Articles Tagged with premises liability

clark-young-143622-copy-300x200What happens when a person slips and falls at a business, and gets injured as a result? That is a question that has to be answered far too often for those who patronize the businesses in and around the Atlanta area. For those who are injured by slipping and falling at a place of business, or other place where they were invited, there is an answer. Georgia law protects the rights of those injured, that is why contacting a great Atlanta premises liability lawyer to enforce those rights in in your best interest.

The area of the law that protects those injured after slipping and falling is part of the wider body of law known as personal injury, or tort law. The basic premise of all tort law is that all of us (including property owners) are under an obligation to act reasonably so as to prevent others from being injured because of our negligence. This duty to act in a prudent and reasonable manner extends to property owners via premises liability laws.

Property Owner’s Duty

hannah-morgan-39891-copy-300x200A property owner in Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia has certain duties when inviting a member of the public onto his or her land, building, or property. One of the primary duties is to keep the place safe. This is a mainstay in our system of justice, and is meant to obligate property owners to maintain and keep their property in safe condition for those who enter. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, reach out to an Atlanta premises liability lawyer right away.

While property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe, it is not absolute. There are rules, regulations, and court opinions that go into what a property owner must do to ensure his or her property is safe enough for the members of the public invited onto it. These general rules are what come into dispute when a person is hurt on another’s property and seeks to be compensated for those injuries.

Georgia Court Explains Property Liability

If your child is on another person’s property with permission, then they are by Georgia law called an “invitee.” This means that the owner of the property the child is on has a duty to ensure safety from any foreseeable harm. In turn, this means that if a property owner can foresee a dangerous situation, then reasonable preventative steps need to be taken to ensure that the children are safe. Dangerous situations include swimming pools, chemicals, access to high traffic areas, access to medicine, and high crime areas. Remember, even if a child was trespassing, you as an owner can be held liable under the “attractive nuisance” law.

You may have a premises liability case or attractive nuisance law case if your child was injured or killed on someone else’s property. Contact one of our premises liability attorneys for a free consultation to see if you are eligible for compensation.

Property owners are required to protect children from hidden dangers because children cannot foresee or avoid dangers. Therefore, proper safeguards need to be taken to ensure their safety and protect them from all dangers. This includes locking cabinets, plugging outlets, putting sharp objects out of reach, locking doors and gates, and having someone at the house while children play.