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Liability for indoor slip-and-fall accidents

When a person in Georgia slips and falls indoors, the owner of the premises where the accident took place could be liable for the person's injuries. An owner or possessor of premises is legally responsible for injuries that are a direct result of negligent maintenance. Indoor slip-and-fall accidents may occur on floors, stairs, escalators and elevators.

Property owners have certain responsibilities to maintain their floors, depending on what type they have. For example, a tile floor may need to be mopped and treated with a non-skid solution. If a slip-and-fall accident occurs on a wet floor, the property owner could be liable for failing to close off the wet area or provide warnings. Slip-and-fall accidents can also happen on carpeted floors that contain holes or bulges due to lack of maintenance.

Serious accidents can occur on stairs that are not properly maintained by the property owner. If a person slips and falls on stairs that have worn and rounded steps, debris or a missing handrail, the property owner could be held financially responsible. Owners of escalators and elevators are often held to a particularly high standard of conduct. Escalators and elevators should be properly maintained so that they can safely transport passengers.

Premises liability lawsuits are grounded on negligence, and in particular the failure of property owners to exercise the requisite standard of care to people who had the right to be where they were when they fell. Legal counsel can often assist an injured victim in seeking appropriate damages through such a civil action.

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