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 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.
Georgia commercial property owners may have heard that the man who owned most of the Philadelphia building that collapsed on June 5 and killed six people during demolition had been pushing for the contractors tearing it down to go faster. This may have contributed to the negligence that was allegedly the cause of a four-story masonry wall crashing down onto a thrift store below. Newly released emails show that the head of New York City-based STB said that he was shocked to see the building still standing at the 2100 block of Market Street at the end of May.
In the Atlanta, Georgia, area and nationwide, train derailments tend to be newsworthy because of both their rareness and their severity. However, this wasn't always the case. Up until about 1980, there were approximately 3,000 derailments per year in the U.S. alone. Nowadays, there are only about 500 due to safety and equipment upgrades, suggesting that while the problem has improved, it's still not completely gone.
Atlanta residents may be interested in a sexual assault story coming from the southern shores of Florida. Miami Beach police stated that they have identified the man who attacked a female South Beach hotel guest at about 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 6. The 26-year-old man allegedly sexually assaulted the woman after entering an elevator in the hotel with her. The man told the victim that he was headed for the same floor. When the doors to the elevator opened, the man grabbed the woman, dragged her to her hotel room and sexually assaulted her. He also robbed the woman, who was visiting from Switzerland.
A city like Atlanta, Georgia may have business establishments that do not provide adequate security for patrons. The Discovery Channel's reality show "The Devils Ride" filmed and broadcast a California bar brawl in which a man was seriously injured. The man has filed suit against Discovery Communications seeking payment for medical expenses and lost earnings. He is also pursuing punitive damages for battery, assault, emotional distress, premises liability, negligence and violation of privacy. A security company is also named as a defendant. The plaintiff is claiming that there was not enough security or bar staff to stop the fight.
An Atlanta, Georgia, shooting may have been mitigated if inadequate security was not a factor. A 24-year-old man was recently shot to death in Atlanta outside a nightclub. The club property owner said that an argument had erupted between patrons of the club and continued outside the club in the parking lot. The injured victim died in another business's parking lot. Witnesses described and video footage showed two groups of people that were arguing in the club. According to the evidence, police say that the argument started because of a comment that was made to a woman in one of the groups. The two groups both exited the club and the argument escalated. A second altercation broke out that resulted in the victim's shooting.
A wrongful death suit has been filed against a Georgia drug treatment center. The family of the victim has filed the wrongful death suit after he died from a fatal accident of overdosing on drugs and alcohol while under the care of the treatment center. The man who died arrived at the center after a judge ordered him into residential treatment. He had been convicted of possession of cocaine and was given the alternative to enter the treatment center instead of going to jail. His family claims that it paid more than $30,000 for his treatment at a center that it believed was a supervised, residential facility. Family members said they only had 72 hours to choose a treatment center and chose the one they did based on the information available to them at the time.
A man may have died as a result of a reckless or negligent security guard in Cobb County, Georgia. The security guard allegedly shot one man and injured another during a recent shooting. The shooting occurred in Austell, Georgia. Witnesses told responding police officers that the shooter was a security guard. They stated that the security guard shot one man after the two of them got into a fight. The other victim was injured by a stray bullet. The police found the victims in the parking lot of the apartment complex.