Well over 700 people are raped every day in this country. Twenty percent of all women report that someone raped them at least once during their lifetime. One third of those victims say the assault took place at a bar or nightclub.
According to a data complied by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., 40 percent of small businesses are likely to face liability claims at some point in the next 10 years. Based upon a five-year historical analysis, the most common types of claims related to burglary and theft, which made up 20 percent of all claims made in the past five years. However, those types of claims only cost a company an average of $8,000.
Snow and ice are rarely a concern for Georgia residents, but that does not mean that they should be unconcerned about slip-and-fall accidents that occur on sidewalks adjacent to their property. Many people assume that local authorities are responsible for maintaining and repairing sidewalks, but property owners also have their part to play. While homeowner's insurance policies usually cover sidewalk accidents, the amount of coverage they provide may not always be sufficient.
Some Georgia residents who have been injured in an accident might be wondering what makes a personal injury lawsuit successful in a court setting. A showing of negligence is required and, to be proven, there are specific factors that must be present in order for the party who caused the injuries to be held responsible for them. Since evidence is often unclear and lacking in specificity, negligence in some situations can be proven under the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur, a Latin phrase meaning 'the thing speaks for itself."
If you have been seriously injured in an accident or as a crime victim in an apartment complex or multiple-family dwelling complex such as a mobile home park, you may be able to recover damages from the property owner or its management company. Georgia law requires that apartment owners and managers are to keep the premises reasonably safe and to correct dangerous conditions about which they knew or should have known.
Georgia parents may be unaware that each year, about 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are injured seriously enough on playgrounds to warrant emergency medical center visits. It was estimated in 1995 that these injuries cost $1.2 billion.
When determining who is at fault for an injury that occurs on another person's property Georgia, it is important to understand the status of the visitor. Unless someone is an invitee, the owner of a property may not be liable for anyone who gets hurt. In the case of a licensee or a trespasser, there is no implication that the property is safe to enter.
Georgia residents may be interested in the story of one woman who was fatally injured in Illinois when part of a building fell on her while she was walking. The building had failed some recent inspections due to a cracked façade and other structural issues.
As most Georgia residents are aware -- and as many around the nation have heard -- the state of Georgia has revised its gun laws. Pro-gun activists believe the changes were necessary and that the changes are simply an expansion of their gun carrying rights. Anti-gun activists believe the changes are dangerous and that the new "guns everywhere" law will lead to more violence.