Was the playground one of the attractions of the Atlanta apartment complex you chose? Perhaps you wanted your child to have a safe place to play close to home. You trusted that the property owner would make sure it was safe for children.
Slips, trips and falls can happen at almost any building or facility in Georgia. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), falls are the second-leading cause of injury at work. Furthermore, floors and floor materials account for two million injuries per year. Typically, individuals slip or fall on floors that are wet or are made slippery by ice or oil. Mud, wet leaves and other items can also increase the risk of a person falling.
In general, property owners have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment for all lawful entrants. That includes guests, employees, and customers. The state of Georgia also follows the doctrine of attractive nuisance, which protects children in certain cases when they trespass on a property.
Georgia residents who own a swimming pool or spa may be looking forward to the summer. However, they should keep in mind that pools and spas can pose a safety hazard, especially for toddlers. In June 2019, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission came out with a report saying that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among 1- to 4-year-olds in the U.S. As for those aged 5 to 19, the leading cause is transportation accidents.
Most people go through life never imagining they will become the victim of a crime. You may see news coverage of such events in other states. Even if a tragic crime occurs near your Georgia home, it may still be too terrible to conceive that you may be involved in a similar incident.
Members of the Georgia State Bar have re-elected Isenberg & Hewitt attorney Harriet C. Isenberg as Co-Chair of the Creditor's Rights Section. The Creditor's Rights Section is focused on educating and serving Georgia attorneys in this area of law.
Employers in Georgia or anywhere else may be liable for injuries that occur to employees in parking lots. Therefore, it is important that they take steps to ensure that workers are as safe as possible while on a lot or in a parking garage. One way to accomplish this goal is to ensure that everyone knows where they should be driving or walking. Bright paint, physical barriers or large signs can help direct traffic in a lot or in a garage.