Most people who have children in Georgia know that they are curious and can get into many things. They tend to learn by experiences, both good and bad. Until something bad happens to them, many times children do not fully understand the potential dangers and can get badly injured as a result. Parents will not be able prevent all bad things from happening to their children, but they should try to keep an eye on them and try to put in certain safety measures to protect them against dangerous situations.
There are many restaurants in Georgia and people go to them every day. The main reason most go to restaurants is to eat food, but they are also great places for socializing with friends and family. The last thing on most people's minds when they are in a restaurant is whether they will be safe while they are there. People assume they will go in eat their food, enjoy the company of others and go on to their next destination.
People in Georgia expect that store and business owners will keep their stores and buildings in a safe condition. Many people are familiar with slip and fall type accidents though and know that sometimes the owners fail to do this. Most people probably think about slipping on a wet spot on a floor or on something that spilled or fell on the floor. However, owners are also responsible for keeping their parking lots safe and slip and fall accidents can occur in those as well.
People in Georgia enter onto other people's property every day. In most situations they are either explicitly invited onto the property by the owner, such as going to a friend's house, or there is an implicit invitation, such as going into a store or other type of business. People also have an expectation that as long as they act normally they will not be hurt while on the property. They expect that the property owner would also warn them if there was a danger they should be aware of while in certain areas.
Imagine a huge tractor-trailer bearing down on you in your rear-view mirror. You look to your left and right, but you are blocked in by other vehicles. Relentlessly, the truck keeps coming, and you realize you are about to be hit by a ton of metal and fuel traveling at a high rate of speed. While this is a hypothetical situation, it is all too real for many Atlanta drivers. Due to the city's central location and the convergence of a few interstate highways, Atlanta drivers experience a high volume of commercial vehicle traffic.
A few weeks ago, this blog laid out some of the basic common law concepts that underpin premises liability law. While those concepts remain good background on the subject, in Georgia, there are statutory considerations that may modify some of the ideas that are normally used in this area of law. One of those facets that Georgia's statutory framework modifies is the definitions of, and legal duties land owners owe to, invitees and licensees.
Slip-and-fall accidents in Atlanta are totally unexpected events for a customer. No one expects to slip on something in the grocery store, mall or parking lot while they are out shopping. These accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths. Our law firm focuses on premises liability cases and helping customers who were unexpectedly injured.
Whether it is a quick stop at your favorite fast-food restaurant during your lunch break, or a more leisurely dinner spent at one of Georgia's finest eating establishments, most restaurant patrons expect delicious food and good service. What they may not expect is that they could be seriously injured in a restaurant, due to a slip-and-fall accident. Such accidents can leave a person seriously injured, causing the person to incur hefty medical bills, experience tremendous pain and suffering, and miss out on lost wages. When this happens, a person may wonder if they can pursue a premises liability lawsuit against the restaurant.