If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a claim. According to Georgia law, you have two years from the date of the incident to file a premises liability lawsuit. That incident could involve a slip-and-fall, a hazardous condition or an elevator accident, just to name a few.
Some of those who come seeking assistance from us here at Garland, Samuel, and Loeb have experienced insult or harm at the hands of others acting under the employ of a company or organization. Often, their first questions center around how far liability extends in such cases. Can an employer actually be held liable for the actions of his or her employees? This is the question that we will try to answer in this post.
One need only take a drive around the streets of Atlanta to see children at play in the city’s many parks and public areas. Yet every so often, it’s not uncommon to see kids playing in potentially dangerous areas, such as construction sites and near railroads. When parents come to us here at the offices of Garland, Samuel, and Loeb after children have been injured playing in these areas, they often want to know who’s responsible for protecting their kids from these dangers. In this post, we explain the legal guidelines governing such cases, commonly known as the Attractive Nuisance Doctrine.
In the city of Atlanta, home and business owners are responsible for keeping their property in good repair and in reasonably safe condition. This includes making sure that sidewalks and driveways where the general public walk are free from defects and potential hazardous conditions. If a person should trip and fall or have an accident on the property because of a safety hazard, the owner may be held liable for that person's injuries. This is also true of property owned by the city of Atlanta. In events where people hurt themselves on city property and the city is found to have been negligent, those people may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
A property owner in Atlanta has a duty to ensure that those who visit his or her home or building will be safe from any hazardous conditions or actions that could lead to injury. As such, he or she can be found liable if an accident that could have been prevented occurs on the premises. If the property is a place of business, that liability is extended to accidents occurring not only from unsafe conditions, but also from the negligent actions of employees.
When an accident occurs that injures other people, a negligent property owner can be held liable even if the accident was caused by an employee. In some cases, property owner negligence cases have held multiple parties responsible for the damages. Georgia laws regarding construction and workers are in place to protect innocent bystanders from being injured when there is nearby building construction or demolition.
Any dangerous property condition, no matter where it takes place, can result in litigation if someone is injured on the property. Accidents that occur offshore are not exempt from premises liability lawsuits, if an equipment or property owner is determined to be at fault. Additionally, parties that may have contributed to the hazardous conditions can also be held liable for any injuries.
Laws in Georgia exist to protect people from dangerous property conditions and hopefully prevent an accident. If someone is hurt as a result of property owner negligence, the injured person has the right to seek compensation for his or her medical expenses. Local and state legal authorities would much rather keep a dangerous condition from happening instead, which is why property owners must adhere to a set of rules regarding their property and equipment.