatal accident.
Apartment and condominium owners and managers are responsible for maintaining property safety. Property owners and managers are responsible for inspecting and maintaining the property in proper condition and warning invitees of known hazards. Premises liability pertains to property owners as it is the owner's knowledge (that he either knew or should have known of a dangerous condition) and the ability to act on that knowledge by addressing the problem before someone is harmed.
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.