Macon Premises Liability Attorney
If you are injured on or near property that is owned or controlled by a business or another person, this is known as a potential premises liability case.
In Georgia and most other states, a premises liability lawsuit can be filed against a person or business that failed to keep the premises safe for use by the public, patron, customer, tenant, etc.
Premises Liability Law in Georgia
There are many things that can make a business, home or piece of land unsafe for those who visit the premises. It is possible for dangerous conditions to develop because of these types of factors:
- Poor maintenance and general disrepair of a building
- Cracked and uneven sidewalks
- Steps that are unmarked
- Broken handrails and stairs
- Merchandise that falls onto customers
- Smoke alarms that do not function
- Poor fire safety
- Dogs left loose
- Poor security
- Contaminated water in a pool
- Slippery conditions on sidewalks, floors and near pools.
The laws of Georgia require homeowners and business owners to exercise ‘reasonable care’ to ensure their property is kept ‘reasonably safe’ when a person is present, approaching or exiting the property. The responsibility to keep the premises safe is noted in the Georgia statute 51.-3-1.
Types of Georgia Premises Liability Cases
There are many possible ways that a home or business can be dangerous and lead to personal injury or wrongful death. Some of the most frequent premises liability cases the Mann Law Firm has handled on behalf of injured clients are:
- Slip and fall: Involves personal injuries where the person falls because a sidewalk, stair, floor or ramp is not properly maintained. The surface could be cracked, broken, slippery or uneven. Perhaps a water leak was not repaired, dangerous debris was not cleaned up, a spill was left, or warning signs were not used.
- Dog bite: A loose or unsecured dog bites or mauls you because the animal owner was negligent and/or failed to give a warning of the dog’s likelihood to cause injury.
- Escalator accident: Passenger may trip and fall or suffer other injuries because the escalator is defective, improperly installed, poorly maintained or not regularly inspected. An accident could be caused by excessive speed, sudden acceleration or stop, nonfunctional emergency control, or protruding metal parts on which passengers can be injured.
- Elevator accident: You are hurt or a loved one is killed because the elevator falls or stops suddenly after a sudden fall. Or, the elevator door opens, and you fall down the shaft. Another common accident is a mis-leveled elevator that creates a dangerous tripping hazard.
- Inadequate security: You are injured, assaulted or otherwise attacked because the owner of a business does not provide proper security to ensure the facility is safe for guests or patrons.
- Pool accident: Excessive water near a swimming pool leads to injury because of inadequate warnings or other factors. Also common are drowning or near-drowning accidents from poor child supervision and inadequately trained lifeguards.
- Falling merchandise: Head injuries may occur where merchandise on upper shelves falls onto the customer.
- Deck collapse: You may fall from a deck because of poor construction, poor maintenance, poor inspection processes or overloading. This is a frequent cause of premises liability injury and death.
- Poor child supervision: An infant or minor has bodily injuries because the child is assaulted, molested or abducted. Can occur at day care, school, dance studio and similar places.
A review by the Jury Verdict Research organization found recently that the median verdict for premises liability cases was more than $98,000. So, it is to your benefit to at least talk to an experienced personal injury attorney about your case.
Get Legal Help from a Georgia Premises Liability Attorney Today
Were you or a loved one injured or killed in a premises liability accident? The Mann Law Firm helps Macon and Middle Georgia citizens who have suffered serious personal injuries get the compensation they are entitled to. Our attorneys can help you to obtain the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Please call us today at 478-742-3381 or fill out our online contact form.