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 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.
The Atlanta-based Governor's Gun Club may be susceptible to potential premises liability claims after the city council approved a liquor license for the site. The alcohol license was sought with specific limitations:
- alcohol would only be served in a secure lounge during specific hours
- the lounge would only be accessible to members
- members' children would be permitted into the lounge area but would not to drink
- guns would not be allowed inside the lounge
- members could not re-enter the shooting range after drinking.
Community members protested the potentially lethal combination of guns and alcohol. They claimed there was nothing preventing members from leaving the club with their weapons after drinking. The mayor cited safety measures including members' background checks and a mandatory contract where members agreed to follow the club's rules.
The gun range may leave itself vulnerable to potential future premises liability claims. Premises liability results when a person is injured on property due to negligent maintenance, dangerous conditions on the property or the property owner's negligence. In this situation the gun club would have difficulty arguing that it could not anticipate an injury occurring after mixing alcohol and guns; the argument would be even more improbable after local citizens expressed those concerns in a public forum.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident meet with a Clayton County personal injury lawyer. Call Shane Smith Law to schedule a free legal consultation.