Premises liability laws generally maintain that property owners have a duty to ensure that their properties are reasonably safe for those who have a right to be there. Visitors who enter a premises legally are referred to as invitees or licensees. In general, property owners are liable for injuries to visitors if they suffer injuries while on the owner’s premises if those injuries are caused by the property owner’s negligent or careless actions. However, the law becomes more complicated when it comes to trespassers who do not have a legal right to be on a person’s property. Generally, property owners… read moreREAD MORE
Some things just seem to call out to kids and say, “Come onto the property and play.” This can include various attractions like pools, playground equipment, other toys, and more. These items work like a magnet, but they can also present dangers. They can be so dangerous that they become an “attractive nuisance.” Properly defining attractive nuisance Children are naturally curious and tend to be more reckless when it comes to decision making. These predispositions can lead to serious trouble, especially when they are wandering the neighborhood alone or with friends. Kids can wander onto someone else’s property and get… read moreREAD MORE
There are plenty of hotels and resorts in Georgia, and millions of tourists stop in the state annually. One of the best parts of a hotel, for many people, is going to a swim in the hotel pool. They are relaxing, especially after a long day around town. However, there are risks associated with swimming in a pool at a hotel. This can include: A slip and fall injury Drowning or near-drowning Getting sucked into a broken drain Injuries from broken or rusty ladders What are the duties of a hotel or resort? A hotel or resort has a general… read moreREAD MORE
Georgia has an act in place that protects many owners of recreational properties from liability for accidents. The Recreational Property Act, § 51-3-20 of the Georgia Code, limits landowners’ liability for injuries when visitors enter the property for recreational reasons. This statute includes playground and park facilities accessible to the general public in the state. Unfortunately, this rule can bar many victims from having claims against the landowner – even if the owner was negligent. Specifics of the Recreational Property Act According to the Recreational Property Act, the owner of land used for recreational purposes owes no duty of care… read moreREAD MORE
Slip and fall accidents send thousands of people to the hospital every year. They are some of the most common causes of personal injury and premises liability claims in Atlanta as well as throughout Georgia. As temperatures drop, the risk of slip and falls rises. Ice, snow, and sleet on sidewalks and in parking lots can cause serious physical injuries. In some cases, victims of ice slips may be able to seek compensation for their damages from the at-fault party. Ice Slips and Premises Liability It is every property owner’s responsibility to keep his or her premises reasonably safe for… read moreREAD MORE
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