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The factors in a slip and fall settlement

There are many factors that must be taken into consideration when settling a slip-and-fall case. For instance, it is important to consider whether a Georgia property owner was at fault for the incident occurring. This may be true if there was no sign warning an individual of a wet floor or if there was no rug to help keep the floors dry. Awards in this type of a case are classified as general and special damages.

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.

Tips to stay safe while shopping

Walking through a parking garage in Georgia or anywhere else could make a person vulnerable to being attacked or losing property to a thief. This is because many people who are walking to their cars are looking at their phones or otherwise not paying attention to their surroundings. To lower the odds of an attack, it can be a good idea to shop during the day.

The importance of premises liability coverage at airports

There are many responsibilities that go along with owning, leasing or operating on an airport in Georgia, one of which is insurance. This applies to people who may lease hanger space for purposes not involving aviation-related activities. Most agreements require leaseholders to have liability insurance related to possible instances of tenant negligence. Options with liability coverage include general liability, public liability and owner/landlord-tenant liability. However, it's premises liability that may be especially beneficial for anyone owning or leasing airport property.

Apartment building fire sparks lawsuit

An apartment building fire can be a major tragedy for Georgia residents and their families, which is one reason why it is often a major fear of apartment dwellers. Residents of one Texas building recently learned in a horrifying way that the safety standards they may have expected of their building were, unfortunately, not in place or functioning correctly. On July 20, 2018, the Iconic Village Apartmens burst into flames overnight. However, the fire alarms did not sound, and people in the building were awoken by invading smoke, heat, breaking glass and screams as a result.

Injured contracted employees may have claim for damages

If a person who was contracted for a job becomes injured while on the job in Georgia, the party liable for financial compensation and medical bills depends on the nature of the incident. Many contractors are licensed and bonded, which means that their medical claims would be handled by their own insurance company. If the contracted employee is not licensed or bonded, however, a personal injury claim may help a contracted employee receive damages for their injury.

Court rules that golf courses must protect against wasps

Georgia residents who either own a property or frequent one where certain dangers are present should know about a premises liability case in California that ended in an interesting court decision. Back in July 2013, a woman at a golf club in Napa Valley was taking private golf lessons when she was swarmed by yellow jackets at the fifth hole. These wasps are predatory and can attack without any provocation. The woman was stung more than 50 times and, according to paramedics, was within 15 seconds of dying. Her physical recovery cost her over a month of work, and her development of a deathly allergy to wasps means that she must now carry EpiPens wherever she goes.

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