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.
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.
The most common premises liability claims involve injuries resulting from slips-and-falls. However, injuries resulting from insufficient crowd control or lack of security can also be premises liability claims. A property owner can be liable for an attack that occurs outside his business if there is insufficient lighting. Injuries caused by escalators, elevators or automatic doors can also be premises liability claims.
The property owner or manager's negligence must be proven in premises liability cases. An experienced Clayton County premises liability attorney can help to prove that a property owner or manager knew or should have known about the hazardous condition that was the proximate cause of the injury and that the owner or manager did not remedy the problem prior to the accident. The victim must also prove that the hazardous condition was not readily apparent and that that the injuries were caused by an accident.
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.