The theory of premises liability states that when a Georgia property owner fails to maintain his or her building or land, repair dangerous conditions and/or provide adequate warning for dangerous conditions, the courts may hold him or her accountable for any injuries visitors sustain as a result of the dangerous condition. The most common premises liability claims and lawsuits involve slip and fall injuries. Though premises liability law strongly favors plaintiffs, there are instances in which the courts hold the injured parties accountable for their own injuries.
Injuries happen in myriad ways and circumstances in Georgia, and every person's experience is unique. Statistically, though, people are most likely to suffer a preventable fatal injury in one of three situations. According to the National Safety Council's Injury Facts, between 1999 and 2016, the top three for all ages were motor vehicle accidents, falls and poisoning (which includes overdoses).
People who slip and fall on a slick surface in a Georgia restaurant, store or other commercial establishment will probably throw out a hand to try to catch themselves. This is the most common response, and Johns Hopkins Medicine notes that it is the reason that distal radius fractures occur more than any other broken bone.
You probably have already heard that as an adult over the age of 65, you are in the age group most likely to fall, and also the group most likely to suffer injuries that require medical assistance at a Georgia hospital. We at Cromartie Law have often assisted seniors in taking the right actions after being injured in a fall.
Many people view a fall as an embarrassing event and hope no one noticed. However, when someone else's negligence is the source of the accident, it can be good to have witnesses and other evidence, particularly if you have sustained a serious injury as a result. At Cromartie Law, our legal team often provides advice to people who want to hold the responsible person liable for the physical, emotional and financial damages of a fall.
No matter where you are or what you are doing in Georgia, if you slip or trip and fall, you could be at risk for an injury. If you are looking at a smartphone or are distracted in another way, you may be responsible for the harm you suffer and the costs of medical attention. However, if your environment causes the fall in some way, the person who is responsible for the safe maintenance of the property may be at fault. Our legal team at Cromartie Law often helps clients analyze whether someone else's failure to make an area safe caused a fall.
Being alert to your surroundings is always a good idea. However, when you are shopping or eating at a restaurant in Georgia, you should not have to think constantly about whether there may be an issue with the floor that could make you fall. According to EHS Today, though, slip-and-fall accidents are the leading cause of emergency room visits every year.
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen almost anywhere. At Cromartie Law, we have seen them happen in apartment buildings, parking lots, retail establishments and hotels. The basic concept is that negligence of a property owner led to you falling and being injured. However, the fall doesn’t always have to be a result of slipping, which occurs when a walking surface is wet or otherwise slick. There are other related instances that are considered a slip-and-fall accident.
Slip-and-fall accidents are a common hazard in retail stores in Georgia. Wet floors are usually the main culprit. Floors may become wet due to customers tracking in rain, from spills or by watering systems in certain areas of a store. According to Chain Store Age, there are over 9 million slip-and-fall accidents each year that cause injuries. Store owners are liable for these injuries, which can add up and affect business.