The Georgia Department of Public Health reported on Aug. 12 that one person has died and a further 63 have become ill in connection with an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease at an Atlanta area hotel. At least a dozen cases have been confirmed by lab tests. One lawsuit has been filed against the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel over the outbreak, and legal experts expect many more. The 67-year-old man who filed the lawsuit wants a jury trial and is seeking damages to compensate him for his medical bills, pain and suffering and lost income.
Georgia residents may be intrigued to hear about a lawsuit that has been filed against Wayne Newton, the Las Vegas entertainer, over an unusual incident. Back in October 2017, a woman who went on a tour of one of Newton's former estates was allegedly bitten by a monkey that the performer had been keeping there as a pet.
Under the premises liability laws in Georgia, property owners have a responsibility to keep lawful entrants like guests, customers and employees free from harm. If an entrant uses the property in a reasonably safe manner but gets injured, then there may be grounds for a claim. Slip-and-fall claims are among the most common premises liability cases, and they can arise from various types of injuries.
Though escalators are among the safest modes of transportation, they can still be the site of accidents. The National Elevator Industry offers some escalator safety tips that Georgia residents will want to take into account. After all, the majority of accidents stem from the negligence of those riding the escalator.
Some Georgia fans of the musician Drake might have heard that he is facing a lawsuit in relation to an injury that occurred at one of his shows in 2016. The 24-year-old New York woman who filed it has also named Madison Square Gardens, an employee and Live Nation in the lawsuit.
Slip-and-fall incidents are behind many personal injury lawsuits in Georgia. A variety of different circumstances may contribute to a slip and fall occurring at a commercial or residential property. Taking precautions may help protect property owners from being legally responsible for any accidents that occur.
Property owners in Georgia should know that they have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment. As part of that, they must routinely inspect their gas pipes for any leaks. An incident at a Florida shopping center illustrates what can happen if property owners fail in this regard.
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.