Identifying defendants in a premises liability case resulting from objects falling from tall buildings in Georgia could prove complicated. Take for example the scenario of an improperly installed air conditioner unit in the window of an upper story apartment. Urban myths warn of the dangers of these units falling and hitting people on sidewalks. It rarely happens, but, when it does, the details in each case influence the assignment of responsibility for a victim's damages.
Business owners in Georgia, as elsewhere in the U.S., know what it can mean for them if a customer slips and falls on their property. Such an accident could be attributed to the business owner's negligence and lead to the victim filing a premises liability claim. In the end, whether the victim receives a settlement or not, the business owner will have to spend time and money on a legal defense.
Some Georgia residents may have heard about a roller coaster derailment in Florida on June 14. The Sand Blaster ride at Daytona Beach had 10 people on it when the accident occurred. Two of them fell to the ground and two others were left dangling in one of the cars. In all, the Halifax Health Medical Center said it admitted nine people in connection with accident.
Before 1981, fixed amusement rides were regulated by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. Today, Georgia and other states regulate these rides within their own borders, and regulations aren't necessarily uniform in each state. This is because of a budget deal reached in 1981, and lobbying efforts by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions have kept proposals for federal regulations at bay.
Landlords in Georgia and around the country are expected to do all that they reasonably can to protect visitors and members of the public from harm, but the scope of this duty of care has been the focus of fierce legal debate. Plaintiffs in negligence lawsuits have argued that landlords have additional duties to protect others under premises liability law, but the courts have been reluctant to impose duties on landlords that would not apply equally to others.
Georgia parents may be interested to learn that a 9-year-old California boy suffered minor injuries in a bounce house accident on May 12. California authorities said that strong winds caused the bounce house to fly up into the air with the child inside. It landed about a quarter mile away from the child's backyard. It struck a car that was traveling on Highway 395; however, the boy fell out of the bounce house before the collision.
Families in Georgia who own a trampoline or are thinking of buying one may be wondering what the safety risks are. One pediatric orthopedic surgeon says that trampolines should not be regarded as a "toy," claiming that they are responsible for thousands of emergency room visits every year in the U.S.
There are roughly 4.5 million dog bites reported in Georgia and throughout the United States each year according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. With 6,244 incidents reported in 2017, postal workers were bitten the most often. Roughly 20 percent of bites require treatment in an emergency room. In 2017, the average dog bite homeowners insurance claim cost $37,051, and claims related to dog bites made up one-third of all homeowners insurance claims.
Georgia fans of star magician David Copperfield might be interested in a slip and fall lawsuit that is pending against Copperfield and the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas. A jury trial began in the case on April 13.
Georgia residents may have heard about the fire that broke out in Trump Tower at about 5 p.m. on April 7. The fire resulted in six firefighters sustaining injuries and one person dying. According to authorities, there was no sprinkler system at the time of the blaze. The building is the same one in which President Trump has a residence, and neither the president nor any family members were in the building at the time of the fire.