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Premises Liability

When Restaurants Can Be Responsible for Illness and Injury

Anytime you go out to eat with your friends or family, the last thing that you expect is that someone will sustain an injury or illness. Unfortunately, there are times when the careless or negligent actions of restaurant owners or employees cause harm to patrons. Here, we want to discuss when restaurants can be held liable for illnesses or injuries sustained by their guests. What we will see is that these incidents usually fall under the theory of premises liability, which means restaurant owners and operators owe a duty of care to those who have a right to be at… read more

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What is a Toxic Tort?

What happens if a person is injured due to exposure to a dangerous substance? This can be a challenging question to answer, and the facts and circumstances surrounding each particular situation of exposure will be very important. In some situations, individuals harmed due to exposure to a dangerous substance may need to file a toxic torts lawsuit in Georgia. These cases can become incredibly complicated. Here, we want to briefly discuss how toxic tort injuries occur as well as why an attorney is necessary for these cases. Toxic Tort Claim Basics People who have been exposed to hazardous materials or… read more

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Grocery Store Slip and Falls

Any time a person goes to the grocery store, the last thing they expect is that they will sustain an injury caused by a slip and fall accident. Unfortunately, grocery stores offer a plethora of risks when it comes to these types of injuries. Grocery stores are busy hives of activity, and it is not uncommon for slip and fall hazards to arise. Here, we want to discuss the most common causes of grocery store slip and falls, who can be held liable for these incidents, and whether or not injury victims can secure compensation. Most Common Causes of Georgia… read more

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Above-ground Swimming Pool Laws & Regulations in Georgia

When the weather starts to heat up in Georgia, pools become more popular. Nothing beats back the hot Georgia weather like a backyard swimming pool. While many Georgians have in-ground pools at their homes, above-ground pools are becoming more and more popular. Their popularity springs from the fact that they cost less than in-ground pools and can be installed in a fraction of the time. Above-ground pools are also incredibly convenient for smaller yards where a large in-ground pool just simply would not work. However, it is important to understand that there are laws and regulations surrounding above-ground pools in… read more

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Injured On Private Property In Atlanta While Trespassing

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 more

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What is an Attractive Nuisance?

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 more

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Can a Hotel or Resort be Liable for a Personal Injury Claim?

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 more

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What Is Georgia’s Recreational Property Act?

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 more

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Can You Sue If You Slip on Ice on Someone’s Property?

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 more

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