Many Georgia residents enjoy going to amusement parks each year. However, thrill rides can be dangerous. For example, a new report finds that a Florida zip line operator failed to perform a safety check on a 10-year-old boy's harness before he went on the ride in September. The child plummeted 20 feet to the concrete floor below and suffered serious injuries.
Carving pumpkins for Halloween is a fall tradition for many Georgia families, but it must be done carefully as the implements used are extremely sharp. A Colorado woman learned this lesson the hard way in October 2018 when she suffered a serious hand injury while participating in a pumpkin carving competition. The woman claims in a lawsuit filed on Oct. 28 that her injury could have been prevented if the ski and snowboard club that organized the competition had taken adequate precautions.
Premises liability is the legal theory stating that property owners are responsible for any bodily injuries and property damage that lawful entrants incur. This theory holds even for the owners, operators and lessors of airports in Georgia, so they may want to make sure they have premises liability coverage. In many cases, they can add it via an insurance endorsement. Adding a separate general liability policy may set them back $750 to $2,000 for the premium alone.
Business owners in Georgia need to do all they can to avoid accidents on the property because if they involve a visitor or customer rather than an employee, accidents can lead to premises liability claims. Slip-and-fall accidents are behind many of these claims, so owners may want to start by addressing hazards like wet floors, torn carpeting, ice on the sidewalks and potholes in the parking lot.
Those who wander onto another person's property on Halloween night in search of candy could slip, trip or otherwise hurt themselves. Homeowners in Georgia and throughout the country may be liable for paying damages to injured victims. However, there are steps that an individual can take to minimize the possibility that an accident occurs on his or her property. For instance, it can be a good idea to make sure that extension cords aren't in a visitor's path.
Georgia readers were likely horrified by the Aug. 3 shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart Supercenter that left 22 people dead. Now, four members of a family who were caught up in the tragedy have filed a lawsuit against Walmart Inc., Walmart Stores Texas LLC and the man who committed the shooting.
Concern over mass shootings reached new heights in Georgia and around the country in August when incidents in Texas and Ohio claimed 32 lives on consecutive days. The Texas shooting took place in an El Paso Walmart store and was perpetrated by a man who seems to have specifically targeted Latino employees and shoppers. A married couple who were injured in the attack while shopping with their children have filed a premises liability lawsuit against Walmart that alleges the Arkansas-based retailer could have done more to protect its workers and customers.
According to an agent from State Farm, most dogs in Georgia and throughout the country will not bite. However, it is also important to remember that any dog has the potential to bite. California, Illinois and Ohio were the states that had the highest number of bites in 2018. State Farm alone has paid $1.1 billion in dog bite claims over the past decade, and more than 50% of bite victims are children.
Georgia residents should know that in New York City, elevators are considered a safe form of travel due to strict safety guidelines and inspection requirements. This does not mean, however, that accidents cannot happen. The Department of Buildings is investigating an incident that occurred on the morning of Aug. 22 and left a 30-year-old man dead.
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.