Many Georgia lawyers refer to these cases as "slip and fall" accidents. However, the correct term is "unsafe conditions." Regardless of what they are called, most of these cases occur when someone falls on another person's property (usually a store or business location). While the vast majority of unsafe conditions cases are not serious, each year over 250,000 people suffer serious injuries and are rendered disabled after falling in a store or other premise. A relatively simple fall can result in catastrophic injuries.
Every Georgia business or property owner (the "premises owner") has a "non-delegable" duty to keep the property in a safe condition and to warn visitors of any safety hazards or unsafe conditions. This duty extends to the entryways and exits of the business, which includes the parking lot. The premises owner is liable for injuries caused by unsafe conditions which the premises knew or should have known created an unsafe condition.
Many serious injuries are caused by inadequate lighting, a lack of warning signs, steps and handrails which do not comply with the applicable building code, uneven steps or unmarked bumps or dips in the walkway, slippery or wet floors, poor visibility, boxes falling on customers from over-stocked shelves, and low objects which are not visible but jut into an aisle or walkway. Other types of common premises liability cases include serious dog bites, failure to properly repair unsafe conditions such as holes or bumps in the ground on the business premises and failure to exercise reasonable care for the safety of customers which results in criminal acts. Unfortunately, too many customers become the victim of violent crimes such as rape, robbery and shooting caused by the premises owner not providing reasonably safe conditions.
Unsafe conditions victims can suffer serious brain injuries when they trip and land on their head. Many others suffer from broken ankles, broken legs, torn knee ligaments, broken wrists, torn rotator cuff injuries, and other injuries and broken bones. Serious injuries usually result in damages in the form of medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. In addition, the spouse of an injured person is entitled to be compensated for "loss of consortium" which is the loss that occurs when a spouse is injured and the other spouse loses their companionship, services, and marital relations.
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