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.
Coweta County 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.
Proving liability for injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall accident requires one of the following factors:
•The property owner or an employee must have caused the spill, carpet hazard (such as torn carpeting), or other slippery or dangerous surface.
•The property owner or an employee should have known about the dangerous surface but did not take necessary action to protect someone from potential injury.
•The property owner or an employee should have known of the dangerous surface as a reasonably prudent person in care of the property would have known about the dangerous condition and removed or repaired it.
Proving that a property owner or an employee was aware of a dangerous condition may be more difficult. It must be established that:
•The property owner created the condition, or;
•The property owner knew the condition existed and negligently did not remedy the problem; or
•The condition existed for a period of time such that it can be inferred that the owner must have discovered or been informed of the condition and could have remedied it prior to the accident.
Slip-and-fall accident victims should call a Coweta County premises liability attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.