There are many different types of outdoor slip-and-fall accidents that can injure people in Georgia. Because slip-and-fall accidents happen frequently and are often the result of dangerous property conditions, they are one of the most common kinds of personal injury claims.
A slip-and-fall accident in Georgia can lead to serious injury and even death. Although both men and women experience this type of accident, it is more common for men to die from such accidents at work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that falls are responsible for 11 percent of male work-related fatalities and 5 percent of female work-related fatalities. However, the most common injury suffered in a fall is a fracture, which are suffered by 5 percent of all fall victims.
With record-breaking snowfalls this winter in areas that do not typically see a great deal of snow or ice, such as many parts of Georgia, some law firms are already reporting a spike in claims arising from slip-and-fall injuries caused by improper sidewalk and street maintenance. These premises liability claims often stem from the notion that property owners have a duty of care to prevent injury to others on and around their property.
In Georgia, a landlord may not always be liable if a tenant slips, falls and suffers an injury. In some cases, the law will presume that the person who slipped and fell could have taken care to avoid that injury. The law may also find that the property owner was not liable for an accident if due care was taken to prevent slippery conditions from existing.
The owners and managers of properties in Georgia have a duty of care to provide a safe environment for visitors. They are expected to take reasonable steps to avoid unsafe conditions, and they may be subject to civil sanctions when preventable injuries occur on the properties under their control. Examples of negligent behavior include lax maintenance practices and failing to address potentially dangerous situations in a timely manner.
Georgia residents might be interested to learn what factors can lead to a slip-and-fall accident outside of an establishment and who is liable for the resulting injuries. Because this type of accident could potentially cause serious injuries when it occurs on a hard surface, business owners are expected to take precautions to prevent outdoor slip-and-falls on their properties.
Imagine that you are walking through an apartment building and the lighting in the hallway is very dim. You persist on, though, so that you can reach your friend’s place. As you continue walking down the hallway, you aren't able to see some shoddy carpeting. It tore in multiple places, causing some uneven footing for anyone who would walk on it -- and sadly, you planted your foot right there.
Slip and fall accidents may sound like relatively harmless incidents from which any person could just bounce back. However, that insinuation is incorrect. Slip and fall accidents are quite serious and people can suffer truly life-changing injuries as a result of a poorly-maintained premises.