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October 2018 Archives

Partygoers injured in floor collapse

Georgia residents may have heard about the collapse of an apartment floor in South Carolina that sent about 30 people to the hospital. The accident happened at a private party near Clemson University on Oct. 21. Not long after midnight, ambulances went to the scene in response to a call for help.

Understanding attractive nuisances

Children have a natural curiosity and tendency for playfulness that are necessary for exploration and learning, but which can contribute to children finding themselves in situations that are dangerous. Property owners in Georgia should be aware that a person's property can have objects that can entice the children to venture onto the property and that can hold hidden dangers. They should also be mindful that if these objects also present some form of danger to the children, they are legally bound under the attractive nuisance doctrine to take the necessary steps to protect children who may wander onto the property.

Halloween and premises liability law

Homeowners in Georgia may have their concerns about liability as Halloween approaches, and it's important to address them. For example, homeowners may turn on their porch light to invite trick-or-treaters; at that moment, they assume responsibility for any injuries that trick-or-treaters may incur. If they do not intend to invite trick-or-treaters, they should turn off the light.

Safety tips for a house party

Georgia residents who host gatherings for friends or family members need to take steps to keep everyone safe. While the goal of a party is to have fun, accidents can happen with little warning. This could result in damaged property or arguments that hurt relationships. Ideally, a homeowner will only allow a limited number of invited guests to their event.

How does your business handle customers who don't pay?

Whether you own a Fortune 500 company or one of Georgia's many cottage industries, getting your customers to pay on time is critical to your success. In the beginning, you may have felt comfortable with a more flexible payment policy, but you quickly learned that this arrangement can cost your business dearly and even endanger its chances of survival.

Did trick or treat end in a scary injury?

While taking your children for trick or treat, you cautiously approach a neighbor's house. It looks fantastic, in keeping with the spirit of the spooky holiday, with strobe lights, shadows and a thick mist coming from a fog machine. Suddenly, someone in a ghastly mask leaps out from the shadows. It startles you, and you trip on a cord hidden by the fog and darkness, and wind up in the hospital with a broken leg or head injury.

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